Discs Don’t Slip. Spinal discs are spacers between spinal bones influencing range of motion. Discs do not slip out of place but with injury or repetitive strain fluid from the center (nucleus) may leak from the disc. Manual treatment and exercise assists in reducing the harmful effects of this type of disc injury, decompressing nerves, relieving pain and restoring function.
Not Just Disc Issues. Facet joints on the backside of each spinal bone are a common cause of low back pain. These joints control the direction of motion and can cause symptoms when they are not moving properly together.
It Isn’t Always Strength. Spinal muscles may be weak but more often have poor endurance and coordination leading to pain, abnormal mechanics and poor or compromised posture.
You’re On My Nerves. Not all leg pain is associated with nerve injury but when it is, manual treatment can assist in relieving stress to these irritated and injured nerves.
Bone and Posture. Back pain may be associated with bone loss from aging, osteoporosis or postural changes over time. Physical therapy can assist with improving posture and promoting better bone health.
Beyond the Spine. Spinal pain may be secondary to dysfunction in the arms or legs creating limitations in motion or weakness that place excessive stress on the spine.
How Can We Help? ?Orthopaedic manual physical therapy (OMT) is advanced training that combines soft tissue (massage) techniques, joint mobilization (stretching) and specific exercise to reduce pain and facilitate normal spinal function. Your physical therapist will work with you to reach your goals and prevent future injury.