Back and Neck Pain

Back Pain

Back pain and other spine-related problems are incredibly common and very problematic. Many people may experience upper back pain, lower back pain, and sometimes both. An estimated 80% of people in the Western world will consult their health care provider for back pain assistance during their adult life. Although the majority of back pain cases are not serious and usually are not damaging to your body's tissues, the pain is frustrating to quality of life. Your body's ability to heal from back injuries is very powerful, and in most cases, the pain and limited mobility will resolve itself in a number of days.

If back pain persists for more than a couple days with no improvement, we strongly advise you to consider upper back pain physical therapy and lower back pain physical therapy. At Dynamic Physical Therapy, we will work closely with you to create custom treatment plans that will help relieve you of your back pain. We believe in incorporating elements that have strong medical proof, including manual therapy, various modalities like traction and electrical stimulation, patient education, and specific exercise prescription.

Our treatment plans are created only after we perform a thorough evaluation and interview to determine each patient's unique needs. It is this individualized approach that sets us apart from other back pain physical therapy providers in Northwestern Michigan.

Less common back problems include those where nerves are irritated or damaged, and problems involving reduced stability of small lower back areas. These conditions have often been treated with great success through the use of physical therapy. Surgical options also exist for these conditions and many others. As conscientious health care providers, we advocate for non-operative care before surgery. We believe many back issues can be resolved through physical therapy. Surgery should be considered only when an individual has exhausted all other options and has well-defined spinal problems that are causing long-term damage to quality of life or the back.

Only in rare circumstances should patients consider surgery immediately; these conditions are recognized by your primary health care provider and they should refer you to the appropriate specialist.

Neck Pain

Neck injuries and neck pain are unique to each patient. The movement and anatomy of the neck are unlike other spine parts. At Dynamic Physical Therapy, our skilled physical therapists possess advanced knowledge and the ability to accurately assess your neck pain and create a personalized neck pain treatment program.

Research has shown that manual therapy is highly effective for treating neck pain, and this is one of the areas in which we excel. We also believe proper posture and exercises play an important role in patients' recovery.

Headache pain is common, but many people don't realize that headaches can be due to a neck injury. A neck injury can lead to aching, stiff joints, and muscle dysfunction — all of which are responsible for headaches and migraines. If you're experiencing frequent headache pains, the issue may actually be due to a neck injury. Neck injury physical therapy may be vital to your healing process.

The neck is a relatively vulnerable area of the human body and is best left to professionals who possess the knowledge and skills to efficiently and safely assist you in neck pain and neck injury recovery.

Dynamic Physical Therapy proudly serves the Northern Michigan region including Buckley, Cadillac, Gaylord, Grayling, Manistee, Marion, Traverse City, and surrounding areas.