Physical Therapy for Spine
The physical therapists of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at the Virginia Hospital Center have additional training in addressing problems of the neck, mid and lower back. During your first visit you will be evaluated and assessed for posture, range of motion, strength, flexibility and your overall movement patterns. The physical therapist will provide ongoing assessment, a tailored exercise program and will utilize manual skills such as soft tissue or joint mobilization if needed to address your individual needs and goals. Education will be interwoven throughout your sessions to teach you proper posture, how to complete your daily tasks with the least strain to your spine, ergonomics, and how to ideally prevent and if needed manage your symptoms if they should reoccur.
Common Diagnoses seen by the Spinal Therapy team
- Back or neck pain
- Herniated disc
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal strain or sprain
- Poor posture
Specialized Care Services or Equipment
- Dry Needling is a technique used in physical therapy to treat trigger points in muscles via the insertion of a fine, flexible, sterile needle. No medication is injected during this procedure. The purpose of dry needling is to release shortened bands of muscle in order to decrease pain and improve range of motion and function. You may experience a slight prick when the needle is inserted as well as pain and muscle twitching during the treatment. These are expected occurrences and are signs that the problematic area is being treated. It is not uncommon for bruising to occur around the needled sites and for mild pain to linger a day or two.
Dry needling is part of a comprehensive rehabilitation plan. It is important that you perform your home exercises and follow the advice of your Physical Therapist for optimal recovery.
- Real-time Ultrasound is used to look at how different layers of muscles contract and relax. It is also used to assess muscle activation when compared to the other side of the body. Real time ultrasound can help to restore normal muscle function by giving immediate visual feedback.
Some of the conditions that could benefit from physical therapy with Real Time Ultrasound:
- Low back pain
- Pregnancy related back pain
- Hip and groin pain
- Pelvic floor disorders
- Shoulder girdle dysfunctions
- McKenzie Method
Currently the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Virginia Hospital Center has two certified McKenzie therapists on staff.