Treatments & Relief for Back, Neck & Spine Pain
Our mobile therapy clinic specializes in treatment for a variety of back, neck and spine conditions, offering at-home physical therapy to the northern Milwaukee suburbs of Grafton, Mequon, Germantown, Menomonee Falls, Elm Grove, Brookfield and more. Through knowledge, movement and awareness, we hope to relieve your pain and help you live a more active, healthy and confident life.
Back and neck pain can be caused by any number of conditions. Below you’ll find a summary of some of the more common treatments we offer. However, it’s important to us that regardless of your specific diagnosis or condition, we take a total body, whole person approach when it comes to examining and treating your pain.
Acute Neck & Low Back Pain Relief
Acute neck and back pain is interesting because it can be from an acute traumatic injury or first time pain that comes on gradually with no specific known cause. No matter how your acute pain began we will be able to determine the factors causing your pain to persist and from that develop a thorough treatment plan for pain relief.
Chronic Neck & Low Back Pain Relief
Chronic neck pain and chronic low back pain is complex and require a whole body approach to pain management. This type of pain is commonly referred to as nonspecific pain because there is not one particular structure causing pain. Instead, chronic pain can be from multiple structures in the neck and back and is commonly associated with dysfunction in other regions of the body, even if they are not painful. This pain can also be related to various lifestyle factors as well.
Headaches have many causes with migraine and tension headaches being common types. Another type of headache that is common is from cervical origins called cervicogenic headaches. These headaches come from dysfunction in the upper cervical spine and cause symptoms in the upper neck and base of skull with further referral to the head and face. When looking for headache relief it is important to recognize that people can have multiple types of headaches at once requiring a team of health professionals to help in diagnosis and treatment.
Sciatica is the term used to refer to an irritated sciatic nerve that is causing pain. Irritation can come from swelling, disc herniation, and arthritis in the low back. It can also be caused by spasms and tightness in the piriformis and hamstring muscles, too. When the nerve is irritated pain can be felt anywhere along the path of the nerve from the low back to the foot. Typically pain is in one extremity, but on some occasions can be felt in both extremities.
Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment
Degenerative disc disease is not a disease, but a process. Under normal circumstances, as we age discs lose some water over time and stiffen. Even though this occurs, discs still maintain its normal function of providing shock absorption and helping to produce coordinated movement. If discs get injured and sustain herniations, bulging, or tearing they tend to lose water faster and from that degenerate resulting in the discs losing height. Interestingly, degenerated discs are not always correlated with pain, but it can lead to hypermobility and instabilities in the spine that can produce pain.
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Treatment
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is pain coming from the sacroiliac joint. This joint is normally a very solid and stable joint especially when a lot of force is put through the joint as we do during walking, running, and jumping. There are situations that can cause the SI joint to be symptomatic. They are pregnancy, infections, and trauma. Another common cause of SI joint pain is chronic low back pain and/or dysfunction that causes the joint to move in uncoordinated ways.
Scapular Pain Relief
Scapular pain is pain that is felt around the area of the shoulder blade. Commonly this pain has a spinal origin. Pain could be coming from local spinal structures in the thoracic spine and ribs causing pain. It is also common that certain joints in the neck refer pain to the shoulder blade.
Buttock Pain Relief
Buttock pain is just that, pain felt in the region of the buttocks above the posterior thigh. Buttock pain can come from local structures such as the SI joint, hip joint, and muscles of the buttock as well as the proximal hamstrings. Buttock pain can also be a referred pain from the lumbar spine, which is a common source of buttock pain.
Herniated Disc Treatment
Vertebral discs are important structures that provide structure to our spine for stability and movement purposes. They are firmly attached to each vertebra through ligaments and other connective tissues. Discs never “slip out” of place, but they can tear, bulge and herniate. Repetitive strain injuries commonly cause discs to herniate such as extended periods of sitting in suboptimal postures and lifting with poor ergonomics too many times. Discs can also herniate from acute trauma. The intensity and location of pain can vary depending on the severity of the injury. In milder cases, dull pain can be felt locally in the neck or back. In more complex cases, swelling from the disc can irritate nerves causing sharp pain down one of the extremities or a disc herniation can pinch a nerve causing the same type of pain.
Radiculopathy is commonly referred to as a pinched nerve. Symptoms are usually pain and tingling/numbness felt in the involved arm or leg. Sometimes muscular weakness and reflex changes occur, too. Pinched nerves can develop from spinal and disc degeneration, disc herniation, and other trauma.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment
Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal and/or the vertebral foramen narrow causing compression on the spinal cord or nerve roots. Stenosis more commonly occurs later in life due to degenerative and arthritic changes in the spine that leads to the actual narrowing of the spine. Symptoms can be pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the related extremity.
Spondylosis is a general term for wear and tear arthritic degeneration of the spine. More specific terms related to this condition is spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and facet arthritis.
Spinal Arthritis Treatment
Spinal arthritis is another term for spondylosis and can show up as disc degeneration, bone spurring, and facet arthritis.
Get Relief for Your Back & Neck Pain
Contact Southeastern Physical Therapy today to start your journey toward a healthier, more active, and more comfortable life. Regardless of whether you saw your specific condition or diagnosis listed above, please reach out to us. This list represents a small sampling of the most common back, neck and spine conditions we specialize in treating and not everyone’s symptoms or experiences will be the same. It is our commitment to support you and guide you on your way to moving better, feeling better, and living better.