What do I need to do for complete care? Am I going to relapse?

The best thing to do for your back pain, if you are worried about it coming back again in the future, is to complete all 3 phases of healing.

1. Phase One is where you focus on getting rid of the pain, numbness, and tingling.

2. Phase Two is where you focus on getting normal movement back and full strength.

3. Phase Three is where you go back to previous activities you want to do.

How often should I do the exercises given to me from physical therapy?

Most people we work with in the clinic for back pain do the exercises at least once per day…every day

One of the best programs you can move on to once you complete the 3 Phases of Healing for your back pain is a consistent walking program. People who walk every day have less risk of reinjuring their back and having back pain.

Do I need any special equipment?

Our model at APT focuses on highly skilled, hands-on physical therapists, a table, and some basic exercise equipment (a simple ball, exercise bands, body-weight) so you can do your exercises at home or on the road if traveling.


Can I be completely healed or will this pain come back again?

Most people who complete the 3 Phases of healing (meaning they no longer have pain, motion, and strength are back to normal, and they’re back to doing what they normally do without pain)…they have a minimal chance the pain will return. The stronger a person is, the less likely symptoms will return.

How long until I see improvement from physical therapy?

Most people we see in the clinic see improvements in 1-2 weeks.  If you go longer than 2 weeks without feeling better or moving better…you may be wrong about the cause of your back pain regardless of what your x-ray or MRI shows.

How long in physical therapy does low-back pain take to go away?

It depends…it depends on YOU.


In general, it takes 4-8 weeks to go through the first 2 phases of healing (no pain, all movement, and strength back to normal).


It may take another 1-4 months to get back to all activities you want to do…depending on how active you are. This is the 3rd phase of healing.

Does Dry Needling hurt?

Dry Needling does not hurt but may cause bruising or soreness after treatment.

How long is each treatment?

Dry Needling takes about 15 min per area. You can incorporate Dry Needling into your Plan of Care for quick relief from pain.

Is Dry Needling Acupuncture?

Dry Needling is not a form of acupuncture and it can only be preformed by a licensed Physical Therapist.

Is the laser covered by insurance?

The laser is a cash-only service provided by Arlington Physical Therapy. We do not and cannot cover payments through insurance.

Call us at 817-466-7276 for any questions about pricing

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