Back and neck pain are very common. In fact, injuries to the spine are the most common conditions we treat. Do not let back problems limit your lifestyle. Most of these problems respond well to the right kind of treatment.
Common Spine Conditions Treated
- Chronic neck, upper back and lower back pain and stiffness
- Sacroiliac dysfunction
- Disc pathology/injury with or without radiating symptoms into the arms or legs. This includes herniated and degenerative discs.
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation
- Stenosis, spondylolithesis and scoliosis
- Spine-related sports or work injuries
Spine Treatment Plans
A treatment program is developed based on an hour long history and examination. Hands on techniques and exercise programs restore motion and strength to give you confidence to move freely and prevent re-injury. There are specific approaches used depending on your diagnosis. You can read about those approaches below.
The McKenzie method, also known as mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT), involves a specific musculoskeletal assessment to accurately determine the cause of symptoms or dysfunction and create a specific treatment plan developed from this diagnosis. The MDT technique emphasizes active patient involvement and education on self-treatment techniques.
The Maitland method is based on a continuous evaluation and assessment of applied hands-on techniques and movements. In the case of spinal pain, specific techniques are applied to the spine to identify problem areas and direct treatment. Patient education is an important part of this treatment approach.
This is a manual therapy approach to the treatment of the spine. To restore motion, a physical therapist applies manual pressure to a stiff area in the spine while the patient is stretching. This restores motion and alleviates pain.
This is also known as core strengthening. The “core” muscles of your trunk and hips provide a bracing effect to the spine. When functioning properly, these muscles help keep your spine stable with activity, thus reducing stress on the spine structures and pain. When the core muscles are weak and not functioning properly, sudden movements or lifting something too heavy can cause injury. Once mobility is restored and pain is under control, stabilization is what helps you get back to activity.