Performance Physical Therapy

Lorraine Jackson
I was treated for my neck and shoulders, primarily by Jennifer. I also saw a few other therapists, but not once did I have to repeat my story. The environment of PPT and the friendliness of all the staff made my visits enjoyable! I can’t believe how pain free I am! I’ve been to other therapy places; PPT is TOPS!
Joseph Ford
Always helpful professional knowledgeable. Just an all out great experience.
Eva Dreyer
Before coming to PPT I saw another physical therapist about hip pain. After seven weeks there wasn’t any improvement. A friend recommended PPT and the results were phenomenal! Sean thoroughly tested my range of motion and prescribed several stretching and strengthening exercises. He progressed these weekly. He re-tested my ROM after six weeks and the improvements were remarkable. Plus the pain was gone! Sean will be my PT for life!
linda bradford
From the start of my PT everyone I encountered was very friendly and pleasant. I was impressed with the interaction between staff and how knowledgeable Taylor (PT) as well as the techs were when I asked questions. I would recommend this office!!!
barbara brockett
I came to Performance Physical Therapy several years ago because I had heard good things about them, having been disappointed in other PT practices I had used over the years. Most recently, the last two sets of therapy have been with Jordan Morris, who is an outstanding diagnostician and therapist. He carefully evaluated my aches and pains and the exercises he used and therapies he applied succeeded in vastly improving my strength and flexibility. I would most definitely work with him again if I have any other issues. He is an asset to the practice.
Gary Rose
Knowledgeable, friendly, and great staff well organized.
Karen Riordan
Highly Recommend! I was extremely impressed w/the quality of care I received. The Physical therapist, Sam Bachman, had her Doctorate in Physical Therapy - was up to date on the latest treatments and had me 100% for a shoulder issue in just a few short weeks, after months of pain. I would definatly go back to PPT for any future needs!


How to Keep Low Back Pain from Getting Worse

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Anyone who has experienced low back pain understands how disruptive and demoralizing it can be, especially when left untreated. Even minor bouts of pain can limit your activities, distract you at work, add to your stress, and even cause depression — especially if the pain persists or worsens over time. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent low back pain from worsening. Here’s a sample of what you could try.

Stop any activities or movements that aggravate your pain.

This may appear self-explanatory, but many people fail to recognize the connection between certain types of movement and back pain. Identify and avoid any behaviors, activities, or movements that may be aggravating your injury. That doesn’t mean you should become sedentary or immobile (more on that later) — it just means you’re giving your back a temporary break from the things that are causing it to hurt, so it can heal.

Stay active as much as possible

When you’re suffering from back pain, the last thing you want to do is exercise. However, with the exception of activities that specifically aggravate your back, you should maintain as much activity as possible. Muscle strength and flexibility are two of your best natural defenses against back pain. Speak with your doctor or physical therapist about low-impact exercises you can do to strengthen your back muscles and relieve pressure on your spine. If you work at a desk, make time to get up and stretch every now and then.

Keep your posture in check

Low back pain often develops gradually as a result of poor posture habits. By changing these habits, you can alleviate and sometimes even reverse the pain. Don’t slouch forward when you sit, stand or walk. Practice standing/sitting with your back straight and your head squarely above your shoulders. You may be surprised at how much better you feel after only a few weeks.

Change your mattress

A sagging, worn-out mattress that provides little or no support can worsen low back pain. In fact, a bad mattress could be the source of your discomfort. Everyone’s firmness preferences vary, but in general, low back pain sufferers benefit from a medium-firm mattress — one that supports pressure points without being too firm. To get a better night’s sleep, do some research and try out some mattresses at your local furniture store.

Quit smoking

The connection between smoking and back pain may not be obvious, but believe us when we say it exists. Nicotine reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood that is required to nourish your back muscles; it also reduces blood flow to the spine, which can cause the disks to dry out and crack. Given all of the other health risks associated with smoking, now may be the ideal time to quit. Your back, as well as your lungs, heart, and many other parts of your body, will thank you.

Seek medical treatment

When basic self-care doesn’t seem to be alleviating your low back pain, and the pain appears to be worsening, it’s time to consult with an experienced spine specialist to discuss your medical options for pain management. Don’t take this to imply that you must have surgery. Physical therapy, massage therapy, regenerative injection therapy, and other treatments are available in modern medicine to treat back and spine issues, with surgery reserved as a last resort.

More than 80% of Americans will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives. That doesn’t mean you have to accept it, and it certainly doesn’t mean you have to let it worsen. Try some of the above-mentioned remedies and see if they help you — and, if necessary, seek medical attention.

Manual therapy, exercises, and pain neuroscience education can all be used by physical therapists to treat low back pain. Click here to learn more about our back program.

Make your back healthy as possible to gain control over your pain. Call us today (302-234-2288) to make an appointment with one of our physical therapists!