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The Institute for Athletic Medicine's Back and Neck Care program specializes in treating lower back problems.
These problems often are the result of weak trunk muscles that link the pelvis and spine at the center of the body, also known as the “core.” Physical therapists who understand the complexities of the back and trunk, train and educate you to care for your back to minimize your risk of future back problems.
People of all ages, occupations and activity levels benefit from this program. You’ll learn healthy back care strategies that you can put to work immediately in your daily life and in your favorite recreational activities. We help you to help yourself through a personalized program that includes:
Our physical therapists complete an initial evaluation to determine your current level of strength by evaluating your fitness level, abdominal strength, mid-range lifting ability and by using MedX, a medical device that is specially designed to test and improve your muscle strength. Based on your evaluation, you’ll participate in one of the treatment programs: Essential Core or Advanced Core.
Each program features exercises to help strengthen your deep abdominal and back muscles while training one-to-one with a physical therapist. When you are stronger, you’ll progress to more challenging exercises.
In addition to strengthening your core muscles, this program helps to improve fitness. Participants receive a pedometer to use during the program to monitor the number of steps taken in a day. With that information our team works with you to develop strategies to increase your daily physical activity and fitness level, contributing to a healthier back.