What if you had an ‘unprecedented’ treatment for your back?
What if the NFL had an entire facility dedicated to treating your back pain and keeping you out of the worst of the pain and injuries?
What if it was like the Cleveland Clinic?
What if you could go to any one of these places and be treated for your backs injuries?
That’s the goal of a group of orthopedic surgeons and trainers at the Orthopedic Clinic at the University of Alberta.
It’s called the University Orthopedics Group and it’s trying to develop a treatment for chronic back pain called the ‘Glenora’ program.
The orthopedics team at the university has been studying the best treatments for chronic and traumatic injuries for a long time.
They’ve developed a protocol that involves a range of things, including exercise, massage, chiropractic therapy and even some kind of chiropractorship.
“The whole goal is to try and reduce the incidence of injuries and the incidence and severity of back pain,” says Dr. Robert Clements, who heads the orthopedical team at UO.
“We’re trying to get people to feel good and get them back to their sport.”
Clements is a professor in the department of medicine at UOs medical school.
He’s spent the last 10 years developing the protocol and working with doctors to develop the treatment.
He says he’s received thousands of submissions from people who’ve had back surgery.
“The average age is about 25 and there are many cases where people are in their 60s and 70s and the average age of a patient is around 70.
It has been a challenge for us to get them to participate,” Clements says.
“And they’re not only people that are going to come back and be back to the game, they’re also people that may not be in the sport anymore.”
The ‘Glensorona’ program is part of a larger plan for the orthopaedics group to develop treatments for sports injuries.
The idea is to bring back people who may have had injuries and get some of them back playing, helping to slow the decline in health in people who might have a lower level of fitness.
Clements says the program is a way to get back to what he calls the ‘natural’ level of the game.
“People don’t see what we are looking for and so when they see that, they can go back to that natural level and start enjoying their sports again,” he says.
For now, the goal is just to see if people can participate in the program.
And for that, the University has $50,000 in the bank.
“We’re really happy with the progress we’ve made and the number of people who have gone through this and been able to participate and feel good about their injuries,” Cools says.
If you want to find out more about the University orthopedically group and their research, you can do a Google search.