Spine Physical Therapy in New York

The spine, also known as the vertebral column or backbone, is a complex structure consisting of 24 vertebrae and several other supporting structures. It is a vital part of the body, providing protection to the spinal cord, which is responsible for transmitting signals between the brain and the rest of the body. The spine also plays a crucial role in supporting the head and neck, allowing for trunk motion and dispersing forces to the lower extremities.

Contact the professionals at Lifestyle Physical Therapy today to schedule an appointment for spine physical therapy in New York City and Huntington. 

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Function of the Spine

The spine serves several important functions, including:

  • Protecting the spinal cord: The spine encases and protects the spinal cord, which is responsible for transmitting signals between the brain and the rest of the body.
  • Supporting the head and neck: The cervical spine supports the weight of the head and allows for neck motion.
  • Allowing for trunk motion: The thoracic and lumbar spine allow for forward and backward bending, twisting, and side-to-side movement.
  • Dispersing forces to the lower extremities: The spine distributes the weight of the body to the hips and lower extremities.

Common Spinal Injuries

While the spine is a strong and resilient structure, it can become compromised and result in pain and dysfunction. Some of the most common spinal injuries include:

  • Degenerative disc disease: This is a condition in which the intervertebral discs break down over time, leading to pain and decreased mobility.
  • Disc herniation: A disc herniation occurs when the soft center of an intervertebral disc pushes through the outer layer, causing pain and nerve irritation.
  • Spinal stenosis: This is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
  • Spondylolisthesis: This is a condition in which one vertebra slips forward on another, causing pain and nerve irritation.
  • Myelopathy: This is a condition in which the spinal cord is compressed, leading to weakness, numbness, and tingling.
  • Radiculopathy: This is a condition in which a nerve root is compressed, leading to pain and numbness in the affected area.
  • Sciatica: This is a condition in which the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down to the legs, is compressed or irritated, leading to pain and numbness in the affected area.
  • Osteophytes/bone spurs: These are bony growths that can develop on the vertebrae, leading to pain and decreased mobility.
  • Compression fracture: This is a type of fracture that occurs when a vertebra collapses, leading to pain and decreased mobility.
  • Scoliosis: This is a condition in which the spine curves to the side, leading to pain and also decreased mobility.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does spinal physical therapy take to show results?

Every patient's journey is unique, and the duration of spinal physical therapy varies depending on factors such as the severity of your condition, your adherence to the treatment plan, and your body's response to therapy. Our team will work with you to establish realistic expectations and milestones along the way.

Is spinal physical therapy painful?

While some discomfort may be experienced during certain exercises or manual techniques, spinal physical therapy should not be excessively painful. Our therapists prioritize your comfort and safety throughout the treatment process, and we will adjust our approach as needed to ensure a positive experience.

Contact our team at Lifestyle Physical Therapy in New York and Huntington, Long Island for more information about treating any conditions affecting your spine by calling (212) 577-9313.

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  • "Nice & Knowledgeable"
    I came to see him with a knee and both shoulders at the beginning of 2022. He is also a very great and nice person, so the PT hour flies very fast.
    - RK.
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    Matt worked with me three times a week with enthusiasm, confidence, and skill. His attitude and energy was key motivator to my success in reaching my goal.
    - Daniel K.
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    He has really helped me with my back pain and overall I have had a great experience. He is very knowledgeable, friendly, and really cares about his patients.
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    He pays attention to everything you tell him and provides a therapy schedule that gets you back up and running as well as new.
    - Andrew W.
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    If you are not comfortable with some exercises, he will update them to your needs, I really like that. The physical therapy place is very clean and if you are lucky you will get to meet his adorable dog.
    - Danny K.
  • "Highly Recommend"
    In my opinion, what really sets Matthew apart is his ability to pay attention to the individual and understand each person's idiosyncratic needs. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
    - Azi E.
  • "Truly Cares"
    Time goes by so fast during every appointment! He also has his therapy pup in the office sometimes, and he's an absolute lovebug! Highly recommended!
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  • "Very Honest"
    He was also the first one to say maybe it's time to decrease the sessions to once a week and then every other week once he felt that I was really on the mend. I cannot say anything other than anyone who is in pain and/or needs physical therapy should see D
    - Nick A.