Some of the more common back injuries suffered during an auto accident are herniated discs. When the trauma of a crash causes spinal disc material to move out of normal positioning, this can put pressure on the spinal nerves and cause pain. In addition to a number of PT treatment options, Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation may use Spinal Decompression Traction to gently separate the bones of the spine. Not only does this action lift pressure from the nerves to temporarily relieve pain, it also allows the spinal discs to move back into normal positioning (through a vacuum-like effect in which spinal material is ‘sucked’ back into place) for the resolution and healing of herniated discs.
Other physical therapy techniques used at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation include therapeutic exercise, which is sometimes aided with PowerPlate whole body vibration. Exercise helps back injury patients to increase range-of-motion, improve flexibility, and reduce pain. It also helps patients to build strength, which is essential for reducing the likelihood of future injury. Passive physical therapy may also be incorporated for Monmouth County back injury patients, including laser therapy, electrotherapy, ultrasound, and/or ice and heat.