Back, Neck, and Spine Rehabilitation Services
MedStar Health Physical Therapy offers state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of back, neck and spine pain. Our goal is to arrive at as specific a diagnosis as possible, and formulate the most effective treatment plan. The program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of experienced clinicians led by a fellowship-trained spine specialist.
Conditions that may be effectively treated include:
- simple muscle strain
- disk herniation
- facet joint syndrome
- sacroiliac joint syndrome
No matter how sharp, or how long it lasts, back pain often limits our ability to feel active and productive. The top priority for anyone suffering from back pain is simply to eliminate the pain. Common causes of back pain include
- Too much activity that strains the back muscles
- Being out of shape or overweight, allowing extra weight to strain the back
Common causes of neck pain include:
- Poor posture, especially while using a computer or watching television
- Quickly moving or twisting your head
- Sleeping in a bad position
Evaluating Your Pain
Our goal is to relieve your back pain and restore your ability to enjoy your favorite activities. One of the best ways to ensure you get the most successful back and spine treatment is to describe your pain accurately and in detail—where it is, when it starts, what helps to relieve it. This way, our back and spine doctors and therapists can understand what you are dealing with. Consider the following questions when thinking about describing your pain:
- When does the pain happen?
- How long does it last? Does the pain come and go? Or is it there all the time?
- Is this pain new? Have you ever had this pain before?
- Does it hurt in more than one place?
- Does it feel like it's on the inside or on the outside of your body?
- Does the pain keep you from doing certain things?
- Does pain interrupt your sleep? Does it change your mood? Affect your appetite?
- What makes the pain better? What makes it worse? What have you tried to relieve the pain?
Tailored Treatment Plan
At MedStar Health Physical Therapy, treatment is tailored to the particular diagnosis and the individual patient, and usually includes a combination of medications and physical therapy. The goal is to reduce or eliminate pain and restore the patient to maximal function, so that he or she can resume full vocational and recreational activities.
One of the tools available to assist the physician in making a specific diagnosis and providing state-of-the-art treatment is fluoroscopically guided spinal injection. New technology allows the physician to target specific structures of the spine and inject medication with great accuracy. This technique allows precise determination of the “pain generator” causing the patient’s symptoms. It also makes possible the direct treatment of the pain-producing process, which significantly accelerates recovery when combined with physical therapy.
With a comprehensive, diagnosis-specific treatment program, surgery is often unnecessary. However, for those patients who will require surgery, this approach provides the patient and surgeon the best chance of excellent results. Our physical and occupational therapists work closely with area physicians to provide effective care to the patients referred to us.
MedStar Spine Center at Chevy Chase
MedStar National Rehabilitation Network’s services for spine conditions at the Chevy Chase location offer state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of back, neck and spine pain. Our skilled clinicians will evaluate your condition and determine any joint limitations, muscle weakness, and pinpoint your pain distribution to develop an individualized treatment plan to help you regain function, relieve pain, and prevent future injury. Our goal is to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and formulate the most effective treatment plan. Learn more about the back, neck & spine pain rehabilitation services at MedStar Spine Center.