Are MRI and X-Ray Useful for Low Back Pain?

King Physical Therapy & Fitness back painAre you suffering from low back pain? Are you concerned about how you should begin to address your pain?

Approximately two thirds of Americans experience low back pain at some point during their lifetime. Many seek diagnostic imaging (magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or X-ray) to begin addressing the pain in hopes that it will lead to better treatment and outcomes. However, current medical research suggests that in MOST cases, diagnostic imaging is not as effective in determining the source of low back pain as once believed.

One study (Masui et. al. 2005) used MRI on a sample of healthy individuals with no presence of low back pain and found that 40% of these individuals had a bulging disc. Another study by Kjaer et. al. 2005 revealed that the majority of individuals over the age of 40 present with arthritis or “degenerative joint disease” in his or her back, but have no symptoms of pain.

In other words, these “abnormalities” within the spine are actually quite normal and often times painless. Therefore, it is difficult to determine whether a finding on an image of the spine is truly the cause of one’s pain.

At King Physical Therapy & Fitness, our skilled physical therapists are trained to perform an in-depth physical examination to find specific movements and hands-on techniques that can decrease your symptoms. Our therapists are also trained to recognize the small percentage of patients who should receive diagnostic imaging or referral to another medical professional.

Researchers have found that individuals who received an MRI first spent an average of $4,793 more in healthcare costs compared to those who went directly to a physical therapist (Fritz 2015). Furthermore, individuals that receive an early MRI for low back pain have longer lengths of disability and a slower return to normal function (Webster 2013). If you are experiencing low back pain, make an appointment with your physical therapist today to see what options are best and most cost-effective for you!


Sit Up Straight!

“Sit Up Straight” is a phrase that everyone has probably heard at some point in their life time.  Well, it is a good habit to adopt.  Almost 100% of our daily activities are performed directly in front of us.  By constantly having your shoulders rounded and your head forward you are asking your postural muscles to work harder and causing your anterior chest muscles to tighten. Over time this can lead to cervical spine disorders, thoracic outlet syndrome, and shoulder disorders, just to name a few.

King Physical Therapy and Fitness will develop a rehabilitation program to strengthen your postural muscles (including your rhomboid major and minor, middle trapezius, lower trapezius, teres minor and major, infraspinatus, and latissimus dorsi). This program will passively and actively stretch your anterior chest and neck musculature (including pectoralis major and minor, scalene muscles, and upper trapezius). To help maintain benefits received from physical therapy with King PT & Fitness, you will be instructed to follow a home exercise program.  Call one of our two locations today to schedule an appointment–we accept most major insurances.

Do You Have a Primary Physical Therapist?

King Physical TherapyWhen you have difficulty lifting your arm up to wash your hair, put on your seat belt, or place it behind your back to tuck in your shirt, whom should you call? How about when you have difficulty negotiating your stairs, turning your head to back out of the garage, or your low back pain disrupts your life, whom should you call? The answer is YOUR physical therapist, the individual that you trust to guide you in the proper direction as quickly as possible.

A 2005 study showed that physical therapists were second to only orthopaedic specialist physicians in their ability to recognize and diagnose musculoskeletal injuries. (Childs 2005) Also, patients that receive early physical therapy have a decreased likelihood of advanced imaging, additional physician visits, surgery, injections, and opioid use. (Fritz 2012) In the state of Pennsylvania you can seek treatment from YOUR physical therapist for 30 days without being referred.

Our mission at King Physical Therapy & Fitness is to provide a first class healthcare experience for each individual that that we encounter by exceeding their expectations, positively impacting their lives, and introducing an exceptional standard of care, all while maintaining a trusting family friendly environment. Make us YOUR primary physical therapist provider!

New Year’s Resolutions

Traditionally at the beginning of each New Year, resolutions are made to help improve or better yourself and each individual around you. No matter what your resolution is, whether it is getting fit, lowering your blood pressure or cholesterol, smiling more, laughing more, meeting new friends, or just enjoying life, we can help you at King Physical Therapy & Fitness. Our staff of professionals will assist you in reaching any or all of your resolutions.

Just to get you motivated, here are some jaw-dropping statistics:

  • 8 out of 10 people aged 25 and older are overweight
  • 78% of Americans do not get the minimal recommended level of daily activity.
  • 3 million American’s are morbidly obese
  • Walking for 20 minutes at 3 mph on the treadmill burns more than 120 calories
  • Taking the stairs can burn an extra 125 calories for every 15 minutes

King Physical Therapy & Fitness can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Our monthly fitness memberships are easy on the pocket book–visit one of our fitness facilities near you today and get motivated!

Take Correct Steps to a
Healthier Lifestyle

Are you looking for an opportunity to take control of your current health situation? Do you want to live a healthier lifestyle but don’t know where to begin? Have you attempted to exercise and your body ailments have made it difficult? If so, a visit to King Physical Therapy & Fitness may be the best decision you will ever make.

Depending on your current fitness or functional level entering into a physical therapy regimen, with one of our first-rate therapists, will assist you in overcoming arthritis pain, a nagging muscle strain, or the fear of initiating a fitness program. By improving range of motion, flexibility and learning proper techniques exercise will become easier and more enjoyable.

Maybe you have hit a plateau in your fitness routine or feel a change is in order we can help! We currently offer fitness classes at affordable prices, personal training for one on one or group training and an updated fitness facility to include a superb staff with exceptional knowledge. Please call one of our locations, check out our web site,, or like us on Facebook for more information.

P.S. Most Major Insurances are accepted for physical therapy. There is currently no initiation fee for joining the fitness facility and we offer 1 month, 6 month and 12 month memberships.