Spine Care

One-on-one comprehensive and individualized evaluation and treatment for acute, chronic and congenital spine conditions are performed. Our focus is to increase function while decreasing pain, providing our patients with the maximum result.

Acute sprains and strains of the neck and back are often related to an underlying weakness in the kinetic chain. We often refer to this as being "strong wrong". Often times a repetitive poor movement pattern will persist until the body cannot compensate any longer, resulting in a strain. A traumatic force such as an automobile accident or sports injury may exacerbate the weak link, causing acute injury to the site. It is important to address the site of pain and discomfort through manual techniques such as soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, joint mobilization, manual stretching, and positional release. It is also equally important to find the mechanical cause to the pain so that the poor movement pattern can be corrected and optimal alignment and strength is obtained for long term relief and maximum function.

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Chronic neck and back pain can be managed through education in proper posture and mechanics of Activities of Daily Living (ADL's); strengthening the core muscles to stabilize the unstable segments, decreasing the forces placed on the disc and surrounding joints; and implementing an individualized home maintenance program geared toward our patient's goals for function.

Nerve pain can be attributed to compression of the nerve root at the foramen or compression of the peripheral nerve from other muscular or osseous structures. We can often perform conservative nerve decompression by addressing posture, biomechanics, or soft tissue interfaces. Once proper mechanics of the entire chain is restored, optimal space is restored, thus creating less nerve compression. This will allow our patients to optimize function despite disc pathology.

It is essential to address the mechanical cause of the spinal dysfunction. If the same movement patterns exist after undergoing surgery to repair the damaged nerve, disc or joints, the patient will continue to place stress on the area, which will increase the probability that pain will either return or affect the segments adjacent to the surgical site. Once the mechanical stress has been removed our patients will be more likely to have successful long-term results.

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