Spinal Care

The Bellin Health Sports Medicine Spine Team consists of physical therapists with extensive training and interest in managing patients with spinal pain conditions. Six of our team members are board Certified Clinical Specialists in Orthopedics and four are Fellowship trained in manual orthopedic physical therapy through the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Whether you are experiencing a new onset of spine pain, continued pain over a long period of time, or are recovering from surgery, our team of Spine Specialists can develop a treatment strategy to help you have less pain and improve your function.

Outcome surveys over the past 3 years have demonstrated over 98% satisfaction ratings and greater functional improvement in fewer visits than other therapy clinics, resulting in lower cost of care.

What is Spinal Rehabilitation?

Interventions used by our diverse team of orthopedic manual therapists consists of spinal mobilization and manipulation to restore joint mobility and ease pain, soft tissue mobilization, motor control re-education, strength and flexibility assessment and treatment with exercise emphasizing core stabilization training, Feldenkrais "Awareness Through Movement" concepts, and more.

Care is provided on an individual basis and focuses on resolving your current condition and improving your ability to prevent further injury as well as manage long standing chronic conditions more successfully.

Acute Low Back Pain Management

It is important that the right care be given early to a patient within 3 weeks of onset of low back pain. It is our goal to have the acute low back pain patient seen in physical therapy within 24 hours of their initial consult with the primary care provider. These patients can be seen by any therapist within the therapy department.

Acute management has been shown to significantly reduce medication use, number of doctor visits and missed time at work due to back pain.  There is also clear evidence from research and practical application that rapid access to appropriate physical therapy results in:

  • Higher patient satisfaction
  • Improved functional outcomes
  • Decreased pain
  • Less cost
  • Decrease in unnecessary imaging, labeling
  • Decrease in surgical rates

Chronic Back Pain Management

Over 80% of Americans will suffer from spine pain at some point in their lives, some of which will develop into chronic problems. The good news is most painful conditions of the spine can be treated successfully. By working with our team of spinal specialists, you will receive care and education on your condition and treatment and they will empower you to take an active role in resolving and managing your condition We take great pride in providing you the finest evidence-based care.


The treatment you receive will vary depending on the condition you have. Treatment may include:

  • Manipulation/Mobilization
  • Specific stretching
  • Progressive strengthening
  • Evidence-based education regarding your condition
  • Therapeutic neuroscience education to help you better understand your pain
  • Certified Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement

Restoring movement to all of these areas of your body will help you to return to your optimal function. This includes, for most people, starting routine aerobic exercise that is low impact in nature, improving your muscle and joint flexibility, and strengthening specific muscle groups that stabilize and facilitate optimal movement in your spine. For some, the programs will include assertive strengthening programs will offer the most benefit, and for others, programs focused on improving movement patterns and awareness will be more effective. Our staff has the ability to tailor your personal program to your specific condition, needs and work demands. We also can help you with your chronic headache and TMJ conditions, which are often related to stresses we place on our spine.