The goal of spine therapy is to control pain and re-establish normal movement, strength and flexibility
Our physical therapists offer expert treatment for conditions such as chronic back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, whiplash injuries, TMJ disorders, postural syndromes, fractures, and congenital disorders. We also rehabilitate patients after spinal surgery, collaborating with surgeons on their treatment.
Aurora BayCare is the region’s first and only Certified Spine Surgery Program. This certification recognizes excellence in surgical care and post-surgery rehabilitation, indicating we meet or exceed proven best practices for spine care.
Most spine disorders, especially first-time injuries, do not require immediate surgery. Neck and back pain are typically related to ligament injury, muscle strain, muscle weakness, disc injury, or poor flexibility. These problems can be treated by addressing the spine or surrounding muscles or joints.
Symptoms of Spine Dysfunction
When you have a spine problem, you may feel pain in your back or neck. Sometimes, though, the first symptoms appear in your arms or legs. Symptoms include:
- Back pain between your ribs and legs
- Pain that travels to the buttocks or down to the foot
- Pain that increases with twisting, turning, or bending
- Pain interferes with your daily activities
- Back pain that increases with a sneeze, cough, or laugh
- Spasms in your lower back
- Tingling and/or burning sensations
It’s important to start treatment early. Recent research shows that results improve with early intervention for most spinal diagnoses.
What to Expect During Treatment
Our experienced therapists specialize in manual techniques for treating neck and back pain.
Treatment typically includes:
- Evaluation for spinal dysfunction
- Pain reduction using appropriate techniques and equipment
- Education in proper posture and body mechanics
- Core abdominal stabilization
- Work conditioning
- Manual therapy
If physical therapy is appropriate, your physical therapist will provide a home exercise program in addition to your clinical therapy. These exercises will be developed to address your specific needs and goals. Throughout your treatment, your physical therapist will modify your exercises as you progress.
Many patients receive manual therapy for their spine issues. Manual therapy involves hands-on treatment with the physical therapist to work on joint or soft tissue restriction. Manual therapy has proven extremely effective and can be key to a successful recovery. This non-invasive treatment method helps set us apart from many other providers who treat back pain.
Patients who have had back or neck surgery will also meet with a physical therapist. Most surgery requires post-operative physical therapy to restore strength, stability, and range of motion.