Can the elliptical machine be beneficial for getting rid of my low back and hip pain?

September 29, 2014 by  
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Question: I have been going to physical therapy for 3 months. It started off as soreness from the treadmill and has only turned for the worst. My hip flexor tendinitis/pirformis syndrome has not gotten better, and the exercises I’m doing in physical therapy are causing my si joint/paraspinal muscle to get irritated so I have been advised by my doctor to stop physical therapy and start acupuncture. Acupuncture has helped me SO much, I am almost 100% better, but I was wondering, could the elliptical be beneficial to be active and get rid of my low back and hip pain? If not, when could I go back to the elliptical?

Answer: Thank you for your question.  I am curious to know if you were receiving any hands on work with your therapy to reduce the pain and tightness/irritation in your paraspinals? What you are describing is a typical response to exercise only Physical Therapy.  Hands on soft tissue release, joint mobilization, taping, and trigger point dry needling are techniques that physical therapist use that are highly effective in helping prepare the body for exercise.  It is fantastic that your symptoms have improved with acupuncture but to move from feeling well to being well it is important to resume a consistent exercise routine.  The elliptical would allow for less impact than the treadmill and a gradual return to activity here would be warranted, i.e. less than 10 minutes to test the waters.    If your pain returns I’d recommend working with a physical therapist trained in a manual therapy approach to optimize your individualized recovery plan.  You can search for a manual certified specialist in your area at the American Physical Therapy Association website by clicking here.


Southaven Specialty Clinic: Pelvic Health & Women’s Health

September 22, 2014 by  
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Southaven Specialty Clinic: Pelvic Health & Women’s Health
3451 Goodman Rd. E.
Suite 108
Southaven, MS 38672
Phone: 662-253-9060
Fax: 662-253-9061

The Results – Southaven Specialty Clinic serves Southaven, Olive Branch, and the South Memphis region.  It is conveniently located less than four miles east of I-55 on Goodman Road just east of Getwell Road in The Shops of Cobblestone next door to the Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant.

Dana Davis is Results’ Lead Therapist at the Southaven Pelvic Health Clinic.  She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Tennessee State University and B.S. degree in Biology from Alcorn State University.  She has been practicing in the Memphis and Southaven area for 4 years.  Dana is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) and is certified in Mississippi for Trigger Point Dry Needling.  She obtained a prestigious certification from Maitland in Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2012.  Dana has completed advanced training and education in treating conditions related to pelvic floor dysfunction and incorporates it with a “hands-on” approach and a specialized exercise program.

Common Pelvic floor conditions that Dana can treat include pregnancy-related pain, sexual dysfunction, bowel and bladder dysfunction (incontinence, urgency, constipation)and pelvic pain in men and women.

The Therapists in the Southaven Specialty Clinic include:
Dana Davis, PT, DPT, COMT
Brooke Schuppan PT, DPT
Sara Lynn Johnson, PT, MS, MPT, ATC/L, CSCS -Director of Pelvic Health Services

New Location in Louisville, KY

BrownsboroSeptember 22, 2014 marks the date of the opening of our Brownsboro clinic. This new location is our 5th clinic opening to serve the Louisville, KY region. It supports our commitment to continued expansion in the area to better serve the medical community and the to general public in Louisville through “direct access” self-referral to physical therapy.

Lead Therapist at our Brownsboro clinic is Brett Lemmons. Brett graduated from the University of Kentucky, and has worked for Results Physiotherapy since 2011. He began treating patients in the greater Nashville area with the goal to move back to Kentucky as Results expanded into the Louisville Region. In March of 2014, Brett took on the position of Lead Therapist at our Fern Creek clinic, with great success, and has now taken on the role of Lead Therapist at the Brownsboro location.

Brett is a highly skilled manual therapist being a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) and is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. He enjoys treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions from low back pain to headaches to ankle and shoulder pain.

“People should not have to live with pain.” John Nelson, Vice President of Marketing for Results Physiotherapy. “Having convenient access to treatment for musculoskeletal conditions by skilled physical therapists is important for every community. As with all of our clinics, patients at our Brownsboro clinic will be seen by a licensed physical therapist at every visit. This is not typical with physical therapy companies that have multiple locations, most use physical therapy assistants.”

4610 Chamberlain Lane, Louisville KY, 40241
Phone: 502-618-8200
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Brownsboro Results Physiotherapy

September 15, 2014 by  
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Brownsboro Results Physiotherapy
4610 Chamberlain Lane
Louisville, KY 40243
P: 502.253.0833
F: 502.253.0834

The Results – Brownsboro clinic in Louisville is located immediately off of the Gene Snyder Freeway on the corner of Brownsboro Road and Chamberlain Lane.  It is located next to Moe’s Southwest Grill across the road from Costoco and Cabela’s..

Brett Lemmons is Results’ Lead Therapist at the Brownsboro clinic.  Brett graduated from the University of Kentucky and has worked for Results for 3.5 years in the greater Nashville area. He was the Lead Therapist at our Fern Creek Location from March-September 2014, before transferring to the Brownsboro location. He is a highly skilled manual therapist and enjoys treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Brett is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) and is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling.

Specialty services at Brownsboro include hands on treatment for neck pain, back pain, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle dysfunction (including sports related injuries), plantar fasciitis, and BPPV.

Franklin South Results Physiotherapy

March 11, 2014 by  
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Franklin South
3046 Columbia Ave., Ste. 108
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone 615.550.0000
Fax 615.550.0001


The Results Physiotherapy Franklin South clinic is located in the Target/Kroger shopping center at the corner of Mack Hatcher Parkway and Columbia Pike across from Williamson Memorial Gardens. Convenient to residents in western and southern Williamson County, it is just 2.2 miles south of Main Street in Franklin – 2 miles west of the intersection of Mack Hatcher Parkway and Hwy 431 – or 4.5 miles north of Thompsons Station, TN.

Matt Hayes will be the lead therapist at the Franklin South location. He has been practicing over 12 years and received his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Saint Ambrose University. Matt is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), a Board Certified Hand Therapist and a clinical instructor for IAMT (Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments). Matt is certified in Functional Movement Systems and Trigger Point Dry Needling. In addition he serves as a consultant to the Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy.

Conditions treated at this location include: Neck PainHeadaches, Carpal Tunnel, Tennis Elbow, Tendonitis, Back Pain, Hip and Knee Arthritis, and running injuries.

To read more about Matt Hayes, click here.

Featured Therapist- Dana Vansant

February 12, 2014 by  
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PT Expertise for Athens

When choosing a physical therapist or physical therapy group, it is important to find a resource that has experience and advanced training. The people of Athens, Alabama now have that option at Results Physiotherapy.Results Physiotherapy has opened its 5th clinic in the area-it also has clinics in Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and Hampton Cove.

Dana Vansant_03 2Dana Vansant (pictured) is the lead therapist for Results in Athens. Dana holds advanced certifications from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, The National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dana is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and enjoys treating a wide variety of injuries and conditions.

“Before I joined Results I interviewed with other physical therapy companies in the area, and they kept talking about Results Physiotherapy. After this I thought I better find out more about Results. I discovered a company that was passionate about its patients and its commitment to excellence. This is exactly what I have been looking for. I am excited to make a difference for the people of Athens, Alabama.” Dana Vansant_02

Name, Clinic, time Frame with Results: Dana Vansant, PT, Lead Therapist Athens, AL, with Results since May, 2013

Birthplace: Birmingham, AL

University(s) attended: BS Physical Education University of Montevallo, MS Physical Therapy University of Alabama at Birmingham

Family Status: Two adult children, Megan 28, Dane 27. One grandchild, Stella 3.

If I wasn’t a therapist I would be: Some sort of teacher or coach.

Currently reading: The Primal Connection by Mark Sisson

Last Movie Seen: Source Code

Favorite Sports Team: Roll Tide! Atlanta Braves

Favorite Joint to Treat: Knee

Favorite Treatment Technique: Distraction manip at ankle w/dry needling a close second.

Favorite Food to Cook: Scrambled eggs

Best Place Visited: Napa Valley

Favorite Musician or Group: George Thorogood

Biggest Influence on Career: Jim Meadows, Gary Gray, Gray Cook

When I’m not at work I’m: Usually at home

Goal(s) for next 12 months: My goal for the next twelve months is to actually set some goals.

I hurt my flexor hallucis longus tendon two months ago & my stretching excercises hurt. Should I continue?

February 3, 2014 by  
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Question: I badly hurt my Flexor Hallucis longus tendon two months ago, and dorsiflexion still hurts badly. I just started PT, and my foot only comes up 80 degrees on it’s own. Even the mild stretches they assigned me hurt, but not until a few hours after I’ve done them. MRI/Xrays are normal. Should I keep doing them? Why do they hurt so much?

Answer: Thank-you for your question. The muscle strain should have healed by now. It sounds like you have some muscle shortening of the FHL and probably the calf as well. This is probably due to having spent prolonged time in a boot to allow healing? At the moment, if the stretches are hurting afterwards that is possibly a good sign. You may want to discuss with your MD some medication support to help you tolerate treatment. I would also expect your PT regiment to include: massage, trigger point dry needling, sub-talar joint mobilization and possible taping to prevent further stressing of the tendon.

I have severe tennis elbow and I don’t play tennis. Can you help?

January 20, 2014 by  
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Question: I have severe tennis elbow and I don’t play tennis. Can you help? I also have sacroiliitis.  Help, I am in pain constantly.

Answer: Thanks for the question. We treat tennis elbow. You will need a very specific exercise program to help restore your elbow function. You may also benefit from the “hands-on” application of massage, taping, joint mobilization and trigger point dry needling. It is not uncommon to have this condition and not play tennis. Click here for more information on the condition and its treatment.

We also treat sacroilitis.  This condition normally has a significant lumbar component as well. We will want to assess your Lumbar, hip, and sacro-iliac joint function.

Johnson City Results Physiotherapy

January 3, 2014 by  
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701 Med-Tech Pkwy
Ste. 301
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone- 423.232.8302
Fax- 423.794.1485

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Results location in Johnson City,Washington County serves the populations of Elizabethton, Piney Flats, Bluff City, Roan Mountain, Gray/Boones Creek, Mountain City, and Kingsport.  If coming from interstate 26, take exit 19, North State of Franklin Rd.  If coming from Kingsport, go right off the exit ramp.  If coming from Erwin/Elizabethton, turn left off the ramp.  Follow North State of Franklin Rd. approximately 1.5 miles, while following the signs to Franklin Woods Hospital.  Turn left on Med Tech Parkway, and the building is located at the second right turn.  Enter the building through the entrance at the top of the hill/parking lot.  Take the elevator to the 3rd floor, and the clinic will be on your left. East Tennessee Brain and Spine are also tenants in the same building.

Andrew Morgan is Results Lead Therapist at the Johnson City clinic.  Andrew joined Results in 2011 after graduating from West Virginia University with a DPT.  He has 4 years of experience in the Outpatient Physical Therapy setting.  Andrew holds certifications in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, training in McKenzie, trigger point dry needling, and Functional Capacity Evaluations.  He has a personal background in powerlifting, plyometrics, sprinting and strength training.

The Johnson City location specializes in treating post-surgical conditions for back and neck, carpal tunnel, Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, headaches, athletic injuries, shoulder pain, knee pain, and vertigo.

The Johnson City Clinic also provides treatment for pelvic health conditions for men and women including pelvic pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and pregnancy related conditions in women.

All of our therapists have advanced training in pelvic health and incorporates it with a “hands-on” approach with a specific exercise program.  This unique approach helps patients progress towards self- management of their symptoms and impairments effectively and efficiently.

The therapists in the Johnson City Clinic include:

Melanie Abbott, PT, DPT

Hampton Cove Results Physiotherapy

November 14, 2013 by  
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324 Sutton Road SE, Suite B
Owens Cross Roads, Alabama 35763
Phone  256-288-0045
Fax 256-288-0046

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The Hampton Cove clinic is Results 5th location in the Huntsville region.  Hampton Cove is a master-planned community located in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama.  Hampton Cove is in Madison County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. This clinic offers convenient access to South Huntsville, Hampton Cove, Bailey Cove, and Owens Crossroads region.  The clinic is located immediately off 431 on Sutton Road, next to the Walmart, in the same shopping center as Mandarin House, Anytime Fitness and Sweet CeCe’s. When driving east or west on Sutton Road, the clinic can be accessed from the main entrance of the Walmart, the side entrance on Taylor Road, or the entrance at Taylor Lane.

Bo Brawner is Results Lead Therapist at the Hampton Cove clinic.  Following his orthopedic internship in our Hixson, TN location, Bo Brawner joined Results to further develop his skills as a manual therapist.  He has taken advantage of the many opportunities that Results offers through The Institute of Advance Musculoskeletal Techniques ( to fulfill that desire, and he is currently working toward his COMT.  Bo recently completed his training in dry needling and has a wide variety of treatment techniques from his background and education at The University of North Georgia.  He is excited to be a part of the very talented group of therapists bringing world class manual physical therapy to the state of Alabama.

The Hampton Cove clinic specializes in running and sports injuries, along with manual therapy, headaches, neck/ back pains, shoulder pain, hip pain, knee pain, and foot/ankle pain.  The clinic is also an excellent resource for vertigo, dizziness, and balance issues.

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