Rehabilitation Approaches to Spine Care: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Aquatic Therapy

  • Elliot W. YooEmail author
  • Eve Kennedy-Spaien
  • Mark Lueck


Chronic neck and back pain is a prevalent condition with profound implications for health-care costs, workplace productivity, and most importantly the general well-being of our patients. Spine care is complex and involves multiple members and facets of health care. Collaboration between these team members is critical to achieving the most optimal outcomes for patients with neck and back pain. Physical therapy, occupational therapy (OT), aquatic therapy, and the tools these treating teams have available to them can play an essential role in reducing pain and return to function. It is important for the referring physician to be aware of the different rehabilitative treatment approaches available to their patients. A truly interdisciplinary approach to spine care is difficult without having at least a basic understanding of the treatment tools available through each team member. We will attempt to bridge that gap in this chapter.


Physical therapy Occupational therapy Aquatic therapy Rehabilitation Interdisciplinary Back pain Neck pain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elliot W. Yoo
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Eve Kennedy-Spaien
    • 3
  • Mark Lueck
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain MedicineMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationSpaulding Rehabilitation HospitalMedfordUSA
  3. 3.Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Medford Outpatient CenterMedfordUSA
  4. 4.Spaulding Outpatient CenterMaldenUSA

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