EFFECTIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY

It’s a very exciting time at The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass. For years our physicians have used a multi-specialty, multi-modality approach to treating patients within our physician practice, our surgery center and our behavioral medicine department. Now we’ve added to our Center a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, featuring Jason Goumas, an experienced physical therapist. What separates Jason from other Pts?

….FULL ARTICLE

ALLEVIATE PAIN WITH MILD TREATMENT

The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass is the largest freestanding facility in Kentucky dedicated to the treatment of pain. It hosts 11 physicians of varying specialties and sub-specialties, all who have the goal of pain alleviation and management. Dr. Steven Ganzel, one of the doctors practicing at the Center, has recently added Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) treatment to his list of services for those seeking relief from pain and suffering.

….FULL ARTICLE

Use the buttons below to scroll through more articles from our Pain Treatment column

MORE ARTICLES

Be Sociable, Share!

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Bookmarks Share on LinkedIn Share on LiveJournal Share on Newsvine Share on Reddit Share on Stumble Upon Share on Tumblr

MORE PAIN TREATMENT ARTICLES

CONTACT INFORMATION

© Health & Wellness Magazine - All rights reserved | Designed and Maintained by PurplePatch Innovations

MORE FROM ROCKPOINT PUBLISHING

HEALTH & WELLNESS MAGAZINE

HOME | FEATURE ARTICLES | COLUMNS | DIGITAL ISSUES | CALENDAR | RACE RUNNING CALENDAR | ABOUT | CONTACT

subscribe to Health & Wellness

EFFECTIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY

It’s a very exciting time at The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass. For years our physicians have used a multi-specialty, multi-modality approach to treating patients within our physician practice, our surgery center and our behavioral medicine department. Now we’ve added to our Center a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, featuring Jason Goumas, an experienced physical therapist. What separates Jason from other Pts?


“I keep my treatments as simple as possible using equipment people can easily get for use at home,” Jason said. “If they can’t do PT at home, it is of little value. It’s not what you do here (in the office) that will get you better, it’s what you do at home. My job is to show you how to get yourself better and help out with things you can’t do on your own.”


Because of this home work, patients don’t need as many visits, which makes treatment possible for those who are facing constant co-pays and high deductibles. “I have some patients that come on a weekly basis, some every other week, some monthly,” Jason said. “And then there are those who live far away who might come every two months.”


Education is key, according to Jason. “The basis of what I do here revolves around educating patients regarding the natural consequences of daily activity upon the body,” he said. “For example, when we sit for lengthy periods of time, we naturally become a bit stiff simply due

to lack of movement. The key to overcoming this is not to buy a $1,000 chair, but rather to sit actively, which simply means to not only engage the muscles of the core and back, but also to understand that the longer we sit, the more stiffness will develop. The true solution is to perform the correct stretches regularly enough to stay on top of the problem.” Failure to do this will inevitably result in a progressive increase in dysfunction, which over time can lead to degenerative changes.


Can discomfort be eliminated?

“Another component of my patient education is to quit viewing most discomfort as abnormal,” Jason said. “If you’ve been weeding in the garden for a period of time, it is completely normal for the low back to feel a bit stiff. By stretching your back out from time to time to reset, the discomfort can be minimized and not allowed to get out of control. The same goes for feeling tightness between the shoulder blades while washing dishes or feeling stiff after a long car ride. Those sensations are normal and are not going away, but there are things you can do resolve them. The key is to address the issues as they arise during the day so they are not allowed to build.”


The main thing about Jason’s role at the Center is he is part of an integrative group, so the collective knowledge creates the best possible treatment for the patients who come to them.


“Something I say to about every patient is that most pain arises due to a combination of how people do what they do, as well as what people are not doing that they need to be doing in order to keep themselves in good working order,” Jason said. “The problem is that people don’t understand what is going on in their bodies and don’t know what to do about it. Once they are educated, they can then start to control pain better. The really sad thing about so many of these patients is that had they been properly trained when the problem first began, they most likely would not be patients here nor have nearly as much of the degenerative problems they have.”


For more information about The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass and/or the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department, please call (859) 278-1316 ext. 205 or visit the Center’s Web site at www.pain-ptc.com.

THE PAIN TREATMENT CENTER

The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass is the largest freestanding facility in the Bluegrass Region dedicated to the treatment of pain. We specialize in treating patients for whom traditional medical/surgical methods have failed to alleviate their pain.