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Strategic Orthopedics

Treatment for low back, middle back, neck, migraines, headaches and TMJ dysfunction

Strategic Orthopedics is a form of evaluation and treatment for the entire spine that uses the body's own natural motions to reduce pain over time. It allows the patient the power to control pain at home and be actively involved in the treatment process. People of all ages can benefit from this treatment technique.

What type of diagnoses can be treated with Strategic Orthopedics?

  • Upper, middle and low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches/Migraines, which can include:
    • Tooth pain
    • TMJ dysfunction
    • Stuffy ears
    • Ringing in the ears
    • Visual disturbances, such as blurred vision or watering of the eyes
    • Head pain

What happens during a strategic orthopedic therapy session?

At the initial evaluation, the physical therapist will:

  • Gather information about your pain
  • Ask questions about daily activities that are affected by pain
  • Have you perform a set of movements while monitoring the pain
  • Give a home exercise program made up of exercises to relieve pain
  • Give the patient the power to control pain at home and be actively involved in the treatment process

Follow up therapy sessions will include:

  • Monitoring the effectiveness of pain relieving exercises
  • Modification of posture, work and home environments
  • Strategic Orthopedic therapist will instruct you on a specific pain relieving exercise and gradually increase your exercises to improve your neck mobility

Other treatments may include:

  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Manual therapy
  • Traction
  • Taping
  • Strengthening exercises

Benefits from this method:

  • Improved symptoms or complete relief of symptoms
  • No gym required
  • Can be done anywhere
  • Self-directed and does not make you reliant on someone else to alleviate your symptoms

Did you know...

  • 40-70% of people will experience at least one episode of severe neck pain
  • Back pain is the second most common reason for a doctor's visit
  • 70-80% of people will experience at least one episode of low back pain
  • Back pain is the most common reason given for missing work

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For more information about the Strategic Orthopedics Program,
please contact:

Rice Rehabilitation Center
311 SW 3rd St.
Willmar, MN 56201

Lynn Stier, Director