Because of my own struggle with back pain, I never want anybody to go through what I did - the years of not understanding why I was having pain, the wasted time and money on treatments that were not effective. My experience taught me the importance of
1) A correct diagnosis
2) Looking at the whole body for the cause
3) Spending time with patients and making sure they are getting better
4) The importance of building strength in order to decrease pain
Through practicing physical therapy for 13 years, I’ve also learned the importance of hands on techniques like massage, spinal manipulation, joint mobilization and dry needling for decreasing people’s pain. My first priority when working with people in pain is to get their pain levels down. Hands on therapy is usually very helpful for pain. Then I start with whatever exercises people can handle, and I build up from there.
I try to get people as strong as they are willing to let me.