Physical Therapy for Spine Conditions

Spine injuries and degenerative conditions require specialized physical therapy. Whether you are looking to avoid surgery or recovering from a surgical procedure, a physical therapist who specializes in spine-specific rehabilitation can offer you the best opportunity for recovery. Who better to provide this expertise than Cary Orthopaedics Spine Center, the region’s only comprehensive spine specialty practice. 

Our spinal physical therapists work with you to relieve suffering from neck or back issues and restore your health and mobility. Our spine PT team will determine an individual treatment plan for your specific case. If you are under a doctor’s care, we will coordinate with your physician to understand your diagnosis and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation program.

A physician’s prescription is not required for spine physical therapy. Patients can learn about our physical therapists here and contact our PT office directly to start on your path to recovery.

Post Operative Spine Physical Therapy

The physical therapists at Cary Orthopaedics Spine Center are extensively trained in treating patients post operatively. Spine surgery can be a difficult and overwhelming experience. Getting back on your feet can be done quickly and effectively with the help of spine-specific physical therapy. Our spine physical therapists see patients both before and after surgery to ensure a successful recovery process. We coordinate with your surgeon throughout the entire process to evaluate your diagnosis and surgical plan in order to implement comprehensive rehabilitative treatment, maintaining a personal level of care along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions About Spine Physical Therapy

Yes, physical therapy can help significantly if the symptoms are musculoskeletal in nature. That is, if the source of your symptoms is from joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs or poor posture.

Your doctor or physical therapist will help you determine if your condition is one which physical therapy will be of benefit.

It depends on the symptoms you are experiencing as a result of your poor posture. In general, poor posture makes us move and function inefficiently and places abnormal stresses on our spine and other body parts. This manifests as pain, stiffness, fatigue and other symptoms. Poor posture can be corrected to some degree through the diligent application of specific exercises and specific manual therapy techniques.

North Carolina, like most states, is a direct access state, meaning you do not need a doctor’s referral to be seen by a physical therapist.

The exception is Medicare patients and patients with Cigna private insurance. Regardless if Medicare is your primary or secondary insurer, you will need a doctor’s referral. Patients with Cigna insurance will require a referral from any of the Cary Orthopaedics Spine Center physicians.

That depends. If you had recent imaging done, bring the report and actual exposures with you. If you don’t have any recent imaging, that is okay as you may not need them. Your spine physical therapist will discuss imaging with you at your initial appointment.

You will be evaluated by a qualified, licensed physical therapist who will determine the cause of your symptoms. Based on the assessment, a plan of care will be suggested to alleviate and/or manage your symptoms.

Physical therapists have many “tools” to draw from during this process. An important expectation we have of our patients is that they actively participate in the rehabilitation process. Educating you, the patient, is vitally important to help alleviate current symptoms and prevent future recurrences.

All the above professionals can help with spinal conditions. If you are currently seeing one of these other professionals and are getting good results, please continue under their care. If you are getting poor results and your condition is not improving, consider seeing a physical therapist with a specialty in spinal conditions.

Within our facilities at Cary Orthopaedics Spine Center, we work closely with other health professionals as needed for best patient outcomes.

Conditions Treated with Spine Physical Therapy

  • Post spinal surgery rehabilitation
  • Bulging and herniated discs
  • Cervicalgia (neck pain)
  • Cervicogenic headaches (tension or stress headaches)
  • Degenerative conditions of the spine
  • General joint and muscle stiffness of the spine
  • Lumbago (low back pain)
  • Osteoarthritic conditions of the spine or joints
  • Poor posture
  • Post-natal back pain
  • Radiculopathy and sciatica
  • Sacroiliac joint problems
  • Scoliosis and kyphosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis and retrolisthesis
  • Sport induced spinal injuries
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Torticollis (wry neck)
  • Weak lumbopelvic “core” muscles

Spine Physical Therapists in Cary, Holly Springs and Morrisville

Contact Cary Orthopaedics today to make your spine physical therapy appointment. We look forward to helping you get on the road to recovery.

Cary Orthopaedics
Physical Therapy

Since 2002, our Physical Therapy staff at Cary Orthopaedics has been dedicated to the patient’s total recovery, providing individualized care under the supervision of Cary Orthopaedics’ physicians. Physical therapy services are available at our locations throughout the Triangle.


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