About the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin SpineCare Program
We Know What Works
One of the benefits of being part of the area’s only academic medical center is that we know what works based on clinical research. Your individualized treatment program is based on evidence.
For example, research proves that for many people, non-invasive approaches such as appropriate exercise, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), ice, and avoiding bedrest can often relieve back and neck pain. We start with the most conservative approaches first. Surgery is an option for some patients, but it’s rarely the first treatment choice. In fact, most of our patients get better without surgery.
For employers, SpineCare can help keep health care costs down by reducing the risk of costly, productivity-reducing chronic spine problems.
The program also offers a competitive pricing model with defined treatment timelines. And, SpineCare’s quality is validated by the program’s outcomes.
The difference between SpineCare and other programs
Our team of specialists including physical medicine & rehabilitation, neurology, spine surgeons, chiropractors, physical & occupational therapists work together to determine what is the most appropriate comprehensive management for you.
As soon as the appropriate determinations have been made, treatment will begin. Your progress will be monitored carefully and changes in your treatment plan made by the team working together, rather than communication by mail and occasional telephone calls.
We want to help you improve and stay that way. Thus, we emphasize long term exercises, teach you how to prevent injuries, and how to protect your neck and back while doing what you want and need to do. We will ask that you complete a series of Health Questionnaires so we can measure your progress and share the results with you.
Throughout the program, if applicable, we will work with your employer, insurance company, and case manager to minimize the insurance and communication difficulties people often have in working through treatment of a back problem.
We want to help you return to your routine activities as soon and as safely as possible, all while promoting function and helping prevent long-term disability.
Getting help quickly for back and neck problems and learning proper self-help techniques are just two of the ways we work to prevent these problems from becoming chronic. Over the course of treatment, we continue to help our patients make the changes necessary to go about their daily lives safely and effectively.
The SpineCare program tracks and scores patients’ physical and emotional health conditions before and after their treatment. These scores reflect the outcome and quality of the care provided.
The bottom line is that our approach works. A majority of SpineCare patients continue in their daily activities to some extent during their treatment. And, the majority of patients entering the SpineCare program continue working throughout the program.