One of Ohio State’s strengths is our physical therapy program, with therapists who specialize in spine conditions. Following an examination of posture, spine mobility, strength and flexibility, our physical therapists customize a plan for you. We take into account any impairments or functional limitations you have. Typically, you will work one on one with a therapist on pain-relieving movement strategies and on improvements in strength and flexibility.
Additional non-surgical treatments include:
- Education on back care and recommendations for specific needs (such as job demands, recreational activities, home set-up)
- Real-time ultrasound imaging (RUSI) of movement in anatomical structures to retrain the deep stabilizing musculature of your spine (a highly researched, evidence-based intervention)
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Weight loss guidance emphasizing healthier eating and exercise to ease pressure on the spine
- Pilates, yoga and aquatic therapy to strengthen back muscles
- Acupuncture, provided in the Comprehensive Spine Center, or dry needling for pain control through Ohio State’s Center for Integrative Medicine
- Spinal cord stimulation in the Center for Neuromodulation using an implanted device similar to a pacemaker to deliver mild electrical impulses to the spinal cord before pain signals arrive. Instead of pain, you feel a tingling sensation
- Smoking Cessation Clinic through Ohio State's Ross Heart Hospital to promote bone health
- Spine orthobiologics, also known as stem cell therapy, activates the body’s natural healing process through injections of the body’s own healthy cells into the injured area to stimulate tissue regeneration and natural healing.