Spinal care should be provided by a delicate, knowledgeable physical therapist to ensure therapies are done carefully and accurately. Our specialists are trained to offer rehabilitation for spine conditions both pre and post-operative.
A patient is usually released from the hospital two to five days after surgery and can resume physical activities such as walking almost immediately. Normal postsurgical pain will occur for a few weeks. Physical therapy is usually recommended to help strengthen the muscles of the lower back and abdomen. Total recovery takes anywhere from six weeks to six months, depending on how advanced the condition was at the time of surgery and the patient’s preoperative neurological condition. Healthier patients tend to heal faster. Physical therapy is recommended to speed healing, decrease pain, and strengthen the spine.
We specialize in a variety of treatment methods for our patients to help them recover from spinal injury or surgery. We believe that your journey to healing is vital, and want to create a program that is right for you.
Specialty: Orthopedic Conditions, Post-Operative Rehabilitation, Gait and Balance
Specialty: Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, Low Back Pain
Specialty: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and Low Back Pain, Cervical Pain, Balance Training
Specialty: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
Bio: Sarah has been with Gainesville Physical Therapy since 2004. She grew up in Athens, GA and graduated from Athens Technical College in 2004. She currently lives in Jefferson, GA with her two children and dogs. Sarah actively participates with cub scouts and enjoys outdoor activities like camping, hiking and swimming. Specialties include treatment of sacroiliac joint dysfunction and the restorative disc program.
Specialty: Manual Hand Therapy
Bio: Ree has been involved in physical therapy for over 36 years. He worked as a physical therapy specialist in the U.S. Army from 1977 to 1980. He also worked as a technician in acute care at Lanier Park Hospital from 1980-1987. Ree has been at Gainesville Physical Therapy since 1987. In 2004, he got his Associates Degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) at Athens Technical College. He specializes in hand treatment and the custom fabrication splints.
Specialty: Shoulder Rehabilitation, Therapy of the Knee, Manual Therapy
Bio: Darren has been with Gainesville Physical Therapy for 15 years. He graduated from North Georgia College and State University in 2007 as a physical therapist. Darren practiced Exercise Physiology for 5 years in the US and Canada before returning to school to become a physical therapist.
Specialty: Certified Hand Therapy, Manual Therapy, Post-Operative Spine Rehabilitation
Bio: Kristy Basinger, PT, CHT has practiced physical therapy in Gainesville since 1995. Her clinical specialties include hand therapy, orthopedic manual therapy, and her favorite modality is dry needling.
Specialty: Industrial Rehabilitation, Arthritis Education, Manual Therapy
Bio: Joanne Hamilton, PT is a Clinical Co-Director of Gainesville Physical Therapy, and has given national presentations on various topics, including Functional Capacity Evaluations, Validity Testing, Management of Injured Workers, and Work Site Assessments.
Specialty: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction & Low Back Pain, Total Joint Rehabilitation, Manual Therapy
Bio: Jeff Skorput, PT joined Gainesville Physical Therapy in 1987. He completed his certificate program in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 1984. He teaches continuing education courses on the topic of Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Evaluation and Treatment.
Specialty: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction & Low Back Pain, Hand Therapy, Manual Therapy
Bio: Vicki Sims, PT, CHT is a Clinical Co-Director of Gainesville Physical Therapy. Vicki has helped pioneer diagnosis and treatment for Sacroiliac Dysfunction since 1985. She is the co-author of four clinical papers on the sacroiliac joint, and author of “The Definitive Book on the Treatment of SI Joint Dysfunction.”