Spinal conditions can cause achiness in the neck or back, shooting pain, numbness or tingling, and unexplained weakness in your arms or legs. This pain can keep you from doing everyday tasks and participating in the activities you enjoy most. Spine specialized physical therapy can be an option to treat your spinal condition and provide a number of benefits to your health and well-being:
- Pain relief
- Increased strength in your core and extremities
- Improved flexibility
- Improved posture
- Ability to safely move your body as you return to activity
Some of the most common tactics for treating patients suffering from neck and back pain include strengthening weak muscles, stretching tight muscles, instruction in proper posture and body mechanics, ice, heat, and electrical stimulation. We also use traction – pulling on the spine to open up the space between the vertebrae — to decrease compression on the discs and the nerves. This can be done manually or on a special machine. The spine is a delicate part of the body and requires precise hands-on work by the physical therapist.
The above information is for general education purposes only. Please ask your doctor specific questions during your visit.