Backgrounder on Spine Care Program

The human spine is a remarkable structure. Your spine is designed to give you support and protection. At the same time, the spine provides strength, coordination and flexibility for walking, running, jumping, bending, stretching and twisting. It is essential that your spine and its structures are healthy and pain free in order to have an optimal quality of life.

Muscle and joint sprain/strain is the most common cause of spinal pain. Fortunately, most episodes of spinal sprain/strain are uncomplicated and will require minimal therapy. However, more complex spinal conditions involving herniated discs, degenerative discs, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, ankylosing spondylitis, failed back surgery syndrome, osteoporosis, de-conditioning or serious whiplash require a more comprehensive clinical management strategy. Our spine care program  involves the co-management of chronic disorders often associated with spinal conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, anxiety and depression. Our program is divided into 3 components designed to meet the unique needs of adolescents, seniors and adults.

Our general Spine Care Program is designed for the adult and utilizes an innovative approach to the management of complex spinal conditions. Cases of complex spinal pain involve multiple sources of pain mechanisms including injury and dysfunction of various spinal structures (ligaments, disc, muscle, tendon, bone and joints), neurological compromise, metabolic and hormonal alterations as well as psychological involvement.

Long standing or recurring back pain is currently classified by researchers and government health organizations as a Chronic Disease which responds more effectively with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary treatment approach. Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly health problems facing Canadians, they are also among the most preventable. Major chronic diseases, including spinal (back) conditions, heart disease, depression, diabetes and asthma share common risk factors and “co-morbidities”. Modifiable health habits and risk factors such as physical inactivity, poor diet, smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol, and being overweight account for a substantial proportion of all chronic diseases including painful back conditions.  To learn more about our approach to ligament and disc regeneration, click here.

For each patient, we will develop a 5-pronged progressive treatment approach to address your specific spinal condition. The program includes systematic treatment with our team of experts including our chiropractor, physiotherapist, massage therapist, psychologist, psychotherapist and registered nurse. The 5 program phases include:

  • Pain Management
  • Education and Reassurance
  • Regeneration and Repair
  • Lifestyle Modification
  • Functional Rehabilitation