The most common causes of spinal diseases are malalignments that have been acquired and/or muscular deficits. It is important to first detect these and then develop an individual aftercare concept based on this. In addition to the clinical examination, we also use muscle function analysis and photo-optical spine measurement, among other things.
Muscle Function Analysis
A specific, muscular spinal profile is created as part of this analysis – with the aim of testing the effectiveness of the back-stabilising musculature. This allows us to identify muscular imbalances and deficits, for example. This forms the basis for target-oriented muscular rehabilitation training.
The test consists of six different movement analyses of the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine. The spinal musculature is examined using a total of ten isometric maximum strength tests. The dynamic function and performance of your back is also analysed. All tests are carried out using specially developed devices.
A member of the rehabilitation team will be there to assist you for the entire duration of the tests – to instruct you on how to perform the tests correctly plus answer any questions you have and explain the test results to you.
The test results are presented to the treating doctor with whom you can discuss the necessary steps of targeted therapy. The examination takes about 60 minutes.
Photo-Optical Spine Measurement
In this procedure, the patient is not exposed to X-rays. The procedure is used to diagnose and monitor changes in shape along the entire spine. Among other things, the 3D measurement method allows shape abnormalities of the spine to be detected early. For example, scoliosis, vertebral body blockages, abnormal postures of the muscles, malalignments of extremities, pelvic torsions and differences in leg length can be detected. The results of this measurement are purposefully integrated into the treatment concept.
After a thorough clinical examination and detailed discussion about the objectives and methods of our examination, the patient is placed in front of a recording device. The device consists of a video camera and a projector that casts parallel measuring lines onto the surface of the patient’s back. With the help of the video camera, the surface of the back to be measured is visually recorded and the data set is fed to a computer that uses special software to provide a high-precision spatial representation of the surface of the patient’s body as well as the position and change in shape of the spine.
The extensive amount of specific data generated in this way, such as plumb line deviation of the spine, pelvic torsion, pelvic obliquity, kyphosis and lordosis angle, as well as lateral deviation and maximum rotation in the area of the spine, are recorded in measurement protocols.
Interventional 3D body statics measurement is a suitable link between diagnostics, clinical examination and radiological procedures (MRI, CT and X-ray). It provides data on the statics of our patients’ spine and is suitable for all age groups.
An individual rehabilitation concept is drawn up for each patient based on the medical treatment and tests that have been carried out. This concept may include muscle-stabilising procedures, manual therapy measures and physical therapy. The treating doctor also takes into account the individual possibilities, social situation and spatial conditions. We therefore cooperate with numerous physiotherapy practices and other rehabilitation facilities.