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Medical Researcher Examines Alternatives to Major Surgery

Gainesville, FL (PRWEB) January 02, 2013

Few things are more exciting for a scientist than being at the door of major life-saving advances in medicine. Dr. Amanda Rice, who joined Clear Passage Physical Therapy® as the group’s in-house researcher in December 2012, finds herself in a key role in healthcare advances that are saving lives and improving quality of life – without using a scalpel, drug or expensive medical device. The therapy Dr. Rice is measuring uses the simplest of tools – a therapist’s hands.

At the core of this therapy is a hands-on treatment that recently showed success opening totally blocked fallopian tubes for infertile women – a feat previously thought impossible without surgery. Now, the same therapy is showing promise for people with life-threatening bowel obstruction and several types of female infertility, including hormonal disorders.

“The more data I see about the remarkable improvements in Clear Passage patients following therapy, the more fascinated I become.” said Dr. Rice. In a series of retrospective and prospective studies, Dr. Rice is examining the effectiveness of the Wurn Technique® — a patent-pending manual therapy practiced at Clear Passage Physical

Therapy clinics. The therapy focuses on decreasing the adhesions that form naturally when the body heals from an injury, infection or surgery.

“Adhesions block fallopian tubes, cause bowel obstructions and can damage virtually any structure in the body,” said Clear Passage National Director of Services, physical therapist Belinda Wurn. “Surgery is a major cause of adhesions. To show that we can reduce or relieve adhesions using only our hands represents a wonderful advance in rehabilitation.”

Bowel obstructions claim the lives of roughly seven percent of patients diagnosed with the condition, following an average hospital stay of two weeks and an invasive surgical procedure – all of which averages over $100,000 in costs. (Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, 2009) “Using our hands instead of surgery not only saves lives; it saves time and a significant amount of money, and does not appear to create more adhesions that often form after surgical procedures,” Wurn said.

With a doctorate in Medical Sciences, two postdoctoral appointments, and more than a decade of work as a researcher and mentor at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Rice brings years of clinical research experience to Clear Passage. Her wide range of expertise includes examining the latest studies in the field of effective therapies, creating science-based analyses, gathering and collating patient data, and applying bio-statistical analysis to her findings.

“As a scientist, I can evaluate treatments for various medical conditions. In a few instances, mainstream medicine does not offer good or lasting options,” said Dr. Rice. “At Clear Passage, I meet the patients, create study protocols, build data sets with the therapists and analyze the data. This is a scientist’s dream position — to be at the forefront of a pioneering therapy, to witness patients’ improvements and often the end of their suffering.”

Larry Wurn, Director of Clinical Studies at Clear Passage said “Given her knowledge of statistical analysis and her interest in natural, less invasive treatment techniques, Dr. Rice plays a critical part in our mission of generating meaningful data. It is so gratifying to restore hope in our patients and help them reach their goals, whether it is becoming a mother or escaping the vicious cycle of recurring bowel obstruction and surgeries.”

About Clear Passage Physical Therapy®

Clear Passage Physical Therapy® is a network of physical therapy clinics specializing in the hands-on treatment of female infertility, bowel obstruction, and chronic pain with an additional focus on women’s health conditions such as endometriosis, pelvic and intercourse pain. Major medical journals and the public media have recognized Clear Passage for its high treatment success rates and ability to bypass the need for surgery or drugs. The group treats men and women from all over the world at its U.S. clinics; approximately 20 percent of Clear Passage patients are healthcare professionals.

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