When Dr. med. Othmar Schwarzenbach took over "dasRückenzentrum" in Thun as director in 2003, it had long been known as an outstanding institution far beyond the Bernese Oberland. Today, however, as a center of excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of back problems, it is one of the leading centers in Switzerland. This is not only because many well-known top athletes choose the center in order to be able to achieve top performance again as quickly as possible - but also because a rare collection of top-class doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists and back training specialists work hand in hand here to do everything for their patients. A real stroke of luck!
A first-class team of experienced professionals awaits patients with back problems in Thun. People can feel it as soon as they enter the practice rooms: Here, real specialists take care of the back problems - working together in an interdisciplinary team to immediately win the trust of the patients. And often even before they have met the head of the facility: Dr. med. Othmar Schwarzenbach, a specialist in orthopedic surgery (FMH), who has an enormous reputation as a specialist in spinal column surgery - and is known for his empathy.
Because with regard to the sensitive issue of the back and intervertebral discs, it is only after a comprehensive examination that it becomes clear which treatment options are actually possible. Therefore, it is also clear that at the beginning of a medical assessment as well as a course of treatment is a personal conversation. Dr. Schwarzenbach often approaches spinal column diseases via the leading symptom pain. Because a lot of information can be drawn from pain: How long has it been existing? Where exactly is it located? How does the pain manifest - and at what times of the day and under what conditions does it occur?
Back problems: identifying a variety of causes
There are many questions that help Dr. Schwarzenbach and his team to find the best therapy. The specialist has many years of experience and is very familiar with identifying exactly the right therapy from a variety of options. He also knows that in connection with back pain, numerous other diseases or injuries can be of importance. And what can also be important: The patient's psycho-social environment!
This way, it is possible to determine exactly which disease is the cause: Is it a degenerative spinal disease caused by wear and tear of discs, vertebrae, vertebral joints and ligaments? There are for instance spondylosis, spondylarthrosis, spinal stenosis or disc diseases. Is it an inflammatory disease - such as ankylosing spondylitis? Or is it an infection, a deformity or a metabolic disease such as osteoporosis? Even fractures of the thoracic or lumbar spine and even the cervical spine are not always visible at first glance.
Interdisciplinary approach: Many experts work hand in hand
If required, experts from all areas of spinal medicine can participate in the entire process: In addition to Dr. med. Othmar Schwarzenbach and his team of doctors, these are, above all, highly trained chiropractors and physiotherapists who are used to thinking outside the box in professional exchanges. This is important, since "dasRückenzentrum" is the last hope for some people and everyone involved in interdisciplinary treatment in Thun knows: Many of the patients have already undergone several preliminary treatments. Many of the patients have already undergone a number of preliminary treatments. Some have even undergone spinal surgery - and of course all the details are important when it comes to choosing the right treatment. Dr. Schwarzenbach has a distinct motto: "Orthopedic surgery is only used in an extremely targeted and gentle manner - i.e. it is usually minimally invasive. And of course, surgery is always the last therapeutic option.
Thus, the most effective solution is sought in a group effort in order to give the patients a future as painless as possible. For many people this means not only that they can move again without major restrictions. For many patients it means achieving a normal everyday life - with a functioning social environment. Sometimes it is only the treatment at the Thuner Back Center that enables patients to resume regular work.
Additional benefit of back muscle training at affiliated center
For Dr. med. Othmar Schwarzenbach, it is therefore also very important to be able to offer his patients special training for the musculoskeletal system after the treatment or accompanying it. For this purpose, the Back Center has an affiliated Back Training Centre, where a team of specialised staff operates in a family environment while always being up to date with the latest research. This owner-managed center, which is constantly and closely cooperating with Dr. Schwarzenbach and his team, also works with osteopaths and masseurs, among others - and in consultation with the doctors, the training program is tailored to the individual needs of each patient.
From individual training, which can be offered as a rehabilitation measure or as general or medical training, depending on the requirements, and also in a version suitable for senior citizens, to targeted back exercises - here the strength of the locomotor system is restored or significantly improved. Personally, individually and under professional guidance. By the way: The back training center is certified by QualiCert according to strict standards. The criteria for certification also included aspects such as patient friendliness and ethics.
Physio Thun: Comprehensive spectrum
The fact that Dr. med. Othmar Schwarzenbach leaves nothing to chance can also be seen in another facility that is affiliated with "dasRückenzentrum": The "Physio Thun" completes the extraordinary range of services. There, physiotherapists work with people who suffer from movement disorders - wherever the movement problems come from. Just like at the Back Centre: the causes can be many and varied, they can be the consequences of accidents, changes or illnesses of the musculoskeletal system, the restriction can be caused by harmful movement habits, complaints of old age and much more. In order to relieve pain, tension, loss of strength and mobility restrictions as well as coordination deficits, the physiotherapists, in consultation with Dr. Schwarzenbach, use a wide range of treatment options - such as heat, cold, electricity, massages and water, often in combination.
Dr. med. Othmar Schwarzenbach constantly puts treatments and therapies to the test in order to adapt them to the patient's condition and goals. Here again, the partner-like relationship that the specialist builds up with his patients comes into play: Health problems can only be solved through close cooperation and detailed work. The patient is thus constantly in a learning situation - with a result that even exceeds the expectations of many patients.
Additional benefit of emphathy: Active patient behavior
For Dr. med. Othmar Schwarzenbach, it is always nice when he is able to experience his patients' return to a pain-free everyday life, when people who recently were only able to get up in pain suddenly move happily and lightheartedly. For the specialist, empathy is almost as important as his outstanding medical expertise. His patients benefit from this for several reasons, and so the trust they place in the experienced specialist ultimately turns into great self-confidence. A self-confidence that is important as a drive for further tasks. And this does not only apply to top athletes.