Low back and neck pain have become major health problems of the modern era. Low back pain can be caused by a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, arthritis, or strains and sprains.
Research has shown physical therapy management is critical to achieve an optimal outcome whether symptoms are acute or chronic.
For those experiencing symptoms that come and go, a few visits for manual therapy, exercise, and education normally manage or alleviate symptoms. In some cases, pain and impairments can persist causing the patient’s condition to become chronic. For chronic spinal conditions, the physical therapists will utilize interventions specific to the impairments a patient has developed.
Many patients who have chronic low-back pain, neck pain, headaches, or general arthritic complaints can benefit from the comprehensive management approach utilized in spine therapy.
Spine Therapy at OSF Rehabilitation Services utilizes the most current evidence-based spine interventions including manual physical therapy, exercise prescription, and patient education. Physical therapy treatment is specifically tailored to each individual patient with the ultimate goal of decreasing or eliminating pain and improving overall ability to function.
OSF physical therapists have achieved the highest level of therapeutic training in physical therapy for spine care resulting in top quality service and excellent outcomes.
The Difference You Can Expect
- Comprehensive physical examination
- Personalized care specific to your condition
- Faster recovery
- Sooner return to work with fewer restrictions
- Decreasing need for more costly, invasive procedures and/or prolonged medical management
Spine Care Program Outcomes
The sooner a patient begins rehab after injury, illness or surgery the better off the patient’s outcomes can be.
- The average number of visits needed is six over three to four weeks.
- The majority of cases are managed without seeking further medical care.
What is Manual Physical Therapy?
Manual physical therapy is used to decrease pain and improve range-of-motion and flexibility to stiff joints and muscles. Once pain has been reduced and joint mobility improved, the patient can regain optimal and efficient movement patterns that will allow for maximum function.
Mobilization is the key component of manual physical therapy and consist of skilled, passive movements to joints, and associated soft-tissue structures. They involve small amplitude (high or low velocity) movements imparted to the patient by the therapist. Manual physical therapy is typically followed by specific exercises to relieve impairments that contribute to the patient’s symptoms.
Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI)
OSF St. Joseph Rehabilitation Services is the only rehabilitation clinic in downstate Illinois to use rehabilitative ultrasound imaging (RUSI). RUSI is an imaging procedure used by physical therapists to evaluate muscle and related soft tissue morphology and function during exercise and physical tasks.
Should I See a Physical Therapist for my Back or Neck Pain?
- Do you have symptoms that are always present or come and go?
- Do you have symptoms that vary with position or activity?
- Do you have symptoms that increase with certain postures?
- Does your pain vary with the time of day?
- Do you have pain, numbness, or tingling down one or both legs or arms?
- Do you have headache associated with certain postures, neck position, or movement?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, ask your physician if you should see a physical therapist.
How Do I Get Help?
Ask your physician if OSF Rehabilitation Services is right for you.