Fall 2008 Issue

Avoiding Surgery Through Physical Therapy
Our On-Site Services Provided Non-Surgical Relief For Hayes Thompson

Hayes Thompson found non-surgical relief for debilitating back pain with our on-site physical therapy services.
When Hayes Thompson began experiencing debilitating back pain, he knew two things – he wanted lasting relief and he wanted to avoid surgery. Using the on-site physical therapy (PT) services at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, he found exactly what he wanted.

“While I was working in the yard one weekend I collapsed in serious pain and lay there for about an hour,” said Hayes. “Things didn't improve much after that. I couldn't sit for more than 30 seconds at a time, I couldn't sleep, and I walked slower than a 95-year-old with a walker.”

Hayes' luck changed when physical therapist Graham Claytor, M.P.T., saw him while both were attending the Wachovia Championship. “I could tell he was in bad shape just from seeing him try to walk,” said Graham, who is the Manager of Physical Therapy at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates. “He came in the following week for an evaluation.”

Neurosurgeon Jerry Petty, M.D., first examined Hayes. After an MRI revealed a compressed nerve root at the S1 vertebra, Dr. Petty discussed surgical and non-surgical treatment options. However, Hayes definitely wanted to avoid surgery if possible so Graham designed a physical therapy program comprised of core exercise, stretching and decompression.

“Graham said we'd give it three weeks, and if there was no improvement I'd have to start thinking about surgery,” said Hayes.

He was able to see and feel gradual progress. After 16 days he was finally able to stand up straight and sleep through the night. Six weeks after starting physical therapy, he was able to walk without pain.

“I really believe in physical therapy,” said Hayes. “If you give the human body the right mix of ingredients it has an amazing ability to heal itself. Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates was able to deliver exactly what I needed.”

Expanding Services
The PT program of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates continues to expand, and on-site services are now available at our Charlotte, Ballantyne and Concord offices. PT will also be offered at our new Huntersville office when it opens this winter. Our licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants work closely with our physiatrists and neurosurgeons to develop comprehensive rehabilitation and treatment plans for patients.

“Our goal is to provide top-notch musculoskeletal and neuromuscular evaluation, diagnosis with evidence-based treatments. We strive for the highest of functional outcomes,” said Graham.

Physical Therapy Services Include:
• State-of-the-art functional exercise equipment and modality treatments
• Individualized in-clinic and at-home exercise programs
• Skilled manual therapy and massage
• Spinal decompressive traction (both cervical and lumbar)
• Evaluation of individual motion impairments
• Training specific to sport or hobby-related needs
• Evaluations for returning to sports after surgery
• Treatment of carpal tunnel using a traction device (Carpal Trac)
• Patient education
• Future injury prevention
• Pilates, yoga and senior exercise classes

For more information about our physical therapy services, call 800-344-6716, or click here.

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