By Jonathan Stiffler, PTA Spine Center Site Coordinator
Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Spine Team
What is the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Spine Team?
The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Spine Team is made up of physicians, physical therapists, massage therapists, and an acupuncturist. The team is split up between the two spine centers at our San Marco and South locations. The JOI Spine Team works in a vertically integrated system allowing strong communication between the physicians and the therapists in order to produce the best results in patient outcome. The spine team maintains communication regarding each specific patient as well as constantly collaborating on new and improved treatment and surgical techniques. In addition to rehab, the JOI Spine Team offers additional treatments including massage, acupuncture, and laser.
Spine Center Treatments
The JOI Spine Center Licensed Massage Therapist’s offer medically directed massage services, including those specifically designed to focus on soft tissue, spine-specific, and sports-related injuries. Currently, medical massages are offered at 4 JOI locations.
Another form of treatment that the JOI Spine Center offers is acupuncture. Acupuncture is a traditional form of medicine that has been around for over 2,000 years. It works by placing needles into energy flow points of the body resulting in healing effects.
Medical Laser Therapy
Lastly, all of the members of the JOI Spine Team are certified in medical laser therapy. Medical laser therapy works by penetrating damaged cells with the light from the laser. The changes in the cellular activity result in quicker healing times and decreased pain. This form of treatment is also offered at each of the spine locations in JOI’s network. Currently, medical laser therapy is offered at 3 JOI locations.
The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Spine Club holds bi-annual meetings. These meetings, which include all of the spine physicians as well as therapists from all of JOI rehab, are held so that both groups can discuss topics, protocols, and advancements in spine treatments. Furthermore, there are subsections in the spine club. Certain therapists work together to review protocols while others work on giving presentations, posting blogs and articles, and completing rounds with doctors. This all plays a vital role in the vertical integration system that JOI has put in place with its physicians and therapists in order to fully enhance patient outcome.
If you want to learn more about the spine from our medical library, go to: https://www.joionline.net/trending/back-and-neck
For more information on the Spine Team, click here, or call JOI-2000