Physical Therapy

All patients can benefit from some type of physical therapy to relieve pain and restore strength, range of motion, and normal movement. Our physical therapist will provide manual treatment, exercise and postural re-education, and may incorporate heat or cold treatments, electrical stimulation, or laser therapy.

The Physical Therapists follow the doctor’s prescription and do a comprehensive evaluation during the first visit. Based on the evaluation the PT program is customized to the needs and the goals of each individual patient. Physical Modalities (ie. Ultrasound, Electrical Stimulation, Moist Heat, etc) are incorporated into the treatment sessions. An important component to the success of the program is the development of a Home Exercise Program. This is designed to supplement the sessions done in our facility. SPINE OPTIONS offers private rooms for one on one individual treatments.

Manipulative Therapy
The therapist uses their hands to mobilize soft tissues, typically muscle, fascia, ligaments, and tendons. This is a soft low velocity manipulation designed to enhance mobility and reduce spasms of the soft tissues. This allows the body to return to homeostasis or balance. The PT’s have specialized training in the use of Manipulative Techniques.
Laser Treatments
The light of the laser penetrates the skin’s surface and underlying tissue to stimulate the body’s cells. This helps increase their function and facilitates the body’s natural healing process. It is effective for head, neck, and back pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, muscle injuries, joint and ligament sprains, repetitive stress injuries, and tendonitis. This is a focused deep heating modality which can penetrate a very specific structure.
Decompression Spinal Traction

Decompression spinal traction is used to create sufficient space between spinal segments to encourage bulging or herniated discs to return to their normal position between the vertebrae. Decompression can relieve pain and promote healing. Physical therapists utilize a traction unit which can be adjusted according to the patients tolerance and condition.

Medical Massage

Manual manipulation of soft tissue helps relieve muscle spasm, tension, and pain by increasing blood circulation to the injured area, which helps improve mobility. Massage can be relaxing or invigorating, depending on the style. There are several types of massage techniques to supplement the Physical Therapy and Pain Management treatments.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy
This subtle, hands-on therapy is used to diagnose and correct an abnormal flow in the fluid system surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Results can be profound in the alleviation of chronic pain. Patients with chronic pain syndromes that can’t tolerate excessive mobilization, can benefit from this technique.
Therapist-assisted stretching can improve body flexibility through a carefully choreographed series of exercises. Specially trained therapists help you use stretching techniques to reduce tension in your “core” or spinal cord, which facilitates improved mobility and reduces pain. This is especially useful after an acute strain injury or even after a fusion surgery which causes more spasms in the soft tissues surrounding the spine.
Kinesio Taping
A relatively new therapeutic modality, Kinesio tape is placed on the body in specific patterns to support injured areas and relieve pain and promote healing. Made of 100% cotton and almost as flexible and thin as real skin, Kinesio tape supports injured muscles and joints without restricting movement.
Electrical Stimulation
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. It is a method commonly used in physical therapy for pain management. The impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin.