Aquatic physical therapy - how helpful is it for low back pain?

Very. I like aquatic therapy for my patients with back pain because it allows them to get in the water and exercise while diminishing their own body weight and it's effect on the spine.

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Can you tell me about physical therapy for low back pain?

First see an MD/DO. You will need a diagnosis and referral to see a physical therapist. Consult a physiatrist who specializes in spine care to get a specific diagnosis. Then based on the specific cause of your back pain, the doctor can coordinate care (including specific physical therapy modalities and therapeutic exercise) for optimal outcome.

What is more effective for low back pain and joint pain; physical therapy or chiropractic?

It depends. There are many types of back pain. The correct diagnosis is important before you get treatment. Both can help but it is wise to be certain the cause before any type of therapy. See your physician first.
Both good. Common muscular low back can be treated equally well with either p.T. Or chiropractic. Joint pain depends entirely on which joint.
I would go. With consult with a rheumatologist or orthopedic surgeon, then get a referral to proper ancillary treatment.
Depends. Both specialists overlap quite a bit. Just depends on what you are comfortable with. Physical therapy is now doing a lot of manipulation therapies and vice versa chiropractors are noting the benefit of active exercise therapy for their patients as well. Often times seeing an sports medicine physician might be helpful since they have experience with both care types to guide you.

I have severe low back pain and have 2 bulging discs in T11 &t12 I have had 13 facet inj which have not helped and physical therapy not helped either?

Surgical option. You should see a neurosurgeon/spine surgeon to be evaluated and see if you are a candidate for surgery. If you can modify your life style and work around your symptoms then you don't need surgery now.
Thoracic disk probs. This is one of those "the cure is worse than the disease" scenarios. In the absence of spinal cord injury or irritation, I find it difficult to recommend this type of surgery. If your pain is exactly reproducible by diskogram, and absolutely all else (mckenzie pt, meds, injections) have failed, and you are a nonsmoker, then I would consider a spinal fusion. Through the side or back? Depends.
Hard to Say. Without evaluating you fully what to do. Recommend if you are not getting relief, seek another opinion. See a Pain/Spine specialist that is fellowship trained and has understanding of the musculoskeletal system like a physiatrist.

Is there physical therapy for lower back pain?

Yes!!! here's a You Tube video I produced with our physical therapists... http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=20zybMbnVoU and here is a more in depth academic paper, with theory, "A phased rehabilitation protocol for athletes with lumbar intervertebral disc herniation" http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC3812831/

Thoughts? Could physical therapy help my lower back pain?

Very likely.... Most adults will have back pain at some point in their lifetime. Common causes are musculoskeletal, strains, sprains, etc. In the absence of any neurological issues (ie. Muscle weakness) initial treatment includes: nsaid's (like ibuprofen), activity modification, stretching, and physical therapy. See your pcp for a prescription.....
Very likely. Regardless of cause, appropriate treatment can really make a difference. But recommend you be proactive, and have therapist teach you a home maintenance/stabilization approach. My favorites are the mckenzie lumbar spine exercises.

What is better for lower back pain, chiropractic therapy or physical therapy?

Depends. Both can help with back pain. The chiropractor tends to provides treatments to the patient to improve their pain, allowing for a passive patient role. Whereas the physical therapist tends to provide treatments (exercises) for the patient to engage in, allowing for a more active patient role. Both approaches can be effective.
A third option. Along with chiropractic and physical therapy, I would also suggest that you consider osteopathic manipulation. Unlike chiropractors and physical therapists, osteopathic physicians are fully licensed physicians that can provide manipulative as well as medical or pharmacological treatment in a holistic fashion according to your specific needs.
Diagnosis. You should first seek an orthopedic specialist for persistent pain and any dysfunction. Don't go first to a chiropractor. Chiropractors do not actually diagnose, but find problems from an outmoded theory disproved many times. Your orthopod can recommend medications, rest and proper physical therapy. Surgery is a last resort.
Neither. 7.5 percent of caucasian patienists are b27 positive, a marker that relates to inflammation of the sacroiliac joints, called sacroiilitis. This problem can be also associated with psoriatic arthritis (phil mickelson-golfer) and other types. You need medication for this to stop inflammation causing the problem. Of course exercise and massage are ueful for sore muscles, but a correct DX is needed.
Depends how severe. Both are viable therapies, but I would consult an orthopedic MD. First to rule out some more severe ailment that won't resolve with just chiropractic and PT- i.e. a severely herniated disk in the neck or back.