UAMS Spine Institute Introduces Unique Therapy for Back Pain

By todd


LITTLE ROCK – The Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has teamed with DBC Little Rock, LLC and DBC America, Inc. to provide the DBC (Documentation Based Care) Active Spine Care® Program – an innovative spine restoration program for relieving back pain.


Back pain is the leading cause of disability for Americans under 45 years old and affects as many as 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. Treatment for back pain costs roughly $100 billion a year, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


“Through DBC, we are able to use evidence-based medicine to personalize each patient’s treatment program.” said T. Glenn Pait, M.D., director of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute and an associate professor of neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.


The DBC Active Spine Care® program begins with an in-depth evaluation of the patient’s medical history, pain profile, psychosocial profile, musculoskeletal condition and spinal range of motion. A second session includes spinal endurance and strength testing. Then a specialized treatment program is developed from the spine profile and a consultation with the patient.


Treatment involves specially designed spine restoration devices to target muscle groups and restore proper function. The exercises evoke adaptive responses in the target tissues to protect the spine during normal motion. The DBC program measures the ability of the spine to withstand fatigue, which is a key predictor for future injury and is used to determine the patient’s progress.


“DBC has treated more than 10,000 patients worldwide with more than 85 percent reporting significant reductions in pain and disability,” said Jim Belk president and chief executive officer of DBC Little Rock.


DBC Active Spine Care treatment is only available through a prescription from a physician as with any physical medicine provided by medical professionals. DBC clinicians are certified through an internationally monitored spine-specialty certification course before being approved to work with patients in the DBC program. More information about DBC Active Spine Care and local facilities can be found at


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has more than 2,200 students and 660 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.1 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute.