What is it?

The back and neck programme is available for patients with chronic lower back or neck pain. Patients who have undergone back or neck surgery can join the programme too. The programme consists of a theoretical component about the anatomy and ergonomics of the spinal column, and a practical component to give the patient insight into their symptoms and their possible causes.

It is clear from the literature that theoretical education alone is insufficient to achieve a (long-term) effect. That is why we provide individual treatments where a physical therapist tackles limited range of movement and motor control. Individual or group exercise and exercise therapy bring added value to the rehabilitation of back and neck patients. The objective is to achieve progressive development towards an active life style despite back pain, and/or starting/resuming of sport activities.

Treatment procedure

Consultation rehabilitation physician: first time

Before starting back rehabilitation, you will consult a rehabilitation physician who, together with you, determines the trajectory and monitors it. The rehabilitation physician communicates with the GP, the advising clinician of the insurance fund and potentially the occupational health physician. In addition, the physician also takes care of administrative matters relating to reimbursement.

Intake interview and multidisciplinary meeting

At a subsequent occasion, an intake interview is conducted by a physical therapist and occupational therapist. The physical therapist takes a history (i.e. a conversation about your medical history) and examines you. On the other hand, the occupational therapist focuses on problems that present themselves in daily activities. This is followed by a multidisciplinary meeting that is also attended by the rehabilitation physician and the psychologist. Your individual programme and objectives are drawn up jointly by the different disciplines.

Spinal column classes and relaxation

To know your own body and treat it with respect, it is important to obtain insight into the anatomy of your spinal column. When you keep your body’s anatomy in mind, many tips in relation to lying down, sitting and standing will appear obvious. It is also of importance to learn to lift and lower objects. Each class will be about one subject and will offer the opportunity to try out ergonomic back and neck tools. The final class will introduce you to relaxation.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is individual outpatient rehabilitation. Patients are seen by the department after being referred by the GP, specialist or rehabilitation physician. They determine the required frequency and the number of treatments. Manual therapy is supplemented by specific exercises and exercises at home. On the basis of the patient interview and examination, an individual treatment plan is drawn up and treatment is started according to personal objectives.

Core 1 and 2

Individual treatment is followed by group sessions, which focus on the following:

  • Optimising mobility: building up mobility exercises, exercises to relearn confidence to move.
  • Optimising stability: building up stability exercises: making exercises more difficult by increasing instability of the base or by carrying out exercises with one arm or leg. Repetitions and duration are also increased further.
  • Improving functionality: doing the exercises in a more functional position.
  • Increasing fitness: fitness is increased further on cardio machines.

Consultation rehabilitation physician: second and third time

A whole trajectory including individual and group sessions has already been followed. To ensure good follow-up, you will visit the rehabilitation physician after three and six months.

Completion

After core 1 and 2, patients are moved up to an advanced group. This is a once-weekly training programme on Wednesday or Saturday mornings. You may follow this programme up to one year after starting (the time of your intake interview).

How do I register?

You can register by contacting the secretariat of the Rehabilitation Centre by telephone:

If you are unable to attend the therapy (core stability 1 and 2) for any reason, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance by telephone on 09 246 99 02.

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Latest publication date: 05/02/2021