In response to a problem afflicting so many people, Sentara offers a comprehensive back conditioning program. It includes customized evaluation, conditioning and education to help patients achieve maximum improvement.

Conditions helped by our back program include:

  • Low back pain
  • Muscle strain
  • Post-surgical conditions
  • Post-traumatic injury
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Spondylosis/Spondylolisthesis
  • Disc disease
  • Arthritis

Treatment begins with an extensive evaluation:

  • Range of motion testing
  • Strength assessment
  • Postural evaluation
  • Gait analysis
  • Neurological screening
  • Palpation
  • Body mechanics
  • Work-related tasks

Conditioning is customized for each patient:

  • Lumbar stabilization
  • Stretching
  • Aerobic conditioning
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Progressive lifting
  • Modified work simulation
  • Proper body mechanics

Education in healthy back care helps patients avoid re-injury with:

  • Proper body mechanics
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Proper posture
  • Safe lifting techniques

Results, physician communication and after-care: 

  • Patients and therapists work as a team, striving to achieve improved strength, greater flexibility and better body function.
  • Referring physicians receive progress reports on flexibility, strengthening, lifting and aerobic capabilities.
  • Each patient graduates with a personal exercise program to continue building strength and aerobic fitness.

Many patients transition to a fitness or wellness center to continue supervised exercise therapy with therapists and trainers who have special expertise in back care. Patients need a physician’s prescription to receive most therapy services.