Spine / Neck / Back

Spinal Care is one of the specialties at Skyland Physical Therapy.

Spinal Care: Help With Back or Neck Pain or Osteoporosis

The McKenzie Method  is one of the approaches we use in assessing and treating the spine. Most back or neck pain is mechanical in origin and can be corrected by teaching patients specific exercises and positioning techniques to reduce/abolish pain.

A McKenzie assessment can eliminate the need for expensive and/or invasive procedures.

Research has shown the initial McKenzie assessment procedures to be as reliable as costly diagnostic imaging (i.e., x-rays, MRIs) to determine the source of the problem and quickly identify whether a patient will benefit from this method of treatment.

Pain from arthritis can also be effectively treated with this method. (See our section about Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.)

Treatment involves a series of individualized exercises designed to abolish the mechanical problem and eliminate pain, then focuses on teaching patients how to recognize early symptoms of spinal problems and how to self treat, reducing dependence on medical intervention. This method is highly effective for sciatica and other referred pain.

Correcting posture and ergonomics is a key element in treating spinal issues. Skyland therapists aid patients with assessing ergonomics (habitual positions or body mechanics) to offer life-long solutions for avoiding pain and dysfunction.

Osteoporosis is often associated with back pain. Skyland therapists use core stabilization and spinal decompression (strengthening weak muscles and stretching tight muscles) principles in treating back pain related to Osteoporosis. Strength is also key in aiding patients with bone health. Our approach is to work in a gentle way to restore postural support then gradually move patients to an effective strengthening program within a pain-free range.

For patients with more difficult mechanical problems, Skyland Physical Therapists provide hands-on techniques until the patient can apply their own pain relieving exercises.