Monday, December 10, 2007


Evidence-based drug free pain management is now in North Fort Myers!

Rehab and Pain Center, led by Dr. Diego D. Sausa, DPT, has opened its doors in its newest location. Rehab and Pain Center is a strong advocate for conservative pain management. They suggest utilizing evidence-based physical therapy and occupational therapy instead of addictive drugs or costly surgery.

"We have seen countless situations where a patient could have avoided surgery or addictive pain medicines if they went through physical therapy," said managing director, Don Sausa. "Physical therapy can make you functional again, allowing you to regain mobility or relieve pain without unnecessary injections. Our facilities can also assist with treating and preventing obesity, a disease which kills 112,000 Americans a year."

In addition to their new state of the art North Fort Myers facility, they have other locations in Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, and East Fort Myers. Rehab and Pain Center accepts Medicare and most private insurance.

For more information, or to setup an appointment, please call (239) 652-6812. They are located at 50 Pine Island Rd, Unit 4, North Fort Myers, FL 33903.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Study finds physical therapy reduces hospital stays

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Respiratory-failure patients who got physical therapy within 48 hours of the insertion of a breathing tube reduced their hospital stays, a U.S. study found.

Study leader Dr. Peter Morris of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., said patients who received physical therapy had an average hospital stay reduction of three days, including more than one day in an intensive care unit.

Initial therapy, or passive range of motion therapy, was provided by nursing assistants, with their training designed and implemented by physical therapists, explained Morris. The nursing assistants flexed the joints of patients' upper and lower limbs three times a day, seven days a week. As patients progressed, they received more advanced physical therapy from a physical therapist, Morris said.

There also was no addition to total hospital costs because the salaries of the employees who provided the physical therapy were offset by reduced lengths of stay in the hospital, Morris said.

The findings were presented at a meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Chicago.