Physical Therapy Specialist

Florida Back Institute

Orthopedic Spine Surgeons located in Boca Raton, FL

One of the best things you can do to relieve back pain is to stay active. But it’s essential to take it slow and easy, doing exercises that are therapeutic to gradually rebuild your strength without causing further harm. The best way to rehabilitate your back is with structured physical therapy from the team at Florida Back Institute. They’ll develop customized physical therapy for in-office rehabilitation and teach you exercises you can safely do at home. To learn more, call the office in Boca Raton, Florida, or book an appointment online.

Physical Therapy Q & A

How does physical therapy promote healing?

Whether you sustain a spinal injury or develop a back problem, physical therapy relieves pain and serves as a central component of your rehabilitation.

Physical therapists choose from among many types of passive and active treatments to customize your therapy. As a group, these therapies promote healing by:

  • Increasing blood flow
  • Reducing inflammation and pain
  • Improving range of motion and flexibility
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Improving body mechanics
  • Restoring balance

The overall goal of physical therapy is to restore full function and alleviate the pain caused by spine conditions.

What types of treatment will I receive during physical therapy?

The experienced physical therapists at Florida Back Institute are highly trained in a wide variety of therapeutic techniques. The treatment you’ll receive may be passive or active.

Passive physical therapy

Immediately following an injury or surgery, your therapist may focus on decreasing your pain using passing physical therapy modalities such as:

  • Heat and ice: physical therapists use heat before manual therapy to relax muscles, and then they apply ice after your treatment to reduce inflammation
  • Therapeutic ultrasound: uses heat to increase blood flow and promote healing of your muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments
  • Therapeutic massage: relaxes muscles, improves circulation, and relieves pain
  • Iontophoresis: uses electrical stimulation to administer medication through your skin
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): uses low-voltage electric currents to block pain signals

Active physical therapy

This type of physical therapy includes exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles and soft tissues that support your spine. Your treatment may also include exercises to help you regain balance, endurance, range of motion, and coordination.

What specialized therapies might I receive?

The team at Florida Back Institute offers many specialized therapies that may be included in your treatment, such as:

Spinal traction: Traction gently stretches and decompresses your spine, which promotes healing and relieves pain.

Functional neuromuscular rehabilitation: This therapy improves muscle function using low-level electrical current to stimulate contraction.

Wii-Hab: This is a form of rehabilitation that restores your balance, and it can be fun when using the Nintendo Wii® balance board.

Pilates: Certified Pilates therapists offer mat Pilates and the state-of-the-art Pilates Clinical Reformer® to preserve spinal alignment and correct postural problems.

If you’d like to schedule physical therapy, call Florida Back Institute or use the online booking feature.