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Spinal Rehabilitation

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.
• Whiplash.
• 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.

McKenzie Method
The McKenzie method is based on the "cause and effect" relationship between the behavior of pain and how pain responds to the repeated movements, positions and activities during the evaluation process. With this treatment method, patient education and self-treatment is emphasized.

Maitland Method
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.

Mulligan Concept
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.

Core Stabilization
This is also known as core strengthening. The "core" muscles of your trunk and hips provide a bracing effect to the spine. When the core muscles are weak and not functioning properly, sudden movements or lifting something too heavy can cause injury. When functioning properly, these muscles help keep your spine stable with activity, thus reducing painful stress on the spine structures. Once mobility is restored and pain is under control, stabilization is what helps you get back to activity.

 

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