The Southeastern Spine Institute

What Is Functional Rehabilitation?

Is It Physical Therapy on Steroids? Functional rehabilitation extends the traditional elements of physical therapy. By using exercises designed to imitate the movement patterns that you use in your day-to-day life, functional rehab restores proper movement patterns. It also improves the coordination between your nervous system and your muscles. Many spine experts recommend functional rehabilitation […]

When You Need a Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant

Chronic back pain is always there, forcing you to make concessions in your lifestyle, stopping you from fully enjoying your life. When no therapeutic treatment and no surgical procedure can stop the pain you feel, then it may be time to try a spinal cord stimulator implant. A spinal cord stimulator stops the pain signals […]

When to See a Spine Physician

Neglecting your back leads to a host of problems, from simple pain to infirmity. The muscles, ligaments, bones and discs in your back have phenomenal strength and durability, which allow you a full range of flexibility. The intricate arrangement enables you to: Walk Bend Sit Twist Lift heavy objects Maintain your posture Support body weight […]

Managing Chronic Back Pain

Low back pain is among the most common health complaints in the country. If you experience continuous back pain for three months or more, your pain is considered chronic. Chronic back pain can affect your productivity at work while also curtaining your daily activities. It’s also a major cause of disability. Chronic back pain can […]

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain

If you’ve hurt your shoulder since being quarantined at home, you’re not alone. Everyone has had to learn to get used to a new way of living. For the time being, it’s easy — and understandable — to slip into a sedentary lifestyle that may cause you to tweak your shoulder. Shoulder pain is a […]

Physical Therapy’s Role in Fighting Back Pain

Back pain, especially low back pain, is so ubiquitous in America that experts report about 90 percent of the population will suffer back pain to some degree in their lifetimes. Your back pain specialists at the Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) near Charleston, South Carolina, devote the majority of their practice to treating back pain in […]

TENS and Your Back

With more and more doctors reluctant to prescribe opiates for pain, a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit (TENS) has become an attractive option. TENS treatments also continue the trend toward healthier alternatives than opiates, which have proven addictive. At the Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI), your spine physician may recommend this pain-free alternative to pain medications […]

Alternatives to Opioids for Chronic Back Pain

By now, you must have heard of the opioid crisis. Doctors and drug companies are experiencing a backlash due to the quadrupled increase in opioid prescriptions between 1999 and 2014. The rampant use of these medications has done immeasurable physical, psychological and economic harm to this country. If you’re one of those experiencing back pain […]

Opioid Alternatives for Chronic Back Pain

There is hardly a person left in this country that hasn’t been touched by the opioid epidemic in some way. As more and more research concerning the dangers and dependence of opioid pain relievers continues to pour in, it’s no surprise that opioid alternatives are one of the hottest topics in the medical industry. Just […]

Pain Management at SSI

Living with pain isn’t easy, but one in four Americans think they have no other options. Often, the pain is misdiagnosed, leading to wrongful and addictive pain medications.  Understanding that there are several underlying reasons for your pain helps you better deal with it. And this is especially true for back pain, the most common […]