Spine Rehabilitation

More than 80% of adults experience some form of back pain that will limit their ability to perform daily activities at home, at work or at leisure. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and accounts for $$ in lost wages and productivity. Back pain can be caused by injury, trauma or degeneration as a person ages. It can be dull or sharp, intermittent or constant. But for those who suffer from back pain, it can be a debilitating, frustrating and difficult condition to deal with.

Kessler's Spine Rehabilitation Program focuses on providing manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, postural correction exercises and functional training to help alleviate pain and restore function. Patient education, a key component of this program, emphasizes proper posture and body mechanics to prevent re-injury.

Our Approach

At Kessler, our interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation specialists focuses on individual needs and rehabilitation goals. We understand that each patient brings a unique set of symptoms. Pain may occur when sitting, standing, walking and/or going about daily chores. Pain may be in the lower back and/or or extend into the legs. Some may also experience numbness or tingling in the leg or foot. And whether your pain is short-term or more chronic in nature, we will work closely with you and tailor your treatment accordingly.


Patients will receive a thorough evaluation from a Kessler physiatrist, a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Our orthopedic physical therapists work closely with our physicians to develop and implement an individualized physical therapy treatment program. Treatment may include:

  • McKenzie-based treatment for neck and back pain
  • Lumbar stabilization/core strengthening
  • Stretching and flexibility exercises
  • Progressive lower extremity strengthening exercises
  • Manual Therapy and mobilization techniques
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Pilates exercises
  • Postural exercises and training
  • Body mechanics and functional training

In addition, your physician may prescribe medications or perform fluoroscopically-guided selective spinal injections that can help to diagnose and treat the spinal pain generator. Other services available include functional capacity evaluations/work hardening and pain management, including both diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injection procedures.

Technology & Research

At Kessler, you'll find both the proven therapies and latest technologies to help address your pain. In addition, the physicians and therapists of our rehabilitation team are actively involved in a wide range of research studies that may offer new avenues of treatment for individuals with low back pain.


Studies have shown that a highly integrated program of care, like that offered at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, is more likely to resolve an individuals symptoms than if treatment is administered in isolation.