When the expected happens, we are here for you!

  I got hit by a car—two broken elbows and enough tendon damage to probably even make the heartless cyborgs at Florida Blue Cross shed a single, human-like tear. I started off my therapy at an unnamed franchise across the street, but even under the influence of post-surgery opioids, I could tell my interests might be better served elsewhere. I found Collins PT the next day and couldn’t be happier (and that’s not just the aforementioned opioids talking either). From the friendliness and competence of the front desk to the skill and experience of the technical staff, I can’t recommend these folks enough. Greg Collins, the owner, is pretty much the godfather of Naples physical therapy and has been practicing in the area since back when dinosaurs freely roamed Pine Ridge and only like one or two billionaires had yet to move here. Not only has Greg seen your ailment before, but he’s treated it, fixed it, and probably even sketched it in his leisure time. On top of that, he personally knows your doctor and probably golfs with him/her to boot. But his isn’t a one-man show, and the really pleasant surprise has been the quality of the entire staff. Clinical Director, Michael White, runs a damn tight ship, and seems to have eyes in the back of his head, monitoring all patients and other therapists while continuing to expertly care for his own clients. By a stroke of luck (unlike the one that sent the SUV smashing into my bicycle), Michael also ended up being my therapist for most of my recovery. But regardless of the individual therapist, this is a hands-on place where you are not simply banished to a corner with a checklist and a bouncy ball. These folks are continuously working WITH you (and only you) as you work toward your recovery. And although this is a straight-up, 5-star review (that I rarely give), to be fair and balanced, I should probably knock something so you know I’m not a paid review-bot. So, the chairs in the lobby. What gives? They suck, and they were obviously selected from the Marquis de Sade Wicker & Torture designer catalog. Fortunately, I’m never kept waiting past my appointment time, so I don’t use them much, and I guess they do provide a backhanded motivation to heal. Anyway, there you go: fair and balanced. Seriously, though, I can’t recommend this place enough. First, don’t get hurt. But if you do, don’t go anywhere else but here.  

- Anonymous

Back Pain…..

Woman bends over and flinches in pain in her back.

In today’s society, we are hyper-aware of symptoms that cause dysfunction and prevent us from remaining active. If you are a younger individual who is highly active in sports,  or the older individual who walks regularly to stay active, it is likely you have experienced back pain. Over 80 percent of the population will experience Low Back Pain (LBP) at least once in their life. This form of pain is the most common reason people will miss time at work and is the second most common cause of disability in adults across the United States. The rate of re-occurrences within the first year for the working population is approximately 20-44 percent, and over a lifetime is up to 85%.

These facts are potentially scaring if you have already experienced a single episode of back pain. I will try not to discuss the rising cause of health care and the increase utilization for chronic LBP with imaging, injections, and pain medication.

I want to highlight what we as physical therapists can do to reduce, prevent, and eliminate your back pain all while improving your overall quality of life. The literature is saturated with numerous forms of therapy from chiropractor care, core stabilization, surgical intervention, and of course my favorite….the Mckenzie Method. When I first explain the principle in your initial evaluation, I can see the “light bulb” moment happen right in front of my eyes.

But the real question why does the method work? The method is successful because YOU the patient want to succeed in treatment, management, and self-diagnosis. As I progress through my certification process, I am learning the “new” way to treat back pain. Robin Mckenzie developed the method in the late 60’s in Australia and New Zealand and continued research demonstrates superior results when compared to chiropractic care, manual therapy, and core stabilization.

Let the evidence based research point you in the right direction. Patients that seek treatment from a physical therapist, practicing the Mckenzie Method, are quicker to respond, better able to manage their symptoms, and less likely to utilize healthcare on a reoccurring basis.

When selecting a therapist for YOUR recovery, make sure to be an advocate for yourself. Ask questions like How? Why? What does the research show? Try not to solely rely on the professional’s opinion, prior experience, and/or website. Best practice is driven by research and should be individualized and tailor to your deficits.

Don’t fall into the statistics above. Choose Collins PTI.

 

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Deutscher D, Werneke M, Gottlieb D, Fritz, J, Resnik L, Physical Therapists' level of McKenzie education, functional outcomes, and utilization in patients with LBP, JOSPT, 44:12:925936, 2014

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Rubin DI. Epidemiology and risk factors for spine pain. Neurol Clin. 2007;25(2):353–371