Industrial Hand & Physical Therapy treats patients suffering from countless back, neck, and spine injuries, pains, sports injuries, degenerative conditions, sprains, strains, fractures, and those preparing for and recovering from surgery. We have a team of expert physical therapists who pride themselves on getting positive results with patients through individualized care and “hands-on” physical therapy. We have successfully rehabilitated acute and chronic injuries, ranging from work and auto accidents to overuse injuries.

Here is a list of just some of the spine conditions that we treat:

  • Back Pain
  • Compression Fracture
  • Degenerative Joint Disease/ Spinal Degeneration
  • Herniated Disc and Disc-Related Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve-Compression
  • Osteoarthritis of the Spine (Spondylosis)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Post-Fracture Rehabilitation
  • Pre-Surgery and Post-Surgery Rehabilitation for Laminectomy, Discectomy, Disc Fusion, Foraminotomy
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Whiplash and Post-Traumatic Injuries



BACK PAIN
Back and spine pain may be an acute, recurring or chronic condition that often responds very well to physical therapy. The reasons for back pain are many, including disc herniations, compressed nerves, injuries, osteoarthritis of the spine, and trauma. Some back pain may be treated using the R.I.C.E method; some may require core strengthening exercises using an exercise of physioball. Postural re-education, gait training, balance training may also help you to alleviate and manage your back pain.

COMPRESSION FRACTURE
A compression fracture in the spine is often found in older adults suffering from osteoporosis, wherein the bone tissue is thinning and there is a loss of bone density. However, compression fractures are common sports injuries, which occur after a fall, or as the result of trauma such as in an auto accident. Spinal compression fractures often cause soft tissue injuries as well.

Compression fractures of the spine can be incredibly painful, as they occur when there is a breakage of bone under pressure from carrying the body. This often leads to nerve impingement syndrome. Compression fractures of the spine may require surgery. Our team of physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists are happy to design a post-surgery treatment plan to help expedite your recovery from spine surgery.

DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE/ SPINAL DEGENERATION
The normal aging and changing due to wear and tear on the discs of the spine is called degenerative disc disease or spinal degeneration. This common degeneration can be incredibly painful. It is primarily caused by the loss of water in the discs as you grow older. As the result of the water loss, the discs may lose height and therefore cannot cushion the spine the way it once did. Disc degeneration may also be caused by a crack in the outer portion of the disc. The pressure on nerves caused by disc degeneration may lead to a disc bulge, or other painful spine conditions.

Strengthening exercises as part of a physical therapy program can be used to reduce pain caused by spinal degeneration. Stretching exercises, and low impact cardiovascular exercise may help to strengthen the spine. Similarly, many core strengthening exercises under the guidance of a licensed physical therapist may be recommended to increase strength to support the spine.

HERNIATED DISC AND DISC-RELATED INJURIES
Pain, weakness and numbness in the back, neck and even legs may be a symptom that you have a herniated disc, or other disc-related injury such as a disc bulge. Disc injuries can be caused by spinal degeneration, or spondylosis, and may result in conditions such as sciatica. This disc injuries occur when the cushion (disc) that rests between the vertebrae of the spine is pushed, forced, or slips out of its normal position. Herniated discs and disc bulges may require surgery, but many times the pain can be reduced using a non-invasive treatment plan which often includes physical therapy. Strengthening exercises and exercises that increase flexibility, coupled with core strengthening exercises may help to build the muscles you need to help you manage the pain in your spine and back.
NECK PAIN

The neck is comprised of flat bones called the cervical vertebrae. They are responsible for supporting your head from the rest of your body. Any problems with these bones, nerves or muscles around these vertebrae can cause a great deal of neck pain. There are many reasons for neck pain, but the most common causes are ligament or muscle strain. Arthritis may also be responsible for neck pain, just like a herniated or bulging disc may contribute to neck pain. Whiplash and other forms of trauma can also lead to neck pain. Various strengthening and flexibility enhancing exercises under the guidance of a trained physical therapist can be helpful in alleviating neck pain. If you’ve had surgery on your neck, we offer a full suite of post-surgery modalities to help you strengthen your neck muscles.

NERVE-COMPRESSION
A sudden impact to the nerve bundle in your spine can cause nerve and spinal cord compression. This condition may also be caused by a herniated disc. Compression in the spine may be noticed first because of pain, weakness, tingling sensations, and a limited range of motion. After you’ve seen your spine doctor, you may be referred to physical therapy as a way to treat the pain, or for post surgery rehabilitation.

OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE SPINE (SPONDYLOSIS)
Osteoarthritis of the spine is marked by stiff joints. The stiff joints in the spine may become incredibly painful, resulting in neck and back pain. Although it may seem like the best solution would be to rest, in many cases, that is not the best course of treatment. Refraining from moving can actually cause the joints to become stiffer, and consequently, this may increase the level of pain you experience. Controlled movement of the joints of the spine under the guidance of a physical therapist can increase your strength and range of motion to help you combat the effects of osteoarthritis. Postural re-education and gait training may also play a role in helping to reduce the pain of arthritis of the spine.

OSTEOPOROSIS
Osteoporosis is the medical term for the thinning of bone tissue and bone loss. Osteoporosis is a progressive disease, so it tends to worsen over time. Weight bearing exercises can help to increase bone density, and our physical therapists may work with you on some of these exercises. Core strengthening exercises may also be helpful in strengthening the muscles that support your spine. Other modalities of treating back, neck and spine pain will be offered to you based on the severity of your osteoporosis.

POST-FRACTURE REHABILITATION
A compression fracture in the spine is often found in older adults suffering from osteoporosis, wherein the bone tissue is thinning and there is a loss of bone density. However, compression fractures are common sports injuries, which occur after a fall, or as the result of trauma such as in an auto accident. Spinal compression fractures often cause soft tissue injuries as well.

PRE-SURGERY AND POST-SURGERY REHABILITATION FOR LAMINECTOMY, DISCECTOMY, DISC FUSION, FORAMINOTOMY
Our full service physical therapy and rehabilitation centers specialize in pre-surgery and post-operative treatment. Whereas physical therapy following back, neck or spine surgery has been recommended for years, new studies have shown that physical therapy prior to surgery may help patients to recover from surgery faster, thereby getting back into their normal routines quicker. Pre-surgery physical therapy generally involves a combination of exercise based physical therapy customized for the specific surgery, and injured area of the body. Post-surgery physical therapy, such as following a laminectomy, discectomy, disc fusion, foraminotomy may involve a combination of stretching, massage, joint mobilization, postural reeducation, strengthening, nerve gliding, strengthening exercises, flexibility exercises, range of motion exercises, ultrasound, electric stimulation and more.

SCIATICA
Symptoms of sciatica appear as numbness, tingling or weakening of the legs. However the pain originates in the lower spine, where the sciatic nerve is located. Injury or pressure on the nerve, caused by a herniated or bulging disc results in your leg pain. There are a number of ways to treat sciatica. For many patients suffering from it, physical therapy is a wonderful treatment. In rare cases, the condition will require surgery, but most of the time customized exercises, couple with various manual therapy techniques may alleviate some of the pain caused by sciatica. If you are suffering from sciatica, ask your doctor whether a physical therapy program may be helpful in reducing your pain.

SPINAL INSTABILITY
Spinal instability may require surgery. If you have had spinal fusion, our team of experts can help you to recover by customizing a physical therapy program in conjunction with your spine doctor in order to help you to recover quicker. Those suffering from spinal instability also usually have disc degeneration, which will require flexibility and strengthening exercises in order to get you back to your daily activities sooner. We specialize in post-surgery rehabilitation for those who have undergone back, spine or neck surgery.

SPINAL STENOSIS
The narrowing of the spinal column or the narrowing of the opening where the spinal nerves lead to the spinal column is known as spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis may be caused by a herniated or bulging disc, by bone disease, or by arthritis. Symptoms include pain or numbness in your neck back, should, thighs, arms and buttocks. As part of a physical therapy program to help reduce pain from spinal stenosis you will be evaluated by a physical therapist, who will recommend a custom program to help you. Range of motion exercises, gait training, postural re-education may be modalities of physical therapy used to help treat your spinal stenosis.

SPONDYLOLISTHESIS
This occurs when one vertebrae in the spine slips over another. Spondylolisthesis may be the result of a birth defect wherein the spine was damaged. It may also be caused by trauma, or degenerative disc disease, or arthritis. Sports injuries may lead to spondylolisthesis is due to a birth defect of the spine or trauma. Likewise fractures may lead to spondylolisthesis.

SPRAINS/STRAINS
The most common cause of pain in the neck, back or spine is due to muscle strains and sprains. We provide therapies such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and massage to help alleviate the pain from a neck or back sprain. Nerve gliding and manipulation may help to loosen the joints affected by a sprain or strain. Range of motion exercises to increase mobility are likely to be a part of your treatment program to alleviate pain from a back or neck strain or sprain.

There are several types of manipulations and exercises your physical therapist or chiropractor can use to relieve stiffness, strengthen the area, and restore normal function of the neck. Treatments such as cold or heat application, deep tissue massage, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound may be used prior to exercise.

THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME
The group of disorders that occur when the blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet) become compressed is called thoracic outlet syndrome.

Thoracic outlet syndrome typically causes pain in your neck and shoulder and may result in numbness in your fingers.

Thoracic outlet syndrome may come about as the result of trauma, overuse injuries or sports injuries. Thoracic outlet syndrome is almost always treated with physical therapy. In rare cases surgery will be required. Our team of expert physical therapists will work with you to reduce pain caused by thoracic outlet syndrome, using a combination of modalities. In the event that you require surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, we are happy to work with you on a post-surgery rehabilitation program.

WHIPLASH AND POST-TRAUMATIC INJURIES
Automobile accidents may result in whiplash, herniated discs, nerve damage, and all around pain in the back, spine and neck. Fortunately, physical therapy provides a non-invasive course of treatment for pain stemming from whiplash or other accidents. There are dozens of ways to successfully treat whiplash using physical therapy modalities, and our experts will help you design the program that works most successfully for you.


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