How it works
6 Week Online Course95% efficacy rate for compliant patients
Live Spine CoachTrained rehab experts guiding your progress daily
Physician OversightConsultation with doctor and MRI review when needed
Custom ProgramsEach program is personalized to your individual abilities, goals and strength
Progress TrackingDaily monitoring and changes made to exercise regimen
EducationCondition specific content
SpineZone has partnerships with multiple major health systems and health plans focused specifically on back pain management.
We have got over 500 positive reviews.
“I first injured my back at age 12. I am now 72, which means for 60 years I have had some form of back pain. I used exercises from many programs all those years and this helped maintain my back. However as age set in, my back did not repair itself as easily as in my younger years.
I am a very active senior, so I relied on chiropractic care to keep my back in place plus my normal exercises. I found that neither of these modalities were helping once I became a grandmother and the lifting of a little one who was gaining weight daily was beginning to really incapacitate my life. It was painful and expensive and I knew I had to do something else and I was not willing to have surgery which had been suggested to me many times.
Then I found SpineZone as many of my friends were using their services. And then I found SpineZone Online and I could communicate with my 'coach' and do my exercises at home. I didn't have much faith at the beginning, but I kept at it. Part of the reason was that the program is set up in such a way that I progressed slowly but relief was not instant. I don't know what I would have done without this program as I am now pain free.
It took a while, but have faith, become dedicated to the program and you too can feel so much better. While reading their book Take Back Control by Dr. Raiszadeh, I found the perfect quote for how this program has been for me: "Patients benefit enormously when there is a culture of close collaboration."
Even though I had one coach, I felt there was a collaboration of many people behind the scene who had figured this out without having patients on drugs or suggesting surgery. My coach was especially patient and understanding. I could talk to her through the Internet daily about my progress. She and the program stuck with me for weeks and weeks until I got out of the woods.
I learned more than the exercises in the program and one of those is not to catastrophize which is thinking that this will never change and going down the rabbit hole of depression and anxiety. Having the exercises available to me at home and the back up encouragement of my coach meant everything to me. I recommend this program now to all my friends as it has helped me so much. I continue to do the exercises daily as I know it is imperative to my health. This is a program that you continue to embrace as you age or engage in different activities. I highly recommend SpineZone.“
“Not able to bend over to tie my shoes in the morning due to back pain, I was astonished to be able to do Roman back extensions a mere 6 weeks later. I had never been able to put that kind of strain on my back.
Plagued with back pain from osteoarthritis for the past 30 years, I had tried all non-surgical options. My physical therapist had worked with me for months on core strengthening but, as good as his program was, I found it too complicated and too hard to do on a daily basis, so I never could keep up with it.
When my insurance company encouraged me to try SpineZone, a program they found to work to reduce the need for surgery, physical therapy and opioids (and therefore their cost), I thought why not give it a try. As I did not live in the region where there were SpineZone centers, I did the online program.
After a phone interview with my coach, Sarah, a program was designed for me. I found the daily exercises easy to do and they did not take that long to do – this was huge for me because trying to fit in a lengthy workout every day had never worked for me. First, I thought the program was too easy. It turned out, however, that it started out easy and changed the exercises regularly, increasing the intensity as I slowly became stronger. As exercises were too easy or too hard, I would contact Sarah and she would change things and answer all my questions. Receiving an email daily reminding me to go SpineZone website and do the exercises made me accountable, something I had trouble doing on my own. At the end of the program, I found myself in the habit of exercising every day.
Along with daily exercises, SpineZone monitored my pain level and how I was working towards my personal goal established in my phone interview with Sarah. I have continued to do the exercises I was taught by SpineZone since stopping the program and am able to do things such as lifting and jumping that I was not able to do for the past 30 years. As a result of working on my core and back, the side effect was to improve function of my other arthritic joints, including my neck and knees.
Frequently, there were short, written lessons online about the back, back pain, habits, and our responses to pain. I found this very easy to understand and very helpful. As a university human anatomy instructor, I understand the anatomy of the back, yet learned much about the functional anatomy related to back disease. My understanding of our individual responses to pain really improved and changed the way I think of my pain.
I also was provided a copy of Take Back Control by Kamshad Raiszadeh, MD, an originator of SpineZone Program. The book added much background knowledge to help me understand how to treat the whole person and develop an integrated program for my future. Unlike so many books on back pain that I have read in the past, this is an easy read and uses patient stories to make his points. It is not technical and really is spine surgeon’s guide to cure pain without surgery.
I could not be happier that I participated in SpineZone – it has literally changed my life. I thank the doctors who developed the program and my coach, Sarah, for her help guiding me through the program, as well as my insurance company who recommended the program.“
“I was referred to SpineZone by my doctor after having lower back pain for a few months that was seriously impacting my life in every way. I wasn’t sure what this program was at first and wondered if an online physical therapy program would work for me. Now that I’m a successful graduate of the program, I can honestly say it was a great experience. I not only had the opportunity to do my exercises when it fit my schedule, I had personalized help from Coach Sarah, who kept in touch with me throughout the program and suggested additional stretches and other modifications that were tailored to my needs. This program is more than exercises, though. It provides education on anatomy, posture, nutrition, stress reduction, and other important information that can help you heal and then help you to continue to be healthy. Another terrific note about this program is that I wasn’t just kicked loose when I graduated. I still have access to the lessons and all the home exercises so I can continue to stay healthy and able to do the things I want to do! Even better, I can still reach out to Coach Sarah with any questions I might have. That’s so awesome! Thank you Coach Sarah and SpineZone!“
“SpineZone has helped me tremendously! The online coaching is great, you can do the exercises anytime, and you can talk to anyone at the office anytime.“
“SpineZone has given me my life back“
“SpineZone keeps me in shape and I look better now than when I worked out 7 days a week“
“SpineZone has a very interactive team approach. I like the methodology of the physical therapists. They work holistically on the whole body.“
“This is the first program that's ever helped me. The pain in my legs is gone. SpineZone is very well directed and precise in the way they direct you to strengthen your spine. It's helped me immeasurably.“
“I rolled into my first SpineZone appointment in a wheelchair. Three months later I was snorkeling in Mexico! Coming to SpineZone is like being with an extremely qualified NASCAR pit crew, for your body! I've got my life back.“
“Since I'm into natural therapy, I'm very happy I chose SpineZone. It's allowed me to resume all the activities I love like sailing and skiing.“
“Thank you and your staff for the excellent direction and conditioning advice you gave me during my 6 week program. I am amazed how well i feel due to your guidance. I can do things now that I couldn't do before I was directed to SpineZone by Dr. Zack Fellows. Again thanks, for all your help and guidance thru the past 6 weeks..i am truly thankful. And yes.. I will continue to do the stretching exercises as you suggested.“
“I've had upper back and shoulder / neck pain for the past 10 years and tried everything from chiropractic, acupuncture, frequent massages, physical therapy etc to fix it but none has been able to give me long-term relief. When I tried SpineZone Online, I was able to experience a remarkable decrease in pain within just 2-3 weeks of daily exercise and posture correction. I love that SpineZone inculcates daily exercise routines over 6 weeks because it helps me develop a healthy habit that is sustainable over the long-term, and also gives me tools that I can leverage to get me back into shape if my pain comes back. The coach function was also highly effective in keeping me accountable to stick to my routines; Megan was always there to guide me and made sure I understand how every exercise works. Also, I was able to communicate any difficulty in executing the program and adjust my routines to fit my travel schedules. In short, I highly recommend anyone with back pain to give SpineZone a try. Seeing a chiro, masseuse or acupuncturist may give you temporary relief but won't help you fix your issues in the long run. SpineZone has made me realize that the best investment I can make in myself is to be self aware of how my daily habits and actions can directly result in reducing my pain and that the power for change lies in getting the right education, being self-discipline and having a good coach / program to follow.“
“The SpineZone Online program has made a big impact on my life. Before, I was pretty hopeless about ever being pain free and resigned to just being “old” and limited in my activity. Now, I’m amazed at how often I actually have no pain at all! The education included in the program was especially important to me, making it a comprehensive health program, not just more physical therapy. The online aspect of the program made it so convenient and doable. I could participate from my own home, and my coach was always available if I needed her. I now have hope that I can continue to improve my scoliosis and that I will never need surgery again!“
“Recently I saw a fellow elder as she struggled to walk from the parking lot into a Trader Joe’s. Her back was humped and she was markedly bent over from her waist and hips. She moved slowly and stiffly and her face reflected the enormity of the effort she was making to walk. I wanted to speak to her, but she was gone before I finished loading my purchases into the car. I look around for her when I go back to Trader Joe’s, but haven’t seen her again. This is what I want to tell her: I know how it feels to be too weak and stiff to stand up straight. Walking like that feels like every muscle in your body is stressed and they are shortly aching with tiredness. You can’t go far or remain standing for very long and can’t wait to get back to your car. You can’t lift or carry anything without being pulled over even further and you can’t see what’s on the higher shelves without turning your head sideways. Even if you figure out what’s there you can’t reach up to get an item. You are soon exhausted and glad to go home with just half of the things on your list. I would tell her that I looked just like her 8 weeks ago, and I know I don’t look very straight now, but I can reach the high shelves, finish my list, stand in lines and get back to my car without being exhausted. Most of most days my head feels like it’s relatively over my spine and my spine feels like it’s mostly over my legs. It’s amazing how much easier moving around is that way. I started SpineZone 9 weeks ago. I have been to 2 physiatrists, 4 physical therapists and 1 chiropractor in the past, but SpineZone is the first thing that has worked well for me. I know I will have to keep on with the exercises and I have hope that I will continue to improve if I do.“
“I am so very grateful to have found SpineZone. My issues began about 18 months ago with moderate neck pain and the onset of dizziness, which was steadily increasing with any form of motion and even waking me up at night when I changed positions. Unfortunately, I had no idea the two issues were related. After six months of dealing with increased dizziness, which was now affecting my work, I sought out an otolaryngologist, thinking my vertigo was due to an ear or sinus issue. The doctor ran numerous tests and labs but after four months could find nothing medically wrong.
After much contemplation and internet searches (showing the correlation between neck pain and dizziness), I decided to try a chiropractor (even though I had never been to one and honestly, they scare the beejeebies out of me.) Viola, after a couple of weeks, I only had occasional dizziness and after a month, I felt pretty good but I found myself returning every couple of weeks thereafter for an adjustment as I felt like my neck, back, ribs were “popping out”. Even though I was beginning to feel much better, I thought, “does this mean I am going to have to continually see a chiropractor for the rest of my life?” Then, I received a flyer in the mail from my insurance company offering me services from SpineZone. I hemmed and hawed about it and finally signed up on-line although I was not really excited about it. (I was at a point wherein I was tired of going to doctors and just hoped I would wake up one day miraculously healed – and fairies grant wishes, right?) The assigned coach immediately contacted me but again I was not ready to engage so I did not respond. Then a few weeks later, she reached out again so I made myself set an appointment for a telephone interview and figured if I didn’t like it I could always quit.
THEN, I interviewed with my coach (Coach Nina). I immediately liked her and thoroughly enjoyed our initial interview. Besides asking many questions, she really listened to me explain the pain and dizziness issues I had been having and together we set goals. I then began the program and honestly I was a little apprehensive but I jumped in. I received equipment, a weekly stretching routine, my coach’s constant support, advice, guidance, and encouragement, and the best part was receiving Dr. Raiszadeh’s book. His overall philosophy made so much sense to me especially about building muscle to support your spine. (I have always been very conservative with my healthcare decisions, i.e. I do not care for pain medications and if at all possible, will always opt out for any surgery in lieu of a more conservative approach first.)
My personalized program lasted about 10 weeks. I am still a work in progress as my job and lifelong bad posture cannot be overcome overnight, but not only is my eqliberium completely back to normal, but I now have better range of motion of my entire body and am more active (I actually danced around my living room) nor have I had to return to my chiropractor. The program has also set me on a path to just taking better care of myself, I lost a few pounds, do yoga twice a week, attempt to meditate, and continue with the prescribed stretches. I cannot thank Coach Nina enough for sticking with me through this process and providing me with the tools I can use for the rest of my life. She is the best! I would highly recommend Dr. Raiszadeh’s program to anyone who is suffering from spine issues. There are definitely other alternatives besides surgery or living the rest of your life on pain medications.“
“My name is Susan and I am 72 years old. I started SpineZone 12 weeks ago and think the program is fantastic. I have had neck and shoulder problems for many years and low back pain from herniated discs five years ago. SpineZone has helped me more than physical therapy that I did in the past.
The things I like about the program are: 1) a therapist consults you about your problem and tailors exercises for your needs. Exercises are adjusted for you if they are too difficult and new ones are employed. 2) The program has daily reminders to keep you on track. 3) The exercises are clearly performed and explained so you can understand your goals. You can review any exercise you aren't sure about to get correct form. 4) Exercises are repeated three times daily to encourage rapid progress. 5) Regular communication with the therapist is available to work out problems.
I have gained strength in my neck and low back and will continue working on my own. I have met some of my goals, but still need more work. SpineZone made me see that much of my health is in my own hands and that I can make improvement with hard work. Thanks, SpineZone. Terrific program.“
“I started having lower back pain a few years ago. I would occasional take ibuprofen to relieve the pain & do some morning stretches. As the pain progressed I went to a chiropractor a couple of times which temporarily helped. Last Nov. I had a terrible spasm in my lower back which brought me to my primary Dr. at Scripps. An x-ray revealed progressive moderate degenerative disc. My Dr. suggested I try the SpineZone. Since I don't like taking meds or going to gyms I thought I'd give it a try. I signed up with the online course. I was somewhat skeptical on how I would be able to do these exercises three times a day, but my PTA Sarah was great keeping me progressing with my exercises & providing other helpful lessons. Now after several weeks I am back pain free most of the time. I have been able to scale back my exercises to once or twice a day depending on what other exercises I may do in a day: walking biking swimming. I'm really glad I gave it a try & for all the help that the staff can provide. Thank you.“
“I'm forever grateful and hope others in the future can experience this new advance in medicine from the comfort of our homes.“