Optimum DPT | Osteopractic Physical Therapy Specialists of Michigan
Persistent Neck Pain
I have had chronic headaches and neck pain for the past 4 years, and was continuously having to go to the chiropractor for adjustments. I would stress out about hurting, and that would just cause the aches and pain to come more often! I am very thankful that I decided to go a different route with my treatment options and pursue osteopractic physiotherapy. Since I met my physical therapist at Optimum DPT I have had great results, and am not worried about getting head and neck aches anymore. My physical therapist has given me such relief and great advice for treating myself at home. When I feel little aches start, I just do the prescribed home exercises… I haven’t had to come see him in a month! My headache and neck pain are under control, and I have no complaints! Thank You to all the staff at Optimum DPT, I couldn’t be happier!
Persistent / Chronic Shoulder Pain
A while back I’d made a promise to myself that if I were to find my way back to health again, that I would thank all of those who were able to help me find my way. Though I still have a little road ahead of me, you are the first I sincerely wanted to say thank you to! With your help I am finally able to honestly say that I can find joy in living again, which was something I was beginning to believe wasn’t possible. I truly thank you for sharing your knowledge & encouragement, and for pushing me even if I didn’t want to. I am forever grateful!
Cervical Disc Herniation
Two years ago I woke up with pain behind my right shoulder. I thought I had just slept on it funny or had pulled a muscle doing something the day before. Unfortunately, over the next 48 hours my pain got worse. I developed numbness in my arm as well as significant weakness. I made an appointment with my primary care doctor who ordered an MRI which confirmed my worst fears—I had 3 herniated discs in my neck. My doctor started me on steroid therapy and recommended physical therapy. As my symptoms got worse and my weakness increased I talked to some physicians I worked with as well as a chiropractor I had seen—they recommended that I consult a neurosurgeon. This was pretty frightening for me because I wasn’t really interested in neurosurgery, but I was worried that this could be a career ending injury. I wanted to try physical therapy and avoid surgery, but didn’t know what kind of treatment I needed.
I made an appointment at Optimum DPT, and at my first treatment I knew I made the right choice. My physical therapist spent a lot of time evaluating my condition and then reassured me that this was something that I could recover from. He then did some gentle mobilizations and a little bit of other hands-on work. I was really surprised at how much this helped on the very first visit! The other thing my physical therapist did was some dry needling. I was unfamiliar with dry needing-- I had tried acupuncture a couple of times without it relieving any of my symptoms-- but I was surprised that this different technique was able to resolve a significant amount of the radiating pain going down my arm as well as a lot of the numbness and tingling.
Two months later I was symptom free. Osteopractic physical therapy treated my pain and my weakness. It allowed me to avoid surgery, get on with my life and get back to doing the things that I love. Thank you Dr. Gaunt & staff at Optimum DPT!
Neck & Back Pain
IT Band Syndrome
The quality of service that I have received from Dr. Gaunt is second to none. He has worked on my back, neck and knee, all of which feel much better after his treatments. He is personable, professional, very well educated in the field of physiotherapy and most importantly, provides a service that works. If you're looking for a physical therapist who provides the highest quality at half the price, look no further than Optimum DPT. We are fortunate to have Dr. Gaunt in Emmet County!