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Brooks Opens New Center for Back & Neck Health
Date:8/18/2009

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Brooks Rehabilitation's newest specialty clinic, the Brooks Center for Back & Neck Health, offers patients advanced treatments for both acute and chronic conditions of the spine, including whiplash, lumbar stenosis, cervical or lumbar radiculopathy, cervical or lumbar instability, sciatica, TMJ, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and more. According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is the second most common reason Americans go to the doctor (headaches are the first), and among the most common reasons for surgery. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of physical therapy for affecting outcomes in patients with spinal conditions.

"We believe specific patient education along with advanced physical therapy is the key to continued healing," said Ryan Reed PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, manager of the Brooks Center for Back & Neck Health. "We're able to provide patients with superior clinical reasoning, evidence-based interventions, manual therapy and the latest technology." Reed has extensive knowledge in evaluating and treating this patient population. He is certified in Manual Therapy with a spine specialty. He is also board certified in Orthopaedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

At the Brooks Center for Back and Neck Health, patients are provided with powerful, new tools for education. The Brooks Health Tracker interactive software offers patients continuous online pain tracking and self-assessment tools throughout their treatment. These records also allow physicians and case managers to monitor their patients' progress, determine a patient's improvements/continued impairments and recommend future treatment options.

At each physical therapy appointment, the patient receives education about their diagnosis, prognosis, and plan. Using state-of-the-art animated models and video software, therapists can capture a patient's movement during routine activities from walking to lifting heavy objects. This motion analysis software lets patients see their actual physical movement and allows therapists to teach correct behavior in these daily activities. It can be made available as a DVD for the patient to take home.

Brooks therapists also use 3-D human anatomy software to venture inside the spine and help them better explain conditions, injuries and treatments. The software can also mirror a patient's MRI for comparison and explanation purposes.

All Brooks therapists have the power of the Brooks Physical Therapy (PT) Orthopaedic Residency program behind them. As the first nationally credentialed PT Orthopaedic Residency in the state of Florida, the courses within the residency ensure that Brooks staff is utilizing the most up-to-date and evidence-based information while managing their patients. The practice of evidence-based treatment means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical research to improve the outcomes of patient therapy.

The Brooks Center for Back & Neck Health is located directly across from the main entrance of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Yorktown Gate at 7207 Golden Wings Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32244 904-483-2272, Fax 904-483-2273

Serving our patients for more than 35 years, Brooks has a long-standing tradition of providing quality care to Florida and Southeast Georgia. Our 143-bed acute physical rehab hospital is unique in the region with a highly trained staff and an unmatched range of services. Brooks has an extensive network of more than 25 outpatient centers and an established home health services division, Brooks Home Care Advantage, which provides the best continuum of post-acute services possible to the communities served. Brooks currently conducts over 20 clinical trials at our cutting-edge research facility. With an extensive array of preventive, educational, and community-based services, Brooks is deeply committed to improving the health of the community, especially for those living with a disability. More information on Brooks can be found at www.brookshealth.org.


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