Musculoskeletal Program

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What is the Musculoskeletal (MSK) Program?

Musculoskeletal (MSK) pain affects the spine, bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Symptoms may include back and neck pain, fractures due to bone weakness, injuries, and certain types of arthritis. The MSK program is focused on conservatively managing conditions that are long-standing in nature, such as knee, hip, or shoulder osteoarthritis and chronic back pain.

The goal of our program is to provide conservative comprehensive management of your MSK condition in alignment with your personal goals. Our approach is designed to improve function and outcomes with a focus on the right treatment, at the right time, for the right reasons.

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MSK Care Navigators

As the cornerstones of our program, the MSK Care Navigators are your partners during the program dedicated to helping you succeed in achieving your goals. To ensure success, the MSK Care Navigators will help you design a program that meets your unique needs and goals by helping enroll you in program services, coordinate care, answer your questions, assist in removing any barriers that may arise, and monitor your progress along the way.

Our Services

Learn about our program's variety of services designed to address all aspects of your health and overall wellness.

Specialty Care

The physicians and staff at COPC Sports, Spine & Joint (CSSJ) are highly trained and experienced care providers with backgrounds in sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pain management.

The CSSJ inter-disciplinary care team is uniquely qualified to assess your current health status, understand your goals, and use that information to design an individualized care plan unique to you. Care plans include consideration of all possible options including both conservative and surgical interventions.

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Not all pain requires surgical intervention. At CSSJ, the care team believes everyone’s pain is unique and, therefore, the solutions to address an individual’s pain must also be unique.

The philosophy, at CSSJ, is to use a conservative management approach, whenever possible. The care team at CSSJ will thoroughly evaluate your current health status, understand your goals and consider all the possible options available to treat your unique needs including both conservative (such as injections, therapies and exercises, manipulative treatment, etc.) and surgical interventions.

As a shared-decision maker in you care, you will participate in the design of an individualized care plan that meets your needs. The CSSJ team ultimately wants to help you reduce your pain, improve your strength, function, and range of motion, and get you back to enjoying your daily activities of life.


For your convenience, there are multiple CSSJ locations around the central Ohio area including:

  • Westerville (main office)
  • Canal Winchester
  • Three Columbus locations

Behavioral Health

COPC partners with The Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CCBT) to provide patients access to highly trained and experienced Behavioral Health professionals. CCBT staff includes licensed social workers, psychologists, and therapists. The staff at CCBT uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a method of psychotherapy that targets how one thinks and acts as a way of modifying how one feels.

To learn more about everything CCBT has to offer, click here.

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Certain types of pain, like chronic muscle, back, knee, or hip pain, are associated with depression and anxiety. Often the depression and anxiety can make managing your pain more difficult. Depression can often be managed by scheduling daily activities that you enjoy or make you feel accomplished.

Learning healthy tools and strategies for how you think and manage your specific pain will contribute to your overall success in the MSK program. CCBT is here to help!


CCBT has several offices in Central Ohio including:

  • Columbus
  • Gahanna
  • Lancaster
  • Westerville

CCBT office staff will work you to schedule an appointment at a location and time that is convenient for you.

Physical Therapy

The COPC Physical Therapy Department is staffed by highly trained, experienced, and compassionate physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who are focused on improving your strength and function and helping to reduce your pain so you can get back to doing the things you love.

Physical therapy staff can treat issues related to the following:

  • Back
  • Neck
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Ankle
  • Foot
  • Wrist
  • Hand
  • Balance disorders

To learn more about everything COPC's physical therapy program has to offer, click here.

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Working one-on-one with a PT professional who can customize a treatment plan designed to meet your particular needs will help improve your range of movement, strength, and overall function. Being able to move is not only good for your musculoskeletal health but good for your overall health and lifestyle activities too!


For your convenience, there are multiple physical therapy locations around the central Ohio area including:

  • Westerville
  • East side of Columbus
  • Hilliard
  • Dublin

For hours and additional details about the locations, please click here.

Exercise & Movement

Exercise and movement are an important part of the MSK Program. Exercise programs have been specially designed by COPC physical therapists and clinical exercise physiologists for specific musculoskeletal diagnoses and conditions such as hip, knee, and shoulder osteoarthritis and chronic back pain and spine conditions. Whether you are trying to become stronger, delay or prevent surgery, or prepare for one, this program is designed to help guide you toward your specific goals.

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Consistent moderate resistance and activity can help to improve and maintain your body’s mobility and safely support movement of your arthritic joints. Learning the right type of exercises, for your particular condition, and how to properly perform each exercise are important for your long-term success.

Once enrolled in the program you will have access to dedicated fitness instructors who will help design a set of exercises for your specific needs, provide instruction on proper technique, and motivate you along the way to help you achieve your goals. Incorporating movement into your daily activities will help improve your musculoskeletal health, overall health, and quality of life.


Exercise programs are customized based upon the unique needs of the individual. A variety of exercise program options are available including home exercise, virtual, and in-person classes.

Depending your specific needs and preferences, you may be assigned one of these options or a combination of options.

Nutrition Counseling

COPC Nutrition Counseling is staffed by licensed dietitians who are highly trained in nutrition assessments, optimal nutrition intake, and nutrition counseling focused on helping individuals find strategies to support a healthy lifestyle. Dietitians are also able to help create a plan that takes into consideration any other health issues that you may be dealing with in addition to MSK.

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Eating healthy and nutritious foods contribute to overall musculoskeletal health and wellness. Excess weight can put added pressure on joints which can worsen pain. Participating in this program, patients will learn tools and strategies for making balanced eating choices, meal planning, reading, and understanding food labels, and understanding triggers that can cause people to make unhealthy choices.


Classes are offered at various locations and times. Attempts will be made to make classes available at locations and times that are convenient for you. Contact the MSK Care Navigators for details.

Lifestyle & Wellness Behaviors

The MSK program is designed to approach your specific musculoskeletal condition from a holistic perspective. This includes addressing your pain and other potential health and lifestyle contributing factors such as tobacco use, mental health needs and on-going nutrition and exercise support.

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The Lifestyle and Wellness Behaviors program provides a variety of tools and information to help address all aspects of your health.

  • For current smokers who are interested in quitting smoking COPC has a great Tobacco Cessation program designed to teach participants how smoking negatively impacts health and effective strategies for quitting.
  • Through a partnership with The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CCBT), behavioral health classes are offered to help patients learn healthy strategies and techniques for managing things like depression, anxiety that may contribute to musculoskeletal health, and perceived pain and emotional well-being. There is also a behavioral health class designed specifically for patients who have decided to undergo surgery.
  • On-going one-on-one coaching is also available for patients who would like added guidance or support related to their nutrition or exercise regimen.


Individual classes are offered at various locations and times. Attempts will be made to make classes available at locations and times that are convenient for you. Contact the MSK Care Navigators for details.

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