The Physical Therapy team at Spine Nevada and Swift Urgent Clinic has experience in treating spine as well as
musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, orthopedic and sports injuries, vestibular and balance
disorders, and pre / post-therapy for spine and joint surgeries. The physical
therapists collaborate with providers of Spine Nevada and Swift Urgent Clinic to help each patient find pain
relief and return to more active lifestyles.
In addition to special exercise equipment and devices geared for physical rehabilitation, the physical
therapists can reference a virtual Exercise Library that enables them to customize a Home Exercise Program
for each patient. Exclusively at Spine Nevada is the Salaso Remote Physical Therapy program. This
online exercise program allows you to access your home exercise program online 24/7. The
prescribed exercise program is customized for the individual. In this program, you'll be able to submit effort,
pain, and activity levels for each exercise performed.
Lastly, because Spine Nevada and Swift Urgent Clinic are part of a multi-disciplinary group, this is
an advantage over other physical therapy clinics in that the physical therapists have immediate access
to physical medicine and rehabilitation MDs, interventional radiology MDs, and
fellowship-trained spine surgeons since they are within the same center. This team of spine surgeons, nonsurgical
specialty physicians and physical therapists can quickly conference and resolve questions and issues
that may arise, without you having to wait several weeks for an appointment with an outside physician.
This tight communication loop between patient, provider and physical therapist, represents a critical
advantage that speeds the patient along to recovery faster than the outside physical therapy clinics that
must communicate by phone or mail to those involved in the treatment process. At SpineNevada and Swift,
everything is within one center for the benefit of the patient.
Generalized Therapy vs. Spine-Specialized
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One of the key features that sets SpineNevada apart from
other clinics that treat back and neck pain is its spine-specialized
therapy department. Patients will be connected with a physical therapist
who has advanced training in techniques for spine. Torrey C. Schweickert, PT, MSPT, Megan Worthen, PT, DPT, Matt Kimber, PT, DPT, Michelle Forman, PT, DPT, Hannah Randazzo, PT, DPT, and Alexandra Gerlach, PT, DPT of Spine Nevada have skills and techniques that are specifically
oriented at relieving back and neck pain.
Please click here to learn more about and also access Spine Nevada's remote Physical Therapy web portal. If you do not have an account already, please contact Spine Nevada Physical Therapy at 775-348-8885 to request an account.
The only way to permanently relieve pain involves changing the
physiology of the back by using exercise to make it stronger,
more flexible and resistant to injury. While a general physical
therapist may spend weeks attempting to mask pain using heat,
ice or ultrasound, research has shown that using these passive
treatments is not the best way to return someone to activity efficiently.
This general physical therapist often sees a wide variety of patients
each day who suffer problems related to sore elbows, knees or
shoulders. General physical therapists typically have a very limited
understanding of the best ways to treat specific types of back
problems. At best, they may have taken a couple courses on therapy
for a back or neck injury.
On the other hand, a spine-specialized therapist’s
primary goal is to enable the patient to perform a customized
home exercise program as early as their first visit. The therapist’s
second goal is to make the patient independent of therapy within
a short period of time.
Instead of receiving a general treatment approach, at SpineNevada, your
therapist has specialized training in treating back and neck pain. These therapists
have advanced, hands-on skills that can help relieve your pain and get
your injured muscles, tissues and spinal structures moving again. Instead
of a single school of thought, patients can access specialists with
a variety of skills who can match the best treatments to your particular
Manual therapy relates to the use of a therapist’s hands
to achieve pain relief. By using specific techniques, the spine
therapist can relieve pain through hands-on movements applied
to vertebrae and soft tissue areas. This is achieved not passively,
with a modality such as ice or heat, but through actively moving
the joints and tissues. Spine-specialized therapy can involve
techniques taught by schools including Paris, Ola Grimsby,
Cyriax and the Maitland therapy school in Australia.
A manual therapist’s background typically begins
with physical therapy training, followed by advanced education in spine
that sets them apart from general physical therapists. This specialized
education can be within a host of manual therapy philosophies, each
involving unique pain-relieving techniques that help patients return
to function as quickly as possible. Regardless of the particular school
of thought, the best spine therapists avoid the use of passive modalities,
which do not provide permanent relief.
A. The physical therapy team at Spine Nevada invests additional time during the new patient visits to ensure we develop a customized and effective therapy program for each patient. In addition to an exercise regimen, patients at Spine Nevada will receive manual therapy that can help with restoring mobility, improving motor control, reducing pain, and improving efficiency of movement. Patients at Spine Nevada also receive one on one attention from our physical therapy team throughout the visit. We have experienced physical therapy aides that support the physical therapists in clinic.
A. At other clinics with
general therapists, you may have laid on a table, while someone put
hot packs or ice on your back. Or your therapy may have included other
passive things like ultrasound. Or you may have had a massage. The insurance
companies who pay for back care have done extensive research on things
that relieve back pain — for the long term — and they now
have policies that eliminate payment to clinics doing “palliative
care.” The word “palliative” means something that
feels good, but doesn’t cure anything.
So while a massage or hot pack may feel good, it doesn’t
provide any lasting change to the soft tissues in your back or neck.
The effect on your symptoms is temporary, and in a sense, worthless
because it doesn’t last, and your pain will return.
Nationally, the best spine treatment clinics avoid passive
things like hot packs, ice and massage. Instead, specialized clinics
emphasize things that strengthen the back, make it more flexible and
resistant to injury. In other words, Spine Nevada emphasizes specialized spine techniques, stretches and exercises that will help you
recover from injury without having to resort to surgery.
At the foundation of spine therapy is the philosophy
of helping the patient to take responsibility for their own health.
We will show you the special exercises that are customized for you.
By using this customized series of stretches, you have the resources
you need back at home to control your back or neck pain symptoms long
It is important to note, however,
that any time you have symptoms that involve radiating pain or numbness
into a leg or arm, consider these serious emergency symptoms that need
to be seen by a spine surgeon or spine physiatrist to determine if they
are worsening, or if they can be managed with therapy. If you ignore
these symptoms, such symptoms can cause permanent nerve damage. Another
emergency symptom is any loss of control of bowel or bladder.
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