September 23, 2020

To the staff at Therapy Unlimited,

Thank you so much for the excellent care you provided during my recovery with a broken knee and wrist. I really appreciated your expertise in developing the therapy regime to quickly regain my strength and mobility. The pool was a true highlight - it is just a gorgeous facility and water therapy was a key component of my recovery. And of course you all know how much I enjoyed the paraffin (wink!).

But truly, where Therapy Unlimited really shines is your staff. Every single one of you are so kind and pleasant - just genuinely nice people. That makes a difference - it was clear to me that everyone really cared about my recovery. I always looked forward to seeing your smiling faces (well, I could tell you were smiling under your masks!) and chatting with all of you.

Hopefully I won't need your services again for many years to come, but if I do, I would not hesitate to come back to your fantastic facility and staff!If I can provide a reference beyond this letter at some point - please don't hesitate to reach out.

~ Wendi W.

Thank you so much for helping aid my body in such a time of need. The staff at Therapy Unlimited is extraordinary. The are very present with their patients. Sam is extremely caring & compassionate. He always goes above & beyond to understand & help his patients. I highly recommend Sam & his assistants to anyone looking to improve their body’s needs. Thank you!

Erin V.

Back pain is generally diagnosed through a visit to your primary care doctor.  S/he should take a thorough medical history and physical exam which should identify any dangerous conditions or family history associated with your pain. You should be as detailed as possible when discussing your pain including the onset, site and severity; duration of your symptoms; limitations in movement; and a history of previous episodes or health conditions you may think are related. Your doctor may then determine additional tests are necessary such as blood work and imaging tests.  A variety of diagnostic methods are available to confirm the cause of back pain: 

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X-Ray Imaging includes conventional and enhanced methods that can help diagnose the cause and site of back pain. A conventional x-ray, often the first imaging technique used, looks for broken bones or an injured vertebra. With application of a low-dose ionized radiation beam, a picture is taken that within minutes, clearly shows the bony structure and any vertebral misalignment or fractures. This procedure is fast, non-invasive, and painless but it won't show tissue masses such as injured muscles, ligaments, or bulging discs. 

Discography involves injecting a contract dye into a spinal disc thought to be causing the pain. The dye outlines the damaged areas on the x-rays taken following injection.

Myelogram enhances diagnostic imaging of an x-ray. The contrast dye is injected into the spinal canal which then allows spinal cord and nerve compression caused by herniated discs or fractures to be seen. 

Computerized Tomography (CT) is quick and painless. This diagnostic tool is used when disc rupture, spinal stenosis or damage to vertebrae is suspected. X-rays are passed through the body at various angles and a computerized scanner then produces two-dimensional slices of internal structures. 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is also a non-invasive procedure used to evaluate the lumbar region for bone degeneration or injury or disease in tissues and nerves, muscles, ligaments, and blood vessels. Unlike the CT, an MRI produces either two-dimensional or three-dimensional images and can differentiate between bone, soft tissues and fluid-filled spaces. 

Electromyography (EMG) assesses the electrical activity in a nerve and can detect if muscle weakness results from injury or a problem with the nerves that control the muscles. Very fine needles are inserted in muscles to measure electrical activity transmitted from the brain or spinal cord to a particular area of the body. 

Bone Scans are used to diagnose and monitor infection, fracture, or disorders in the bone using a small amount of radioactive material.  Scanner generated images will then show irregular bone metabolism, abnormal blood flow or measure levels of joint disease. 

Thermography involves the use of infrared sensing devices to measure small temperature changes which can reveal the presence or absence of nerve root compression. 

Ultrasound Imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to obtain images inside the body. This technique can show tears in ligaments, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue.