Is Physical Therapy Right for Your Low Back Pain?

Is Physical Therapy Right for Your Low Back Pain?

Low back pain can be very debilitating. One of the top reasons Americans miss work is due to low back pain. It is also the most common diagnosis I see in my physical therapy clinic in Tampa, FL, Lutz, FL. So what do you do when you injure your back?

If you do nothing and just rest, it may resolve on it’s own. If, after a few weeks, you are still having difficulty moving around and the pain is not improving, physical therapy may be right for you. 

Most patients with low back pain have a generalized tightness in the muscles of the low back and hips. Specifically, the piriformis muscle and lumbar paraspinals are tight. Stretching these muscles may help relieve it. 

Misalignments of the pelvis are another major reason for the low back pain. If you have a sharp pain when you extend back in standing, this may be an SI joint dysfunction. If diagnosed and treated properly the pain should not persist past six to eight weeks. I typically get these patients better in three weeks with immediate relief on the first visit using my revolutionary new treatment method, Whelton Myofascial Referral Technique.

If you are having persistent pain in the low back and tired of missing out on your life, find the best physical therapist near you and get it resolved.

If you are looking for the best physical therapist in the Tampa, FL, Lutz, FL area you can contact my office at (813) 910 – 9040 or visit


Dr. Norm Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., Neurosurgeon, Inventor of the TENS Unit, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Rhizotomy Surgical Procedure, Author of 325 articles, 36 books Foremost Expert in the World for Pain says  this about Dr. Whelton and His Physical Therapy Treatment:

“Dr. Whelton is an Intuitive Genius, A Real Healer, I Hope His Treatment Becomes a First-Line Physical Therapy Treatment for Most Pain Problems”

Author: Sport and Spine PT

Ryan Whelton has developed a true breakthrough that often instantly dramatically decreases or eliminates pain, increases range of motion and decreases muscle spasm all in just seconds to minutes. Patients also experience an accelerated healing rate. Education Northeastern University; Doctor of Physical Therapy Northeastern University; M.S. in Physical Therapy Northeastern University; B.S. in Rehabilitation Science Subspecialties Chronic Pain Back and Neck Pain Sports Injuries (including high-level ballerinas, gymnasts, baseball, football, soccer, basketball) TMJ/Jaw Pain Migraine/Tension Headaches Injury Prevention in Adolescents Veterans Hospital (Tampa, FL) Ryan spent almost 3 years rehabilitating our nation's veterans and active duty soldiers returning from war. He had the opportunity to rehab injuries most PTs never see in their career. Rehabilitating soldiers with orthopedic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injures, soldiers with burns, soldiers who are single and double amputees, chronic pain, cardiac rehabilitation, post surgical patients. Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins (NBA, NHL) Ryan worked alongside their head athletic trainers/physical therapists, at their clinic, and courtside, providing premier care for top athletes. New England Patriots (NFL) As an employee, he provided physical therapy to professional football players training for their upcoming season, at practice, before games, and during the Super Bowl. College Football (Division IA, ACC) The private physical therapist/personal trainer for the leading rusher in the history of Boston College. NFL Draft Trained athletes in New Orleans preparing themselves for grueling workouts and testing of the NFL combine. Ryan also trained athletes in New Orleans preparing for the NFL Draft, rehabilitating their injuries and increasing speed, strength and overall wellness. Radio Co-Host Ryan can be heard on the radio speaking to over a quarter of a million listeners, Saturdays on 860 AM "The Home Team." Due to his extensive experience in professional sports and working with other high level athletes he was asked to co-host the show as the official "Injury and Rehabilitation Expert" by "The Home Team." The show is hosted by arena voice of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Orlando Magic and press box voice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , Paul Porter. Personal Throughout his life he has not only been the clinician, but the patient. These experiences have given him a unique perspective on how he approaches and treats patients. He is able to better empathize with people who are in pain and/or disability. As a full scholarship collegiate athlete, he learned to juggle the rigors of 7.5 years of physical therapy school, with his athletic obligations, family and friends. This taught him how to create balance in his life while still striving to achieve his goals. Outside of Work When not working, Ryan loves; spending time with his wife, Jill, and son, Cameron. He also enjoys scuba diving, yoga, running, lifting weights, fishing, golfing, skiing, Aikido, yoga, Pilates, mountain biking, dog training and spending time at the beach. Ryan likes to travel and is trying to see as much of the world as he can.

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