How do you feel?

Neck and back pain is often attributable to pulled muscles (link to muscle/ligament page). Other times, however, it is caused by injuries to your spine through accidents and daily wear.

At SOPT, our certified physical therapists will conduct a thorough clinical evaluation and consult with your orthopedic surgeon or your neurologist to create a specialized PT regimen based on your needs.

When you have spinal injuries, the pain can take many different forms.

Here are some common symptoms:

  • Stiff neck that makes turning your head difficult
  • Soreness or tenderness in a specific area
  • Low-level back pain that comes and goes
  • Pain that radiates down the shoulders, arms, and hands
  • Sharp, stabbing pain radiating down one or both legs (Sciatica)
  • Numbness

What are the common causes?

There are many different injuries and conditions of the spine that create acute, traumatic, or chronic pain in your neck and back.

Here are several of the most common:

  • Herniated Disc
    This occurs when the soft, gel-like interior of a disc bulges or leaks outward, irritating nearby nerve roots often leading to radiating pain down the arms or legs.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
    Chronic back pain caused by wear and tear on the spinal discs.
  • Osteoarthritis
    In the spine, this is the wear-and-tear on the facet joints, which causes friction when twisting or bending the spine. Eventually this can lead to bone spurs that pinch a nerve root and produce sciatica pain.
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
    This is when the sacroiliac joint, which connects the hips to the base of the spine, experience either too much or too little motion.
  • The primary cause of these various spinal conditions is often either an accident or daily wear and tear, such as a violent impact, heavy lifting, or prolonged standing or sitting

At SOPT, we believe in understanding the “cause of the cause,” which means when you come to us for an injury or pain, your highly-skilled PT will evaluate not only your pain, but also the contributing factors you didn’t even think about, such as past accidents and daily routines.

“I sought treatment from SOPT for severe neck and back injury following four surgeries. I consider it to be nothing short of an overwhelmingly positive experience with excellent results in the treatment of very complicated injuries. I’ve been able to recover with the ability to walk and lift some weights with very little pain.”

– Bill

How Do I Know it’s Time for Specialized Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

  • You have been recently diagnosed with a spinal injury and need to strengthen the muscles around your spine.
  • You have been suffering from chronic pain for some time now. You may have even seen other physical therapists in the past but the pain never left or has returned.
  • You only want treatment with a licensed PT, not a string of PT Assistants.
  • You want hands-on treatment from the same PT every visit so he or she can treat you more personally and more effectively.
  • You want access to the best and most current techniques from a fully licensed PT.
  • Remember, you do NOT need a referral from your PCP to see a PT (unless your insurance dictates otherwise). And you have the right to see any PT you choose for treatment of your pain and injuries. Feel free to call our office and we can help you determine if a PCP referral is needed. (401) 384-6490

“Jason works miracles! ! I have had many issues with my neck and he has been amazing! !”

– Sue