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On this episode of the Functional Freedom Podcast we listen to a presentation by Dr. Timothy Flynn recorded at the International Spine and Pain Institute’s Clinical Conference 2014 entitled PAIN, the only physical therapy pain conference in the United States.
The conference was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota June 20-22, 2014. This presentation was given on Friday, June 20, 2014 by Dr. Timothy Flynn.
In this address Dr. Flynn calls on physical therapists to step up to the plate and aggressively treat low back pain and be involved in pain management. He believes therapists are the best equipped to do this because:
- they love and care about their patients
- they promote less surgery, less imaging, less opiode drug use, and fewer injections
- there is much less cost and better results in terms of mobility, side effects and chance of survival
- time spent with patients is longer per visit
Dr. Flynn is a Board Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy with world renowned skills and expertise in treating lower back pain, chronic spinal disorders, failed back surgeries and chronic pain disorders. He is cofounder of Colorado Physical Therapist Specialists in Fort Collins, Colorado where he currently practices. He holds many honors and is currently a Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy at The Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Flynn’s research has led to published 5 textbooks, 6 book chapters and over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts on orthopeadics, biomechanics, and manual therapy. Dr. Flynn has achieved many awards and has served in many professional roles on boards and groups.
Be inspired as you listen to one of the most highly qualified physical therapists as he leads the charge for what physical therapists can provide with noninvasive procedures as compared to the popular spinal fusion and back surgery trend. Dr. Flynn believes in the value of treating patients with loving care and the knowledge therapists have as part of their professional training.
Resources mentioned in the episode include:
This was totally eye opening for me! Could you maybe summarize some of the facts from his talk about the success of early PT intervention vs. surgery? Or maybe link the reference?