Spine care program

Statistics show that nearly 8 out of 10 people will experience a back disorder at some time in their life. Most are caused by a combination of cumulative trauma, poor posture, faulty body mechanics, stressful living and working habits, loss of flexibility and a general decline in physical fitness.

The incidence of back pain can be significantly reduced through correction and modification of these common causes of back pain and injury. Successful treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis by a physician. Treatment recommendations may include physical therapy.

Experienced staff

It's not unusual for a program to label their staff as "spine experts" based on interest or experience their clinicians may have in treating spine conditions.

At Aurora Rehabilitation Center, before our clinicians can earn spine expert designation, they must meet specific requirements in education, experience and demonstrated competencies. The Aurora Certified Spine Expert was developed because presently no certification of this type exists from any professional organization.

Aurora Certified Spine Expert Requirements

  • Minimum five years of orthopedic experience
  • Minimum 180 hours of continuing education focusing on spinal assessmentt, manual treatment skills and theory
  • Successful passing of a practice exam
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Level III Physical Therapist – most experienced staff level

Individualized treatment

In order to provide an individualized plan of care for each patient, a physical therapist performs an evaluation which includes the following:

  • Past medical history and history of current problem
  • Functional limitation including general activity and exercise tolerance
  • Musculoskeletal evaluation including:
    • Spinal mobility
    • Muscular imbalances of spine and extremities
    • Soft tissue dysfunction
    • Posture and body mechanics
  • Neurological screening
  • Patient goals for work and home-life

Comprehensive care provided

Our comprehensive treatment program staffed by physical therapists consists of one-on-one sessions that include:

  • Education on anatomy
  • Education on proper posture and body mechanics
  • Exercise instruction
  • Hands-on techniques including joint and spinal mobilization, soft tissue mobilization and muscle energy techniques to improve soft tissue and joint mobility
  • Functional re-training
  • Spinal stabilization
  • Referral to:
    • Smoking cessation
    • Dietary consult
    • Work program
    • Pain management program available

Locations offering this service

Brown County
Aurora BayCare and Orthopedic and Sports Center
1160 Kepler Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311
AuroraBayCare Health Center
2253 W Mason St
Green Bay, WI 54303
Aurora Bay Care Medical Center
2845 Greenbrier Rd
Green Bay, WI 54311
Door County
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
1449 Green Bay Rd
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
Fond du Lac County
Aurora Health Center
210 Wisconsin American Drive
Hwy. 23 East
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Manitowoc County
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
5000 Memorial Dr
Two Rivers, WI 54241
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
3821 Dewey St
Manitowoc, WI 54220
BayCare Clinic, LLP
501 N 10th St
Manitowoc, WI 54221
Marinette County
Aurora Health Center
4061 Old Peshtigo Road
Marinettte, WI 54143
Milwaukee County
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
3738 S. 60th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53220
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
Health Science 1, Suite 500
2901 W. Kinnickinnic River Pkwy.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
2000 E. Layton Ave., Suite 160
St. Francis, WI 53235
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
9200 W. Loomis Road, Suite 107
Franklin, WI 53132
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 N. 12th Street, 4th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Aurora Sports Medicine Institute
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 N. 12th Street, 1st Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora St. Luke's South Shore
5900 S. Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110
Aurora Advanced Healthcare
3003 W. Good Hope Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Ozaukee County
Aurora Sports Medicine Institute
1249 W. Liebau Rd.
Mequon, WI 53092
Aurora Rehabilitation Center/Aurora Sports Medicine Institute
Aurora Medical Center – Grafton
975 N. Port Washington Road
Grafton, WI 53024
Sheboygan/Calumet County
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
2414 Kohler Memorial Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
2629 N. 7th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53083
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
2640 N. 6th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53083
Washington County
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Health Center
1640 E. Sumner St.
Hartford, WI 53027
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Health Center
1048 E. Commerce Blvd.
Slinger, WI 53086
Aurora Rehabilitation Center/Aurora Sports Medicine Institute
1100 Gateway Ct.
West Bend, WI 53095
Waukesha County
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Health Center
W231 N1440 Corporate Court
Waukesha, WI 53186
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
St. Luke's New Berlin Health Care Center
14555 W. National Ave., Suite 195
New Berlin, WI 53151
Aurora Rehabilitation Center/Aurora Sports Medicine Institute
Aurora Medical Center in Summit
36500 Aurora Dr.
Summit, WI 53066
Waushara County
Aurora Health Center
900 E. Division Street
Wautoma, WI 54982
Winnebago County
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Medical Center
855 N. Westhaven Drive
Oshkosh, WI 54904
Aurora Rehabilitation Center
712 Doctors Court
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Aurora Health Center
1136 Westowne Drive
Neenah, WI 54956

To make a referral to Aurora's Spine Program, indicate "PT Spine Program, Evaluate and Treat."