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Neck and Back Injury

Physical therapy may be needed if you've suffered repetitive stress, disease, or trauma to the spine, or if you require rehabilitation after surgery. Our physical therapists specialize in the treatment of neck and back disorders. Some of these include:

  • Spinal Stenosis (Cervical or Lumbar)
  • Herniated Disc
  • Trauma
  • Chronic spine pain
  • Degenerative Conditions
  • Muscle Conditions
  • Work injuries
  • Motor vehicle injuries

Do You Need Physical Therapy?

If you've had back pain that has lasted between two and six weeks, or you've experienced frequent occurrences of lower back pain, you should consider physical therapy for treatment. Our goal is to help patients:

  • Decrease back pain
  • Increase function
  • Develop an individualized program
  • Learn self-management strategies to prevent further injury

Treatment Approach

Our specialists use a combination of active and passive interventions to improve pain and restore functionality.  Active treatment has been proven as the most effective strategy with spine pain, and our therapists will design an individualized exercise program consisting of stretching, strengthening and low impact aerobic conditioning.  Passive pain control modalities such as heat/ice, traction, ultrasound and massage/myofascial release may also be utilized as needed to help facilitate activity.

Where To Go For Physical Therapy?

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist, call (585) 341-9000.

What To Expect

You will receive a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation during your first appointment. The evaluation begins with obtaining a history of your injury and how it affects your daily activities, work, and recreation. In addition, the physical therapist will assess your level of conditioning as well as nerve, muscle, and joint function.

The therapist will evaluate your posture, strength, flexibility and endurance. Treatment plans focus on your goals and restoring functional activities. Depending on your needs, treatment may include mobilization of joints, muscles and connective tissue. Other treatments may include heat, ice, ultrasound, muscle stimulation and traction.

In most cases, patients receive an exercise program designed to meet their specific needs. Your treatment will conclude with instruction in self-management strategies that will help you prevent further injury to your neck or back.