Back pain

Pain that manifests in discomfort or soreness in the upper, middle, or lower regions of the spine.

Our team take a holistic approach to back pain, providing conservative care that reduces pain and improves function. Back pain is common and may cause a wide range of symptoms, from a dull ache to severe, debilitating pain that makes movement impossible.

Though the pain may affect any part of the back, most people experience discomfort in their lower back or lumbar spine. This part of the spine supports most of your upper body weight and allows you to bend, twist, and lift.

Most back pain resolves on its own within days or a few weeks. However, many people have chronic back pain, which lasts three or more months.

Key Spine Care provides primary care management of spine-related disorders (SRD) like back pain, making sure you get the best care that provides lasting relief.

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Remaining (or getting) free from painkillers
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Common questions

You can incur back pain following a bad fall or a car accident, or the pain may develop slowly over time due to degenerative changes that affect the structure and function of your spine as you get older.

Common causes of back pain include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Joint Dysfunction
  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Radiculopathy

Sciatica is a common cause of lower back pain that most often develops from spine-related problems like a herniated disc or DDD.

You should see the certified primary spine practitioner (PSP) at Key Spine Care any time you have back pain, whether it’s from an unexpected accident or something that developed over time.

The team at Key Spine Care specializes in diagnosing and treating spine-related disorders (SRDs). The PSP has advanced training so they can diagnose spine conditions after a history and physical exam, without additional testing or referrals.

However, they can also determine when X-rays or CT scans are necessary and when it’s time to see a specialist.

The team at Key Spine Care customizes your back pain treatment plan based on the cause of your pain and the severity of your symptoms. Treatment may include:

  • McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT)
  • Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS)
  • Joint manipulation
  • Physical therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Cox Flexion-Distraction Technique (Cox® Technique)
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)

Taking a full-body approach to health and wellness, the team may provide nutrition guidance and mental health services to boost your mood and well-being, as well as specific exercises, which helps ease back pain.

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Our 3 Step Process to Alleviate Pain

At Key Spine Care, we focus on ACTIVE over passive treatment plans and proudly and exclusively only offer 1:1 care (e.g. no assistants or PTAs, just you and the doctor for the entire appointment, every time). We work together as a team to implement our shared plan to treat and prevent your symptoms.

Step 1: RECOVER From Pain & Limitations

After we have determined your individual diagnosis, we create a comprehensive and individualized plan to help you resume doing what you love - without the use of rest, pills, injections, or surgery!

After this stage, you will have:

   1. Eliminated the source of the pain
   2. Found pain-free postures

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Step 2: REBUILD Proper Mechanics & Address Root Cause

We work together as a team to implement our shared plan to develop healthy posture and movement patterns.

After this Stage, you will have completed exercises to address any needs in:

   1. Motor Control
   2. Stabilization
   3. Mobility

Step 3: REDEFINE Future Performance & Prevent Recurrence

We teach Self-Care Methods to make your body stronger and more resilient so that there is a much less likely chance of recurrence.

After this Stage, you will have a toolbox of movements and knowledge to address:

   1. Strength & Conditioning Exercises
   2. Work or Sport-Specific Tasks

Goal of ALL Our Treatment Plans

While we love our 1:1 time with our patients, we also do NOT want you to be locked into a never-ending treatment plan of 2-3 visits per week for life! Most of our treatment plans are 12 visits or less as we prioritize teaching you how to:

  • Eliminate the cause of the pain
  • Find pain-free postures
  • Develop healthy posture and movement patterns