- Matthew J. Geck MD is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who has a practice focused exclusively on spine and scoliosis surgery.
Often, a general physical therapist will start from scratch by forming their own evaluation and assessment, without the benefit of knowing what the original physician found out through diagnostic tests.
This general physical therapist often sees a wide variety of problems every day, such as patients with sore elbows, sore knees, and sore shoulders. In most cases, this general therapist has a very limited understanding of how to treat specific types of back problems. At best, a general physical therapist has taken a couple courses on how to perform therapy for a back or neck injury.
A general physical therapist may also rely too heavily on passive "modalities," such as ice, heat or ultrasound, to treat back pain. This may not be a good choice, as research has shown that using these passive treatments is NOT the best way to return someone to activity efficiently.
How our spine center differs:
Instead of sending a patient across town, Texas Spine and Scoliosis patients will be referred to an affiliated physical therapy center that specializes in spine where they will be connected with spine-specialized therapists who have advanced training in therapy methods. Rather than starting from scratch, this therapist works off of information gleaned from the spine physician's evaluation, picking up where they left off.
What does this mean for you?
Instead of receiving a general treatment approach, our affiliated physical therapists are
specialized in the treatment of back and neck pain. These therapists
have advanced, hands-on skills that can help relieve your pain and
get your injured muscles, tissues and spinal structures moving again.
Instead of a single school of thought, you get the benefit of being
treated by a specialist with a variety of skills who can choose the
ones that best match your particular problem.