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Regional Spine & Back Pain Center

One out of every three people will suffer chronic pain at some point in their lives. Some will believe their pain is just part of the aging process. But if you suffer from acute, chronic pain that interferes with your enjoying life, there is help.

At Mercy, our Regional Spine & Back Pain Center emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to treating acute and chronic neck and back pain and spine disorders and diseases. Our multidisciplinary team of spine specialists is dedicated to relieving pain, restoring function, teaching self-management, and giving every patient every opportunity to experience less pain and more life.

Each service offers the latest evidence-based treatments and therapies.  Spine & Back Pain Center patients utilize some or all of the services, depending on the individual's need.  Regardless of how many services are used, patients experience a consistent dedication to spine pain and diseases, specialization in spine treatments, and emphasis on evidence-based treatments and self-management education and promotion.

Our services include:

  • Spine Physical Therapy
  • Spine Occupational Therapy
  • Interventional Pain Management Clinic
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop
  • Neurodiagnostic Testing

For more information about the Regional Spine & Back Pain Center services or referral process, please call (319) 861-7747.

Spine Physical Therapy

Back and neck pain can affect your quality of life – everything from the activities you enjoy, work – even sleeping. Mercy's Spine Physical Therapy is a non-invasive treatment option to overcoming that pain so you can live pain-free and learn to manage your condition over time.

Our spine physical therapy specializes in therapy for all types of neck and back patients. Our therapists have advanced training and certification in the McKenzie Method of therapy.

The McKenzie Method is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education to help patients with back, neck and extremity problems. The program seeks to reduce pain and deformity, maintain the reduction with education and posture advice, restore full function and prevent recurrences.

This method includes three basic steps to success:

  1. Assessment – thorough history and testing of movements to identify distinct patterns of pain responses.
  2. Treatment – the basis of McKenzie treatment takes advantage of the patient's own movements and forces to abolish the pain and restore function through a series of individualized exercises subsequent to the patient's responses during the assessment.
  3. Preventative Strategy – Most patients who respond favorably can successfully treat themselves when provided the necessary knowledge and tools that put him/her in control of their treatment.

Spine Occupational Therapy

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Our occupational therapists evaluate function, teach methods – and recommends helpful devices – for completing activities of daily living while managing pain and avoiding re-injury. 

Therapy and education may include discussion about work environment ergonomics, if appropriate.  In addition, spine occupational therapy may be incorporated into a patient's traditional physical therapy session.

Interventional Pain Management Clinic

We can help you manage your pain. We understand chronic pain and how debilitating it can be. We know that, if left unaddressed, chronic pain can worsen over time.

As the only American Academy of Pain Management accredited facility in Iowa, Mercy's Pain Management clinic features the latest equipment and procedures used to treat many types of pain. Our Pain Management Services team includes caring, experienced nurses and physicians who carefully evaluate each patient's condition to determine the appropriate treatment.

The team provides consultations and appropriate treatment for patients suffering from acute, chronic and/or cancer pain. The information, guidance and treatment we offer can help patients better manage and control their pain.

We offer a variety of treatments, including narcotic and non-narcotic medications, injections and permanently-implanted devices. Our patients suffer from a variety of conditions, including:

  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Neuralgias
  • Shingles
  • Cancer
  • Complex regional or myofascial pain syndromes

Patients must have a physician referral for an appointment with Pain Management Services. Most of our services are on an outpatient basis, but we also offer some inpatient care. Our clinic on the 4th floor of Mercy Medical Center is private, easily-accessible and confidentiality is ensured. For more information, call (319) 398-6636.

Neurodiagnostic Testing

EEG and EMG services are available within the Spine and Back Pain Center.  These tests check for conditions of the central nervous system and the health of the muscles and the nerves that control the muscles.  A physician referral is required.

If you have any questions, please call (319) 861-7743. Scheduling can be done by Mercy Centralized Scheduling: (319) 861-7778

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Mercy Medical Center
701 10th Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Level 4

Park at the North end of Level 3 in the ramp at 8th Street & 8th Avenue. Take the "C" elevators to the 4th floor.

Phone Number:
(319) 398-6636

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday