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Oh, your aching back? A real pain in the neck?

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For too many people, the reaction to those common questions is a resounding “Yes!” Low back and neck pain trouble a number of CHP members. Now, a new program is doing something about these aches and pains—with definite success.

The education and intervention program, a collaboration with the Center for Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, was conducted as a pilot study for one year. Approximately 170 patients achieved nearly 80% improvement in their pain after a little more than three visits. Physical ability or function scores improved on average from a capacity score of 59 on entering the program to 91 on completion.

CHP physician Charles Tomlinson, MD, worked on the pilot program with the Center’s Tom Kane, MS, PT (cert. MDT), and Chad Gray, PT (cert. MDT). Physical therapists Kane and Gray are pleased to provide the safe and effective treatment and education. If you feel that you might benefit from this program, please discuss it with your primary care physician or contact the Center. No authorization number is necessary. Contact the Center for Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy at 850-656-1837. Office location is 1834-A Jaclif Court, just off Capital Medical Boulevard. CHP members experiencing back and neck pain also can get additional information by calling a CHP Health Coach at 850-383-3400.