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Florida Medical Pain Management takes an interventional approach to diagnosis and treating pain. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach, in which our team of heath care professionals work together, to provide a full range of treatments and services for patients suffering from chronic and/or acute pain. Our goal is to relieve, reduce, or manage pain and improve patients overall quality of life through minimally invasive techniques specifically designed to diagnose and treat painful conditions. We strive to help patients return to their everyday activities quickly and without heavily reliance on medications.
Physical therapy is an essential tool for overcoming back and neck pain – both before and after a spinal procedure. The basic goal of physical therapy is for the individual to regain comfortable function and mobility in the injured part of the body. The specific techniques used by physical therapists vary widely because some patients require therapy to regain strength after an operation, while other individuals use physical therapy as a preventative measure to avoid surgery altogether.
Physical Therapy as Rehabilitation
When people hear the term physical therapy, they commonly associate it with recovering from surgery. For patients who have undergone a spinal procedure to treat neck or back pain, thorough rehabilitation is vital to ensure the success of the operation. For patients who have undergone massively invasive open spine surgery, physical therapy usually begins in the hospital and will continue for several months as the individual slowly recovers from the muscle trauma. On the other hand, patients who elect to undergo an outpatient procedure usually only require a handful of sessions with a physical therapist to strengthen the supporting muscles and increase the likelihood of sustained nerve decompression.
Physical Therapy to Avoid Surgery
Physical therapy can also be an effective way to avoid surgery. In many cases, pain can be alleviated by strengthening targeted sections of the body and increasing flexibly with stretching exercises. This form of conservative treatment is a way to overcome pain in the short-term and decrease the likelihood of future injury. However, the most important aspect of exercise is to do it safely and responsibly so that you do not sustain further damage from overly strenuous activities. Always consult a doctor or fitness professional before embarking on any regimen of exercise
Lisa Ferguson PT, OCS
Lisa Ferguson PT, OCS is a board certified physical therapist specializing in orthopedic physical therapy. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Washington University’s Program in Physical Therapy in St Louis, MO and became board certified in orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2006. She has over 25 years of experience in physical therapy and works closely with our pain management specialists and orthopedic surgeons to assure optimal outcomes for each patient.
James Emmons, PTA, NMT
James Emmons, PTA, NMT, is a Physical Therapist Assistant with over 20 years experience in Physical Therapy and Health & Fitness, starting in 1992. He is certified in Myofascial Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, TMJ, Kinesio Taping and Personal Training with Advanced Certifications and Instructor qualifications. His work experience includes management, public speaking and education, geriatrics, orthopedics, stroke and TBI rehabilitation, post rehab training and pain management.