Physical therapists treat people of all ages and abilities. Here are some ways a physical therapist can help you.

Maximize Your Movement

Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of life, your ability to earn a living, and your independence. Physical therapists are movement experts who can identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems.

Participate In Your Recovery

Physical therapists work collaboratively with their patients and clients. Treatment plans are designed for each person’s individual goals, challenges, and needs.

Avoid Opioids

Opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. In some situations, dosed appropriately, prescription opioids are an appropriate part of medical treatment. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging health care providers to reduce the use of opioids in favor of safe alternatives like physical therapy for most long-term pain.

Avoid Surgery

Before you undergo expensive or invasive surgery, try physical therapy. For some conditions, including meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disk disease, treatment by a physical therapist has been found to be as effective as surgery.

At Gulf Coast Pain Institute we are proud to have Kendra Keyes Metcalfe, PT, DPT as our Physical Therapist.

Kendra Keyes Metcalfe attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology in 1991. Upon graduating with honors, she was accepted to the University’s Physical Therapy School in Memphis, Tennessee where she earned her Physical Therapy Degree in 1994.

Kendra is board certified and licensed to practice in the states of Tennessee and Florida. She has been practicing in the Pensacola area since 1996 and has over 20 years’ experience in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, with the last 10 years being devoted to Pain Management.  In 2016 Kendra completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy through the University of South Florida

Call 850-476-7072 and schedule your Physical Therapy appointment today!