Back Care Center

Back pain can affect your ability to function in your daily routine. It can be caused by overuse injuries, poor body mechanics, or conditioning issues, such as muscle tightness. We understand how debilitating back pain can be, and it is our priority to help you overcome your battle with low-back pain. 

Our Back Care Center at The Orthopaedic & Fracture Care Clinic is a physical therapy–based program that specializes in conditions of the spine. Overseen by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, we utilize the latest MedX technology to improve back strength and range of motion to bring each and every patient a renewed quality of life.

MedX Technology

In 9 to 12 weeks, our research-proven MedX program focuses on training, rehabilitating, and reconditioning the spine structure and supporting tissues. The comprehensive rehabilitation program incorporates the "progressive overload principal" for the treatment of a vast range of spinal conditions. MedX machines are specially designed to provide the most effective means of isolating, safely testing, and directly strengthening the muscles in the spine. 

Our comprehensive program combines MedX technology, general strength activities, and individualized care to isolate movement and:

  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve muscle strength
  • Decrease pain
  • Reeducate the neuromuscular system to allow strength gains and improvement
  • Safely return the patient to normal function

With MedX, our physical therapists create individualized plans that safely target strengthening the weaker muscles to help produce new patterns of movement to combat and reverse the deconditioning effects of chronic low back and neck pain. Because of chronic low-back pain, the human body adapts to the injury by conditioning the neuromuscular system to create movements that avoid using particular muscles, leading to more deconditioning and weakness. We want to reroute those signals so that proper rehabilitation can take place. 

Our stability exercises reduce the amount of strain and friction that occurs throughout the spine to ensure you experience a successful long-term recovery. Once the personalized sessions are completed, we teach daily exercises and activities to further strengthen your back and prevent future problems from arising.

Signs of Back Pain

You should make an appointment with one of our back pain specialists if you’re experiencing some of the symptoms below.

  • Back muscle spasms
  • Back pain that worsens when bending over
  • Difficulty sleeping because of back pain
  • Inability to turn your head from side to side
  • Numbness or pins-and-needles sensations
  • Over-the-counter medications no longer help your pain
  • Pain in the back when sitting still
  • Pain that radiates to your buttock or leg
  • Stiffness in the back or neck that makes it hard to get out of bed

Common Back Conditions

The symptoms listed above could indicate one of the following common back conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Herniated disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Nerve and spinal cord compression conditions, such as sciatica, radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, spondylitis, or spondylolisthesis 
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sports-related injury
  • Whiplash

When you come in for an appointment, we will assess the condition of your back, including your symptoms, range of motion, and muscle strength. After the assessment, we will develop a personalized plan that meets your specific needs for treatment. 
For a one-on-one consultation with one of our back specialists, call 507-386-6600 today or request an appointment online.