“I have a degenerative spine disorder that has caused me pain for almost twenty years. I have had a fusion surgery in my neck and several epidural shots in my spine. I have also been treated by many therapists, and that is where the difference begins and ends. My neurologist recommended that I go to Specialized Orthopedics and see Jason to help diagnose and treat my pain problems. During my first visit, Jason listened to my symptoms and diagnosed a problem with my right SI joint that no one had ever mentioned before. Jason worked on all of my back problems efficiently and I was quickly physically prepared for my SI injection. I was quickly pain free and ready to strengthen myself using techniques he had taught me. This is the place to go if you are in pain ,or in need of any type of physical therapy.

– Randy

Common Post-Operative Issues

Spinal surgery helps a wide variety of neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions. From pinched nerves to herniated disks to broken vertebrae, spinal surgery is used to relieve pain, regain mobility, and reconstruct injured sections of a person’s spine. However, most patients believe that the solution to their spinal pain is to have surgery. Period.

They believe that having the surgery is the end of their road to a full recovery where they can enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle again. However, spinal surgery is only one step on that road to recovery because following your surgery you are going to be sore, stiff, weak, deconditioned, and swollen.

You’ll have difficulty moving around and performing basic daily tasks like bathing, walking up and down stairs, or cooking a meal. Your muscles will need to be retrained, exercised, and strengthened properly so you can avoid post-operative complications.

Plus, there are the original physical causes that may have contributed to your needing the spinal surgery in the first place – lack of flexibility, lack of strength, lack of mobility. Many spinal surgery patients need to relearn proper posture and strengthen their core muscles to maintain it.

Starting a physical therapy routine as soon after your surgery as recommended by your surgeon will help you recover quicker and with greater results. Just imagine a year after your surgery being in better physical shape than you were a year before your surgery. Wouldn’t that be a sign of a full recovery?

Remember, to see a physical therapist, you do NOT need to first see your PCP and receive a referral (unless your specific insurance dictates it). You have the right to see any PT you choose for treatment of your pain and injuries. Feel free to call our office and we can help you determine if a PCP referral is needed. (401) 384-6490

Rehabilitate With Us

You want to work with the best physical therapist that you can find because your recovery time and results depend on that person’s clinical expertise.

So let me ask you a few questions:

  • Do you want to work with a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant?
  • Do you want to see the same PT each visit or do you want a different PT (or, more likely, PTA) each time?
  • Do you want a PT that consults with your surgeon to create a specialized recovery plan or a PT office that prescribes a generic plan based on your surgery type?
  • Do you want a quicker recovery time or do you want to attend PT sessions for years?

The answers are obvious.

At Specialized Orthopedic Physical Therapy, you will only ever work with a licensed, certified PT who will work with you from your initial clinical consultation to your full recovery. You’ll never be attended by a PT Assistant and you will never be bounced around among the staff. Your full recovery is our top priority.

With over 50 years of clinical experience, certifications and advanced degrees among our team, you are going to get the best physical therapy treatment in Rhode Island without paying a premium price.

“Jay and his staff are the best around. Went in as a train wreck on a walker and graduated in 18 months to near normal after severe back trauma.”

– Steve