Neck and Back Strengthening Program
Specialized physical therapy for alleviating neck and back pain
Chronic neck and back pain can affect your entire life. It can keep you from your job, enjoying a drive or simply playing with your kids. But you don’t need to let chronic neck and back pain stop you from doing the things you love. Lasting relief starts with getting help from the physical therapists at TRIA Neck and Back Strengthening Program, formerly known as the Physicians Neck and Back Center (PNBC).
We specialize in treating the most difficult cases of neck and back pain. Our program works by creating a physical therapy plan that’s completely unique to you. We use the only FDA registered medical strengthening equipment proven to help you improve your spinal fitness and reduce pain without surgery.
With over 30 years of experience
How our Neck and Back Strengthening Program works
During your first visit, you’ll meet with one of our physical therapists. We’ll perform a physical exam, talk with you about your symptoms and ask questions about your medical history. Typically, we may recommend a spinal strength evaluation. During this evaluation, you’ll be seated in specialized equipment designed to safely isolate your muscles. We’ll ask you to use different muscles so we can measure your strength and get a better understanding of your overall spinal fitness.
If it turns out that you could benefit from this program, we’ll create a personalized physical therapy plan just for you. This plan will include specialized exercises that use medical-grade exercise equipment designed to target specific muscles that support your spine.
In most cases, you’ll have physical therapy twice a week for 6-12 weeks. During that time, you’ll get hands-on care and training from our physical therapy team. Then, you’ll transition to a home program. And if you want to keep using specialized exercise equipment, you may decide to join TRIA CORE.
TRIA CORE, formerly PNBC CORE, was created for people who have reached their goals with the TRIA Neck and Back Strengthening Program and would like to continue using specialized exercise equipment to help maintain their spinal strength. Maintaining spinal fitness can prevent back pain in the future. That way, you can work, play and live your life to the fullest.
With TRIA CORE, you’ll continue strength training and exercises tailored to your needs. TRIA CORE members usually do 20 to 30-minute strengthening sessions twice a week. Just like at a gym, members can use our exercise equipment without an appointment.
TRIA CORE members pay an out-of-pocket monthly membership fee – you may be able to use your flex spending account or medical savings account. You may also be able to get a wellness reimbursement through your insurer.
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Who can benefit from the Neck and Back Strengthening Program
This program focuses on helping people with continuous or recurring neck and back pain. If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be a good candidate for our program:
- Have you had neck or back symptoms for more than 12 weeks?
- Do you have any symptoms in your arms, hands, legs or feet?
- Have you had any similar symptoms in the past?
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
You’ll be exercising during your sessions, so it’s important to wear clothes you feel comfortable moving in. Remember to wear athletic shoes or bring a pair to change into. And, grab a water bottle so you can quench your thirst between exercises.
Please only bring the items you need for your session. We have hooks and cubbies for personal items, but we ask that you leave valuable items at home.
We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, PreferredOne and many others.
You can check with your insurance to see if your plan covers part or all of the services needed. Call the number on the back of your card for help looking at your options.
Don’t have your card in front of you? Here are member services numbers to help you get started:
- HealthPartners Medicare plans:
Visit our contact page
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota:
800-244-6224(insurance through work); 866-494-2111(insurance directly or through the Exchange)
763-847-4477(in the Twin Cities); 800-997-1750(outside the metro area)