Shane Sullivan PT, DPT, CERT. MDT, OCS, ATC, CSCS
SpineScottsdale Physical Therapy
This information is provided as a service by an independent privately owned physical therapy clinic specializing in spine rehabilitation: Spine Scottsdale Physical Therapy. Shane Sullivan is not employed at SWSS and serves only as a professional consultant in his area of expertise. SWSS and SpineScottsdale Physical Therapy are independent of each other and neither company assumes responsibility for any of the content contained herein nor injuries that could arise from the improper use of these exercises. Please consult your physician or physical therapist prior to initiating a home exercise program.
What does physical therapy have to do with relieving your back or neck pain? Research in physical therapy suggests that an important part of your recovery and rehabilitation process involves three types of exercises:
The exercises chosen by your physical therapist will be designed to meet your individual needs. Since no two back injuries are identical, the medical and physical therapy evaluation will determine which exercises are best for your injury.
If you have back or neck pain, you should first make an appointment with a SW Spine and Sport provider to determine the cause of pain. They will prescribe the best treatment for your problem which may include physical therapy. A physical therapist will be able to design an exercise program to meet your individual needs.
Please note that we do not encourage you to diagnose and treat yourself. We have provided this medical information to make you more knowledgeable about nonsurgical aspects of care, the role of exercises in your long-term recovery, and injury prevention. If you diagnose or treat yourself, you assume responsibility for your actions.
Physical Therapy Exercises
Poor Posture/Forward Head
Facet Low Back Pain
Discogenic Low Back Pain
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Stand with foot on chair. Slowly lean forward until you feel a gentle stretch on the back of your leg.
Prone Press Up
Lie on stomach with hands on table under of shoulders. Slowly press up the top half of your body relaxing your hips. Slowly return to start position.
On all fours opposite arm and leg extension
With hands under shoulders and knees under hips, slowly extend your opposite arm and leg at the same time.