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 Neck and Back Pain Rehabilitation

Neck and Back Pain Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is part of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Spine Center. The program provides care for people with short-term or chronic back or neck pain caused by injury, trauma, disease or aging. Our integrated approach focuses on nonsurgical solutions to help alleviate pain and restore function.

Our Patients

Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to sudden, sharp pain, and may last for days or months. We treat people with neck or back pain that may be related to:

  • Arthritis (inflammation in the joints)
  • Degenerative disc disease (a gradual wear and tear process on the spine)
  • Osteoporosis (thinning or loss of bone tissue over time)
  • Radiculopathy (commonly referred to as sciatica and results from a problem with the nerves that run from the lower back down the back of each leg, causing pain, weakness or numbness and tingling)
  • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
  • Slipped or herniated disc (discs that cushion the bones of the spine slip out of place or rupture)
  • Muscle injury or strain (injury to either a muscle or a tendon)
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine puts pressure on nerves)
  • Sprains (injury to the ligaments)
  • Whiplash (soft tissue injury to the neck)

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

Our experienced team of specialists works together to provide conservative care based on rehabilitation to ease pain, manage your condition, promote recovery, increase function and prevent reinjury.

There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • We offer you rehabilitation and other non-surgical treatments before considering a surgical option.
  • You have immediate access to expert surgical care, if needed, through collaboration with Ohio State Medical Center’s Comprehensive Spine Center
  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
  • Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

The Neck and Back Pain Rehabilitation Program offers rehabilitation services after you have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Following your physician’s referral, your rehabilitation may include:

  • Comprehensive evaluation
  • Diagnostic tests (X-rays, MRIs or other imaging)
  • Electromyography (EMG – a test that measures the electrical activity of muscles)
  • Nerve conduction studies (a test usually performed with EMG to determine if a nerve is functioning normally)
  • Patient education
  • Physical therapy (helps patients improve strength, mobility and fitness)
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit (a form of electrical stimulation that provides short-term pain relief)
  • Exercise programs
  • Aquatic therapy (rehabilitation exercises performed in a warm water therapeutic pool)
  • Occupational therapy (helps patients participate in activities of daily living)
  • Integrative medicine
    • Acupuncture (the practice of inserting thin needles into specific body points to improve health and well-being)
    • Chiropractic (hands-on therapy that involves spinal manipulation or adjustment)
    • Spine/tissue manipulation (techniques for manipulating the soft tissues of the back)
  • Massage (manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve health)
  • Recommendations regarding medication options
  • Pain management (care that alleviates or reduces pain)

Your Treatment Team

Your personalized treatment plan is implemented by a team of specialists who may include:

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians or physiatrists (specialize in helping people regain body functions lost due to medical conditions or injuries)
  • Neurosurgeons (specialize in surgery on the brain and other parts of the nervous system)
  • Orthopaedic surgeons (specialize in surgery for muscular and skeletal conditions)
  • Anesthesiologists (specialize in administering medication for pain relief)
  • Physical therapists with specialty training in spine care (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility) Occupational therapists (specialize in improving patients’ ability to complete activities of daily living)
  • Aquatic therapists (specialize in rehabilitation in a pool environment)

Care Locations

  • Ohio State’s Comprehensive Spine Center
         CarePoint East
         543 Taylor Ave., Suite 1229
         Columbus, OH 43203
         Phone: 614-688-6317
         Fax: 614-688-6318
         Hours: (M-F) 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
         Map and Directions

Additional Specialized Services

Your rehabilitation team may recommend a variety of other rehab services that may include:


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