Your back is made up of many soft tissues, including many muscles, fasciae, ligaments, and tendons. Injuries to any of these soft tissues—including a simple back muscle strain—can have a significant effect on back pain, function, and ease of movement.
Why is my doctor recommending physical therapy for my neck or back problems?
There is mounting scientific evidence that stretching and muscle strengthening are more effective long-term back pain treatments than rest and pain medication. Physical therapy has been shown to have significant benefits, including:
- Decreased treatment time
- Reduced need for medication
- Faster rehabilitation
At Summit, spine-specialized physical therapy is one more treatment option to help get you past pain and back to a fulfilling and active lifestyle.
How does Summit use physical therapy to treat neck and back pain?
When you come in for an appointment, decisions will be made as a team. If one of our physical therapists wants to consult with another team member about your care, we don’t ask you to set up another appointment—we step outside the consultation room, have a conversation with your doctor, and come back with the answer that best moves your recovery forward.
Our spine specialist physical therapists create a tailored exercise program designed to resolve your pain and prevent it from recurring. Physical therapy gives you the tools you need to reclaim strength, flexibility, and function, and leave your back pain in the past.
Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise
Summit’s spine care team is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the comprehensive expertise of our patient-centered care. Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
More resources for you
Exercise is one of the best preventative measures we can take to maintain good health. Generally, exercise increases physical strength and improves longevity. Specific exercises can also address and improve many types of spine pain.
Physical therapists are highly trained professionals dedicated to your success. Summit Physical Therapist Sam Olson has some tips to help you make the most of your time in physical therapy—and the most of your therapist’s expertise.