Neck And Back Pain

Neck and Back Pain In Rochester, MN

Neck and Back pain is a very common health problem that affects people of all ages, from adolescents to the elderly, and it is the third most common reason for visits to the Doctor’s office. At Optimal Movement we offer neck and back physical therapy treatments in Rochester, Minnesota. It is the number one leading cause of disability worldwide, not only causing people to miss work, but also preventing them from engaging in everyday activities. Each year over 50% of working Americans report experiencing some degree of back pain, from a dull ache to a disabling pain, and it is estimated that up to 80% of people will experience some degree of neck and back pain in their lifetime. Because the back is such a complex structure that consists of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves, it can sometimes be hard to diagnose the exact cause of the pain. In addition, there are many other factors such as poor posture, muscle weakness, degenerative conditions such as arthritis, and psychological stress that can complicate, and sometimes exacerbate, back pain. Unfortunately, not all neck and back pain is the same, it can present in many different ways:


  • Numbness or tingling into your extremities
  • Dull, burning or sharp pain localized to your back or neck
  • Sharp, shooting pain that radiates into your arms or legs
  • Stiffness or achiness that occurs anywhere along your spine
  • Constant achiness when standing or sitting for long periods of time

Dr. BJ Nash Optimal Movement Physical Therapist in Rochester, MN.

Neck and Back Pain Treatments We Offer

While neck and back pain can be caused by traumatic events such as a car accident or a sports injury, sometimes pain can be caused by something as simple as bending over to pick up a pencil off the floor. Below is a list of some of the more common back conditions we treat:

  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Degenerative joint disease (DJD)
  • Disc herniation
  • Sprains/strains
  • Radiculopathy (nerve impingement) (pinched nerve)
  • Stenosis
  • Facet arthropathy
  • Sciatica
  • Postural back pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Stiff joints
  • Whiplash
  • Car accident
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Headaches

How Physical Therapy Can Help With Neck And Back Pain

Because the back is such a complex structure, it can sometimes be hard to know where your pain is coming from or what is causing it. However, at Optimal Movement we remove the guess work by providing a 1 on 1 comprehensive examination which consists of standardized tests and outcome measures to help identify the impairments and functional limitations that are contributing to your symptoms. We use a combination of hands-on techniques and individualized exercise programming that is evidenced based and tailored specifically for you and your condition. Our goal is to help you achieve measurable change during each subsequent session, whether that be decreased pain, improved function or both. We can help modify lifestyle factors to eliminate pain in the short term, but provide you with the tools to prevent it from coming back in the future. Here are some of the more common treatment techniques that may be used:

  • Joint mobilization and mobilization with movement
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Trigger point release
  • Manual traction
  • Myofascial release
  • Muscle energy
  • Kinesio taping, postural taping, bracing
  • Individualized exercise programming
  • Postural retraining and ergonomic assessment

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