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Rick Gustaitis, PT, Dip. MDT

Back pain is one of the top reasons that people seek medical care, and is one of the main reasons for disability. Pain can range from nagging to debilitating, and most humans experience some form of back pain at some point in their lives. The sooner a provider can begin to relieve a patient of their pain the more confident they become in returning to normal daily functional activities. Triage spine care at OrthoCarolina Winston serves to minimize your waiting time when it comes to back pain relief.

The program utilizes the McKenzie approach to spine care and back pain. Developed by physical therapist Robin McKenzie, this mechanical assessment of the spine ultimately enables the patient to continue self-care and treatment outside the office. In this program you will go through a series of movements and activities designed to test your response to pain as we try to find the cause and effect relationship between your normal, everyday positions while moving, sitting and standing, and how pain occurs from those movements.

Here is what you can expect during the treatment portion of your triage spine care visit:

  • Movements and activities designed to test where your pain originates may include checking extension and flexion of the trunk repetitively to see if it reduces or abolishes pain.
  • Manual (hands-on) techniques that you can use at home to treat your own back or neck, such as extension and flexion.
  • Posture correction (lordosis) assessment

After assessing a patient, we together design an at-home treatment plan to manage or alleviate the pain. Our goal is to send you home with an easy-to-perform series of self-treatment exercises that will help eliminate your neck, back and radicular pain. The McKenzie Method is very accurate even when compared with an MRI and the success rate has been shown to be 92% with a therapist and patient.

OrthoCarolina Winston offers a triage spine care program that enables the patient to have a visit, diagnosis and initial treatment with the physician or physician assistant and the physical therapist all within the same appointment. For more information call (336) 768-1270.

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