UI Hospitals and Clinics

Spine Rehabilitation Program

The UI Spine Rehabilitation Program teaches patients who have chronic back or neck pain how to improve their quality of life without invasive surgery or excessive medications.

Research has shown that non-surgical treatments can be highly effective in reducing chronic pain related to spine injuries or diseases. We use an integrated care approach that includes health education, physical conditioning, mind-body awareness, and career guidance in a holistic rehabilitation process.

Our multidisciplinary team has the expertise to show you how to

  1. Become — and stay — more physically active
  2. Use conditioning, fitness, and relaxation to help manage and reduce pain
  3. Take medication safely and appropriately
  4. Develop psychological skills for coping with stress and pain
  5. Search for jobs that match your abilities and fit your lifestyle

Since 1985, the UI Spine Rehabilitation Program has helped hundreds of patients manage chronic back or neck pain and enjoy an active life.

Our Program

The UI Spine Rehabilitation Program is designed for patients who have felt chronic pain for four months or longer and are

  1. Not candidates for surgery
  2. Interested in using self-care to take control of pain management
  3. Willing to reduce their use of prescription pain medication

Participants meet with the Spine Rehabilitation Team for two weeks, Monday through Friday, in a group setting. Our spine-care experts will assess your condition, review your medications, and help you devise a personalized set of treatment goals.

Our team includes physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, physical therapists, a clinical health psychologist, and other staff trained in the latest techniques for helping people with back and neck pain improve their daily functionality.

A typical day includes:

  • Movement therapy
    Stretch and warm up, using a routine created specifically for people with spine pain.
  • Education
    Join lectures and discussions on issues related to the spine and how pain mechanisms work.
  • Conditioning
    Sample a wide range of cardiovascular and strength exercises to help you design your own at-home workout to increase muscle flexibility, strength, and endurance.
  • Training in coping skills
    Discover the links between stress and pain, and discover relaxation techniques and other mind-body approaches that can help you reduce and manage your pain.
  • Counseling to return to recreational or work activities
    Explore your career interests and goals, and learn skills to use if you need to search for a new job.

Care Team

Orthopedic Physicians

Clinical Psychologist

Nurse Practitioner

Physician Assistant