Back Therapy in Stark, Carroll & Tuscarawas Counties
Mercy Spine Care Program offers a non-surgical, outpatient approach to help patients alleviate back pain, control symptoms and improve daily function. With physical therapists available at five different locations, Mercy Spine Care Program can help you get back to living.
Your back is an intricate structure of bones, disks and muscles. The bones of the back are called the vertebrae. In between the bones are cushions called disks. Because of the back’s complexity and its weight-bearing responsibility, it’s not surprising that the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) lists back pain as the second most common neurological ailment in the United States. Back pain comes with another kind of suffering: Americans spend an estimated $50 billion a year on the problem.
What Causes Back Pain
An estimated 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some time. Back pain can be acute or chronic and may develop as a result of injury, underlying physical problems, disease, health conditions or lifestyle habits. Common causes include:
- Sports injury
- Muscle spasms
- Osteoarthritis, degeneration
- Osteopenia, osteoporosis
- Disc herniation
- Spinal stenosis
- Tailbone, sacral pain
A Team Approach to Spine Care and Back Pain
Mercy Spine Care Program offers a team approach to evaluating and treating your back pain. Team members include:
- Physical therapists & physical therapist assistants
- Pain Management Physicians
- Healthcare professionals from referral services
- Smoking cessation
- Nutrition services
A Comprehensive Program for Spine Care
As a patient of the multidisciplinary Mercy Spine Care Program, your care may include:
- Initial evaluation
- Individualized treatment plan
- Ergonomic assessment
- Customized home exercise program
- Functional capacity evaluation
- Interventional Pain Management procedures when needed.
Treatment Options for Back Pain
After a comprehensive evaluation, Mercy Spine Care physical therapists will initiate an individualized treatment plan, which may include:
- Therapeutic exercise
- Core lumbar stabilization
- Mechanical traction
- McKenzie extension, Williams flexion
- Manual therapy (soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, joint mobilization/manipulation)
- Taping (kinesiotaping, posture taping)
- Neuromuscular posture re-education
- Aquatic/pool therapy
- Work simulation
- Lifting mechanics
- Customized home exercise program
Patient Satisfaction with Mercy Spine Care
Mercy Spine Care Program utilizes CareConnections, a tool to measure clinical outcomes and the quality of care required to achieve these outcomes. Results show that Mercy patients report higher than national averages for increase in function, decrease of pain and higher perceived improvement after completing the program.
“Before I began physical therapy at Mercy Health Center, the pain in my back was quite bad, especially after a long day at work. After receiving treatment, I feel 100 percent better. My back pain has largely disappeared, and even after a long day at work, it is little more than just an ache.” –Andrew I.
“The exercises I learned here have had a tremendous effect on my quality of life. I am pain free and can do everything I could before I had so much pain. If I ever have any more issues with pain, I would definitely come back.” –Kim B.
“When I first started P.T. (physical therapy), I could hardly walk. Pain was a 10 plus. After two weeks of P.T., I felt great… pain free. I would highly recommend Mercy therapists, very professional and caring people.” –Louise Y.