What is Spine Strong?
Spine Strong is a San Diego based mobile spine rehabilitation service created specifically for people suffering from chronic/recurring lower back pain. Our goal is to revolutionize how low back pain is treated by following these three self prescribed rules:
√ Must Be Proven Effective – Our Spine Strong Program is based on intensive spine strengthening techniques that have been proven effective in medical research and clinical application.
√ Must Be Extremely Convenient – We designed our Spine Strong Program to provide maximum effectiveness in the minimum time frame, keeping individual sessions as brief as 15 minutes. Additionally, we are a 100% mobile service and available 7 days per week. Our experienced doctor personally travels to your home or workplace with portable spine rehabilitation equipment and guides you through each and every session.
√ Must Be Affordable - We wanted to make this service available to everyone, not just for the wealthy or well insured.
What is the Spine Strong Program?
The Spine Strong Program utilizes scientifically developed intensive spine strengthening protocols, which are clinically proven to help relieve your existing back pain as well as prevent the pain from returning. Our doctor will personally come to your home or workplace with specialized portable spine rehabilitation equipment and guide you through each back strengthening session. The program consists of 20 visits, performed twice per week, over a 10 week period. Sessions are as brief as 15 minutes in duration and our doctor is available 7 days per week including mornings and evenings.
What is chronic/recurring low back pain?
Chronic/recurring back pain refers to back pain that is either constantly present to some degree, or comes and goes, and has been a problem for at least 6 months . Although there are different guidelines on how long the pain needs to be present for the problem to be considered chronic, it doesn’t really matter. As long as your back is not in an acute, inflamed state, intensive spine strengthening is the treatment of choice.
How do I know if Spine Strengthening is right for me?
There are many different sources of back pain and it is usually impossible to determine the true cause of the pain. The most important step is to first rule out the more serious, albeit rare, conditions. This can usually be easily done with a detailed medical history, symptom questionnaire and physical evaluation. Imaging studies such as X-Ray and MRI are rarely necessary and can be counter productive at times. Once these conditions are ruled out, and as long as you are not in an acute phase, intensive spine strengthening should be your first choice. Why, you ask? After even a minor injury, the muscles that move, support and protect your spine begin to rapidly atrophy (weaken and deteriorate). And the sooner these muscles are appropriately strengthened, the better the chances of making a full recovery.
Why do traditional treatment methods only provide temporary pain relief?
Traditional treatment methods for back pain, (such as standard chiropractic, ultrasound, laser, electric stimulation, pain relieving medications, spinal injections, most physical therapy, etc….), fall into the category of palliative, or passive care. These are what we call your “Band Aid” type treatments. Sure, they may help you feel somewhat better, but the effects rarely last and therefore require ongoing treatments to try to mask the pain. The problem with lower back pain is its resistance to these types of treatments and its overall resilience. This is where common sense comes into play. It has been well established by the leaders in medical orthopedics that the recurring nature of back pain is due to weak spinal muscles. And when these muscles are appropriately strengthened through an intensive, progressive spine strengthening program, the pain goes away and the recurrences stop (or at least lessens). Traditional treatment methods generally do not strengthen spinal muscles, and therefore do not prevent recurring episodes of back pain.
Can I strengthen my back on my own?
The problem with the muscles of the lumbar spine (lower back) is that they are small, very specific in their function, and surrounded by much larger, stronger muscle groups that perform similar movements. When the spinal muscles are weak, these larger muscle groups can completely take over the movement of the back in an attempt to protect the area from injury. Strengthening of the appropriate spinal muscles requires an isolated, restricted movement that is almost impossible to reproduce without specialized spine rehabilitation equipment designed to stabilize the pelvis while the spinal muscles are allowed to go through their full range of motion against gradual resistance. Due to the atrophied (weakened) state of these spinal muscles, a slow steady progression of resistance is necessary so not to overload the muscles too early. But at the same time, the strengthening needs to be aggressive enough to promote the appropriate level of muscular fatigue. Most patients with back pain are well, in pain, and often worried about causing further injury to their back. So even if they had the knowledge and experience to perform an intensive, progressive spine strengthening program on their own, performing the exercises properly when there is pain and nervous apprehension about injury, is almost impossible. It is critical that, at least in the early stages, an experienced spine strengthening specialist provides supervision and guidance through your spine strengthening program.
Is the Spine Strong Program safe?
Yes, spine strengthening is very safe. We are extremely careful to screen patients for any potential “red flags” that would contraindicate treatment. In our 13+ years of spine strengthening experience, we have never caused a patient injury.