Steps to Healing | UnityPoint Health - Peoria

Steps to Healing

Your Methodist Comprehensive Spine and Pain Center team will answer your questions and make sure you are comfortable with your treatment. We will guide you through the following steps to pain relief and greater function.

Your first physician visit: What to expect

Your first visit is a time for your pain doctor to get to know you, ask questions and review your medical history.

Your pain doctor will examine you and may order additional medical tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, X-ray, myelogram (special X-ray of your spinal cord), or bone scan. These tests can help determine exactly what is causing your pain. This is your first step to healing!

The first choice: Non-surgical options

Whenever possible, the first option for treatment will be non-surgical. Depending on your condition, your pain doctor will recommend which treatment is best for you.

Sometimes surgery is necessary

Sometimes, the nature of a condition will require surgery. Examples include severe arthritis, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal where the spinal cord and nerves pass through), herniated (bulging) cervical and lumber discs, spine fractures, tumors or deformities.

Becoming active again

Your physical therapist will help you rebuild strength, mobility and flexibility. You'll be trained in exercises and other methods that can get you back on your feet and enjoying life again.

Education and follow-up care

The more you know, the better able you will be to stay well. Our experienced, compassionate staff will help you understand your condition and teach you lifestyle changes that can help you prevent re-injury and pain.