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Physical Therapy: What to Expect

Last updated 6 years ago

Physical therapy is a medical specialty that includes the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Most physical therapy programs strive to restore maximum function and independence to individuals following spinal surgery, those with spinal disorders, and those with back pain or neck pain. This is done through the use of a number of treatment modalities, including heat, ice, ultrasound, exercise, and electrical stimulation.

Before starting a physical therapy program, you will be evaluated by a physical therapist in order to develop a treatment plan that is in accordance with the guidelines and recommendations of your ordering physician. Once the initial evaluation is complete, you will begin working with a therapist to decrease pain and increase body functions over an 8-12 week period. There are several things you can expect during your treatment program, including:

  • Instructions for in-home exercises.
  • Participation in a number of exercise options, including MedX rehabilitation machines for cervical extension, lumbar extension, and torso rotation. You can also participate in fitness ball-based core strengthening and Pilates-based strengthening exercises.
  • Constant communication with your primary physician regarding your progress.
  • Referrals to other providers to complement the physical therapy program.
  • Education to prepare you for transitioning into gym-based exercises.
  • Coordination of visits with MRIs, procedures, back specialist office visits, and work schedules.

Here at SpineOne Medical Center, our philosophy is founded on the idea that individuals suffering from neck pain or back pain can be rehabilitated by strengthening their core muscles. Our physical therapy programs are designed to restore normal spinal function, activity level, and decrease back and neck pain through isolated spinal exercises. Get back to a life free from neck or lower back pain by contacting us at (303) 367-2225. 


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