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What are spinal programs?

Spinal programs at Southern Oregon Orthopedics aim to treat low back and neck pain without surgery.

Often, people with noninjury back pain and neck pain experience significant relief with lifestyle changes like exercise, postural correction, exercise, and activity modification. Back pain that results from an injury may need spine surgery.

Who can benefit from a spinal program?

The physical therapy team at Southern Oregon Orthopedics works with people of all ages who have various types of spine issues. They treat nonoperative, preoperative, and postoperative pain.

Spinal stenosis is a common cause of low back pain. Research shows that physical therapy is just as effective as surgery at treating spinal stenosis but without the potentially life-threatening complications of surgery.

What do spinal programs for back and neck pain involve?

First, your physical therapist thoroughly evaluates your condition. Then, they create an individualized spinal program based on your level of pain and healing timeline. 

Your spinal program may include:

  • Postural correction

  • Body mechanics correction

  • Movement patterns correction

  • Activity modification

  • Decreasing neural tension

  • Improving flexibility

  • Manual therapy for pain management and mobility

  • Ice and heat therapy

  • Electrical stimulation

They also teach you specific exercises to relieve your particular pain. Back pain exercises focus on core and pelvic stability, while those for neck pain target the neck and shoulders.

For people with back pain, the Southern Oregon Orthopedics team also encourages a walking program to promote blood circulation and healing. Your physical therapist discusses the appropriate amount of walking for your particular needs.

What are the benefits of spinal programs?

There are many advantages of undergoing physical therapy for back or neck pain. Spinal programs may reduce or eliminate the need for pain medications and invasive procedures like surgery.

Spinal programs also focus on correcting imbalances and strengthening the muscles that support your spine. In addition to relieving pain, physical therapy helps prevent future spinal problems.

To get started on a spinal program for back or neck pain, call Southern Oregon Orthopedics or request an appointment online today.

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