Physical therapy helps with acute and chronic low back pain

By Jerry Moczerniuk, PT, DPT

Lower back pain has, and continues to be, one of the most common reasons for physician visits in the United States. The majority of Americans experience back pain in their lifetime. Low back pain has been for years associated with very high healthcare costs and costs related to lost wages and productivity. In 2006, the costs attributable to low back pain were estimated at $100 billion in the United States alone.

In early 2017, The America College of Physicians (ACP) released new guidelines for non-invasive treatments of acute, sub-acute and chronic low back pain. The ACP looked at effectiveness of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments of low back pain at different stages of pain.

The ACP found some benefits in pharmacological treatment of low back pain, but primarily with strong medications, and for long term (chronic low back pain). For acute or sub-acute pain, acetaminophen, NSAIDs and systemic corticosteroids were no different than placebo for pain intensity. For chronic low back pain, NSAIDs, opioids and benzodiapines were associated with small pain improvements only and lasted for a limited time.

The review of research from the ACP also looked at nonpharmacologic therapies and their comparative benefits. For acute low back pain, research showed some benefits of massage and spinal manipulation. The research also showed moderate pain relief with superficial heat. Low-laser therapy and NSAIDs combination largely decreased pain intensity and resulted in moderate functional improvements in patients with acute and sub-acute low back pain. For patients with low back pain, evidence shows that both exercises and motor control exercises (control and support of the spine) result in improvements in pain and function.

Recommendations provided by the ACP are based on the above summarized research results, and state that for acute and sub-acute low back pain clinicians and patients should select nonpharmacologic treatment consisting of superificial heat, massage, spinal manipulation and low-laser therapy.

Likewise for chronic low back pain, nonpharmacologic interventions are considered as first line options because there are fewer harms associated with these types of therapies. The recommendations also stated that greater effects on pain are associated with individually designed programs, and supervised home exercises.

These recommendations shown effectiveness of physical therapy interventions (exercises, massage, moist heat, low-laser therapy, stretching) in treatment of both acute and chronic low back pain. Physical therapy, however, should be tailored and specific to an individual.

A skilled physical therapist is capable of accurately diagnosing the cause of back pain, and should tailor treatment based on individual patient needs. Physical therapy treatment may consist of modalities to control pain and swelling, specific exercises in directional preference, stabilization exercises, hands on techniques to improve joint mobility and decrease spasm, activity modification strategies and postural re-education to decrease symptoms and facilitate healing.

Dr. Moczerniuk is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and a clinical director at db Orthopedic Physical Therapy of Manalapan LLC, located at 120 Craig Road, Suite 2, Manalapan. Dr. Moczerniuk can be reached at 732-462-2162 or by email at You can also find out more about our practice at

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First App for Physical Therapy on Demand Launches in NYC

New York, NY, February 28, 2017 –(– Theryon, the first and only app that allows people to book physical therapy appointments on demand has launched, announced the app’s founders.

The convenient app allows people to book an appointment with a top-quality therapist for an in-home or in-office visit in as little as three hours. A flat-rate fee covers the therapy itself, as well as travel costs for the therapist, and payment is done securely through the app so that no money exchanges hands.

One in two American adults is affected by a musculoskeletal condition each year. Yet, people are busier than ever, and many professionals and stay-at-home parents don’t have the time to commute to their therapy appointments. Theryon provides the ease and convenience of having a therapist come to the patient, wherever they are, relieving stress and saving valuable time.

“Theryon offers people the ultimate user-friendly way to directly access top physical therapists, the ability to be seen wherever is most convenient for them, and an overall great therapy experience,” said Yitzchok Kolodny, DPT, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Along with co-founders Zvi Gutman and David Kupfer, Kolodny, a doctor of physical therapy, was inspired to create the app by the patients he saw.

“So many patients would complain that while they need physical therapy, there was simply not enough time for them to travel to and from a clinic during working hours,” Kolodny explained. “People have full and engaged lives, and, sometimes, pain and dysfunction have to take a back seat to family and work obligations. Theryon was created with them in mind.”

“The greatest barriers keeping these two obstacles by bringing the clinic to the patient. Relief is always just a few clicks away.”

The app not only provides on-demand physical therapy for patients, but allows physical therapists to reach an expanded network of potential clients, enter patient notes through the app in a matter of minutes, and receive payment within two days.

While Theryon operates out-of-network for insurance carriers, the company provides patients with an itemization of the services provided so that it may be submitted to a patient’s insurance carrier for reimbursement if out-of-network benefits are included.

Currently, the app operates in Manhattan, but will expand services to all of New York City and the surrounding areas soon.

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Former Guthrie Physical Therapist Facing Lawsuit for Sexual

PAINTED POST, N.Y. (18 NEWS) – Four women are suing Guthrie Medical Group, and a former Painted Post Guthrie physical therapist alleging sexual misconduct during therapy sessions in 2015. 

The suits claim Gregory Parfianowitz fondled women’s breasts and genitals during massage therapy. 

The women also allege he gave them ill-fitting towels to cover themselves, and discussed sexually-charged topics during their sessions. 

Parfianowitz was charged with four misdemeanor and violation charges and then acquitted of the charges by one of the women following a jury trial in November. The acquittal prompted the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office to discontinue prosecution on the remaining counts. 

Attorneys for the four women have filed civil lawsuits in Steuben County Supreme Court including Christina Sonsire of the Ziff Law Firm in Elmira and David Jacobs of the Law Office of David H. Jacobs in Corning. 

In addition to Parfianowitz and HealthWorks, the defendants named in the lawsuits include Dr. Kathleen Hallinan, an internist; Diane Legendre, a physician assistant in Dr. Hallinan’s office; Corning Hospital, and Guthrie Medical Group. 

Hallinan and Legendre are accused of violating their duties to inform superiors of the allegations against parfianowitz after learning of them, as well as violating their patients’ trust by telling Parfianowitz despite the patients’ request that they refrain from doing so. 

Sonsire and Jacobs said pre-trial litigation is under. It is unclear when the cases will be ready for trial. 

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Sharon Osbourne Undergoing Physical Therapy for Trapped Nerve


Sharon Osbourne is undergoing physical therapy to correct a trapped nerve in her back.

Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife hurt herself while bending down and has been receiving treatment for the injury.

However, if the therapy does not work, she will have to go under the knife.

“I have a trapped nerve in my back and its killing me…,” she said on her chat show The Talk on Monday (27Feb17). “I had to have an epidural… I wait another week and if it hasn’t fixed it I have to go in and have surgery.”

“I bent down to pick something up and it was like, ‘Oh that was a bit rough,’ when I got back up,” she added. “I didn’t think anything more of it and then a couple of hours later it was like (a shooting pain) in my back.”

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Phoenix adds two more physical therapy centers – Pittsburgh Business Times

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Phoenix adds two more physical therapy centers
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A western Pennsylvania company that operates more than 65 outpatient physical therapy centers across the mid-Atlantic region has opened two new sites. Blairsville-based Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services Inc. said the locations are in Lewisburg
PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services, Inc. Continues De Novo Growth with Openings in Pennsylvania and …Yahoo News

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Making Physical Therapy Work For You

I was having a conversation this morning with someone who was asked to consider physical therapy again, despite best efforts, instead of going the surgical route. My feelings are pretty clear on this.I believe physical therapy works well when the injuries are minimal and the person much younger, with less of a medical history of injuries. Or, if you can afford it (which most can not) private sessions.

PT facilities assign you to on-premise therapists after fully evaluating your case. That makes the patient safe and secure in the knowledge that they are in good, expert hands. However, it’s what happens after that initial appointment that may undermine your healing progress.

A therapist is not necessarily permitted to treat the whole body, as they are asked to work on the one issue you came there for. For instance, if you had back, knee, or hip surgery (for which you are not being treated for at that time) and being presently treated for an issue with an arm or a foot, you might only legally be treated for the issue assigned to your case. The focus is on what the insurance companies will pay for in regard to your coverage.

There is also the chance that therapists rely on assistants taking over for them in the middle of your therapy sessions. That assistant will look at the clipboard that indicates your injury and treatment, but they, too, are not permitted and/or required to treat pre-existing conditions you may have, that are not cleared for in therapy. I believe that leaves a person open to creating more health issues for the future. It’s like curing one problem and exacerbating others.

As someone who has had this happen personally several times, and over several years, I looked into how I can avoid this possible pitfall. It is certainly not the fault of the technician or the patient, but the insurance company’s requirements.I considered the following questions to take control of my treatment, so that I might avoid injury in those areas not being treated.

  • Choose the facility for therapy carefully and based on doctor and patient recommendations. A previous patient will have the inside track which can be a valuable heads up.
  • Discern whether or not the treatment scope will cover any pre-existing conditions you might have in your medical history and give them careful consideration.
  • When at the facility, make sure that each physical therapy technician or assistant is aware of your complete history, and refers to it during your treatment.
  • Be an active participant in your therapy. Do not be afraid to speak up if you are having any doubts about your treatment.
  • Never let a technician who has a cold, sniffles, or any health issue, work on you, as they should not be treating a patient while they are sick. The treatment facility is supposed to be a healing environment.

I realize that some therapists who read this may take offense, but it is not meant to offend at all. It is meant to enlighten, as I am speaking from personal experience, as well as the experiences of others who have suffered injury that caused them pain enough to change the way they approached their physical therapy experience. PT can be a wonderful experience if the the stress of additional injury is avoided . Knowledge is very powerful to healing.

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eWellness to Offer Free PHZIO Mobile App to Physical Therapy Patients

CULVER CITY, CA–(Marketwired – Feb 28, 2017) – eWellness Healthcare Corporation — (OTCQB: EWLL) — a provider of the state of the art PHZIO Platform for the physical therapy and telehealth markets, announced today that it anticipates launching by April 1, 2017 a patient centric mobile App of its PHZIO platform for all Apple and Android devices.

The PHZIO app will dramatically increase the ability of Physical Therapy Practices to engage with and treat patients using the PHZIO Telehealth Platform, while patients will be given significantly greater flexibility for engaging with their Physical Therapist.

Any patient with a modern iOS or Android device (iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet) will be able to get a physical therapy treatment anywhere they are while being monitoring in real-time by a PT. This will vastly increase the population of treatable patients that can use the Phzio solution. It is currently estimated that there are approximately 190 million smartphone users within the US.

eWellness will initially rollout the solution within California, New York and Virginia, with plans to expand nationally over the next 3-6 months.

Further, eWellness will also seek to engage with the “At-Home” Physical Therapy treatment market. This market involves physical therapy practitioners treating patients in their home instead of a clinic. The “At-Home” market model when combined with Phzio offers patients and practitioners a means to receive and deliver PT services without having to leave work during normal business hours. Patients will be able to get physical therapy services at almost any hour of the day. A model that is not currently employed within traditional clinical settings.

Mr. Darwin Fogt, CEO, said, “We are excited to introduce this new PHZIO App. This tool can revolutionize how physical therapy is delivered while tapping into the scale and reach of an Uber-style business model.

About eWellness

eWellness Healthcare Corporation (OTCQB: EWLL) is the first physical therapy telehealth company to offer insurance reimbursable real-time distance monitored treatments. Our business model is to license our PHZIO (“PHZIO”) platform to any physical therapy (“PT”) clinic in the U.S. and or have large-scale employers use our PHZIO platform as a fully PT monitored corporate wellness program. The Company’s PHZIO home physical therapy exercise platform has been designed to disrupt the $30 billion physical therapy and the $8 billion corporate wellness industries. PHZIO re-defines the way physical therapy can be delivered. PHZIO is the first real-time remote monitored 1-to-many physical therapy platform for home use. Due to the real-time patient monitoring feature, the PHZIO platform is insurance reimbursable by payers such as: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

The PHZIO Solution: A New Physical Therapy Delivery System

  • SaaS technology platform solution for providers bundling rehabilitation services and employer wellness programs;
  • First real-time remote monitored 1-to-many physical therapy treatment platform for home use;
  • Ability for physical therapists to observe multiple patients simultaneously in real-time;
  • Solves what has been a structural problem and limitation in post-acute care practice growth; and
  • Allows PT practices to generate increased revenues due to higher adherence and compliance rates.

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U.S. Physical Therapy Inc. (USPH) Breaks into New 52-Week High on February 27 Session

Shares of U.S. Physical Therapy Inc. (USPH) broke into a new 52-week high yesterday, hitting a peak of $77.95.
Shares closed at $77.95 after opening at $75.70 for a move of 3.93%. The company now has a market cap of $976.08 million.

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before an impending period of decline.

For U.S. Physical Therapy Inc., the new 52-week high came on volume of 79,694. The stock has a float of 12.52 million shares and average daily volume of $72,595. It has a
50-day SMA of $71.21 and a 200-day SMA of $63.30.

U.S. Physical Therapy Inc. now has a P/E ratio of 38.7.

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US Physical Therapy Inc operates outpatient physical and occupational therapy clinics that provide pre-and post-operative care and treatment for orthopedic-related disorders, preventative care, and rehabilitation of injured workers among others.

U.S. Physical Therapy Inc. is based out of Houston, TX and has some 3,400 employees. Its CEO is Christopher J. Reading.

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Davidson Foundation Funds Endowed Chair in Physical Therapy at

San Angelo, Tx –

The James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation of Midland has awarded a grant of $1 million to Angelo State University to establish a new endowed chair position in the Department of Physical Therapy, a component of ASU’s Archer College of Health and Human Services.  

The grant will establish the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Chair in Physical Therapy and enable ASU to recruit a professor of national reputation in physical therapy education and research to fill the endowed faculty position.  

Endowed chairs are used to enhance a professor’s salary and to provide additional funds for research, teaching and service activities. To be the holder of an endowed chair is one of the most prestigious honors a professor can attain and, as such, provides an important incentive for recruiting renowned faculty.  

ASU President Brian J. May said, “I’d like to congratulate the faculty and staff of the Archer College and Department of Physical Therapy for earning this great honor. The endowed chair in physical therapy will further enhance our already excellent PT doctoral program. I’d also like to extend the profound thanks of the entire ASU Ram Family to the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation for its continued generosity and support of Angelo State.”  

In a joint statement, Dr. Shelly Weise, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Leslie M. Mayrand, dean of the Archer College of Health and Human Services, expressed their deep appreciation to the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation for the generous gift: 

“Endowed chairs allow us to retain outstanding faculty members at Angelo State University. Having received funding for an endowed chair in nursing from the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation several years ago, and now another for physical therapy, shows the foundation’s confidence in our outstanding programs and faculty.”                    

The new position is the third endowed chair at ASU funded by the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation and the second in the Archer College of Health and Human Services. The James A. “Buddy” Davidson Chair in Nursing Excellence was established by a $1 million grant in 2009 and is held by Dr. Wrennah Gabbert, professor of nursing and chair of the Department of Nursing.

The James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation also created ASU’s James A. “Buddy” Davidson Chair in Agricultural Science and Leadership in the College of Science and Engineering with a $1 million grant in 2010. That chair is held by Dr. James “Will” Dickison, assistant professor of agriculture science.

Information Courtesy of Angelo State Public Relations. 


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Good physical therapist for back problems?

lower backJennifer emails:

Any chance you can ask your readers for suggestions on a good physical therapist for the lower back? I have been to a few different places around town over the years and seem to always get stuck with folks fresh out of school with little experience.

In addition to physical therapy, we’re curious if there are other things — like maybe specific yoga or other exercise classes in the area — that people have have found helpful for back problems. (Of course, you’d always want to check with your doctor ahead of time to make sure any sort of other exercise wouldn’t make the problem worse.)

So, got a a suggestion for Jennifer? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you’re recommending a specific therapist or program can be very helpful.

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