Spine physical therapy is physical therapy treatment for injury or pain related to the neck, upper back, lower back and pelvis.
Meriter's spine therapy program focuses on:
Clinical examination to determine the cause of your pain
Early treatment focusing on tissue healing which might include:
getting tight joints to move better or loose joints to be more stable
specific exercises to lengthen, relax or strengthen muscles
physical agents such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation to help tissues relax or heal
Real life/functional activities that you need to be able to do without pain
Education so that you understand your body and can help yourself
Prevention of progression to a chronic spine problem
If chronic, specialized treatment for chronic conditions
Information About Back PainSpine pain is extremely common - studies estimate that as many as 80% of Americans have experienced spine pain. We recommend that you ask your doctor for a referral (or self-refer) to physical therapy soon after the start of your symptoms because research shows that people who receive physical therapy early have less need for multiple doctors' visits, imaging and medication and are less likely to end up with surgery or chronic pain than those who wait longer to see a physical therapist.
What sets Meriter Apart Meriter Spine Physical Therapists are not only equipped to help you feel better and be more active but also to understand how to help yourself so that you don't have another episode of pain. If your pain has already been there for a long time, Meriter physical therapists understand how complicated pain becomes once it has been there a long time and include specialized care needed to address a chronic problem.
Getting an appointment Spine Physical Therapy is offered at all of our outpatient physical therapy clinics. A doctors' referral is necessary if your insurance requires a referral and you would like your insurance to cover your therapy. Self- referral is also available for those prefer self-pay or whose insurance does not require a doctor's referral. Please call Central Scheduling to schedule an appointment at any of our sites.
Your First Visit
Your first visit we will address the following :
What is wrong with me?
Over the course of an hour, your therapist will interview and examine you to help you understand "what is causing your pain", develop a specific treatment plan and set goals to meet your personal needs. Your treatment plan will be based on your values, current research and expert opinion.
How long will it take?
On average patients are seen for 4-6 appointments however this varies depending on each individual patient. Your therapist will explain after your first appointment how long it will likely take to help you.
What Can I do?
Each time you have an appointment your therapist will teach you how you can help yourself feel and move better.
What does the therapist do?
First your therapist will help you reduce your pain by using interventions/treatments to promote healing such as:
Recommendations in your activity such as reducing activities that stress and load your spine or increasing activity if you are not moving enough
Physical agents such as Ultrasound, Electrical stimulation or TENS
Manual Therapy such as mobilization, manipulation and massage
Next your therapist will get you moving or exercising!
Posture and body mechanics training
All along your therapist will relate what you are doing in therapy to real life activities like:
Being able to return to activities you used to participate in is the primary goal of therapy at Meriter. This is sometimes called functional restoration and may include:
Sport specific movement analysis and training
Job specific movement analysis and training
Daily activity movement analysis and training
What to Expect
Pain Reduction Use of appropriate interventions may include: