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Active Spine Program

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At UR Medicine's Active Spine Program, we understand how spine issues can limit your daily activities and rob you of your independence. Whether you are recovering from surgery or a recent injury, or suffer from chronic pain, we are here to help you regain your ability to move safely with less pain. Our therapists will work closely with your physician to develop the best care plan for your treatment.

UR Medicine's Approach

Primary Assessment

Your care planning process begins with a detailed history and physical exam. Your medical team will pay careful attention to your current activity level, and your social habits like smoking, use of alcohol, and diet. We always consider your pain level during the examination, modifying the exam to ensure that you are comfortable.

During the assessment, the therapist will check your range of motion, strength and flexibility. We will ask you to move into different positions to determine which ones aggravate your pain. This movement test will help us assess your general level of conditioning as well, providing a baseline that we will use to begin your therapy.

We also may take measurements of your aerobic capacity and body composition. These tests are painless and easy to administer, and they give the therapist some objective data to track your progress.

Your Care Plan

Using all of the information gathered during the testing, your therapists will set up a personalized program for you.

We will use a progressive exercise program, increasing the level of exercise as you gain strength and reduce pain. You will learn safe ways to strengthen the muscles around your spine, improve your aerobic fitness, and avoid stressing your spine during everyday activities.

On average, we see patients for 5 or 6 visits. During each visit, we teach you the tools you need to reduce pain and increase your mobility on your own, either at home or at your gym or health club. We pay close attention to proper form in executing each exercise, to be sure that you achieve the results you seek. 

Group Class

If you prefer the additional motivation and supervision of ongoing, regular visits, we can offer you the opportunity to join our group exercise class. In the class you will learn a series of routines designed to motivate you and help you maintain continuous progress.

The classes, which are taught by an experience physical therapist or athletic trainer, are fun and energetic. They focus on maintaining the principles learned in physical therapy, as well as on general health and weight loss.

The Level 1 class is for those who are new to exercise and are looking to maintain their spine and general health. For those who want more physical challenge, the Level 2 class focuses on sport/athletic performance.

What Sets Us Apart?

The Active Spine Program offers a comprehensive rehabilitation program with direct access to our physicians. If a question arises during your therapy, your therapist can get answers quickly and continue your care, keeping your program on track and moving toward recovery.

Because we're part of an academic medical center, our involvement in education, research, and the community allows our patients to have direct access to the newest treatments, technologies, and procedures.


We serve you in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region.

1 location

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building D
4901 Lac De Ville Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14618

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