For Patients - Are You a Candidate?
Less than 2% of patients with chronic spinal pain have a surgical solution. Therefore, 98% will have to find a non-surgical way to deal with the problem. Assuming you are not an immediate surgical candidate, ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered "yes" to either of these questions then you are a candidate for the Physicians Neck & Back Clinics (PNBC) program. In addition, PNBC also treats patients with herniated discs and sciatica .
Almost all patients seen at PNBC have tried several other therapies (Reference 5) and have attempted exercise either at home or at another clinic. Even so, these patients almost always exhibit significant de-conditioning and poor flexibility indicating that any previous exercise therapy was either inadequate to affect their strength or did not strengthen the appropriate areas.
PNBC, by utilizing equipment that isolates the most important supporting muscles of the back and neck, is able to strengthen the critical structures. Most exercise equipment at health clubs (Reference 2) or other physical therapy offices does not isolate these important muscles well. Consequently, one can exercise yet still be deconditioned in the most critical areas: the neck and/or low back.
MRI's, X-rays, and CT scans
Patients often ask if certain MRI, CT, or x-ray findings indicate whether or not they are candidates for intensive exercise. We review these studies in detail but only rarely do we discover imaging findings that contraindicate exercise. In fact, imaging tests often do not reveal the cause of symptoms. Instead, they reveal "anatomical changes" only and do not "light up" the source of pain. Many studies show an almost equal incidence of abnormal imaging findings in people with and without symptoms. For example, so many people without back pain are noted to have a "bulging disk" that such a finding is now considered to be a normal variation.
If you are unsure whether PNBC is appropriate for you, feel free to contact us to speak directly with our staff.