Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation in New York

Spinal physical therapy’s general goals include decreasing pain, increasing back function, and to help patients get educated on back health to help prevent future injuries. Physical therapy programs are recommended for reoccurring lower back pain. During a physical therapy program, you will communicate with a physical therapist to determine your health, daily activity, exercise, and chronic spinal issues. Weill Cornell Medicine’s Center for Comprehensive Spine Care prides itself on a three-part program for each patient: Accurate Diagnosis, Comprehensive Treatment, and a collaborative partnership with your clinical team.

Common components of physical therapy are passive and active physical therapy. Passive physical therapy temporarily decreases back pain. Some examples include the use of ice packs, heating pads, and electrical nerve stimulators. Active physical therapy requires the patient to stretch daily and perform specialized exercises. Exercise benefits the lower backs stability, in turn increasing the production of muscle around the spine and discs and putting less strain on the back. Spinal decompression therapy is another form of physical therapy which is most effective for post-surgical patients. Decompression therapy treats aching of the lower back, neck and pain associated with herniated discs. Our team at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Center for Comprehensive Spine Care offers a comprehensive approach and performs individualized spinal physical therapy.

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