Back Pain? Physical Therapy can help

Story Number: NNS181220-15Release Date: 12/20/2018 1:57:00 PM
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By Yan Kennon, Public Affairs Senior Writer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Patients with back pain can now directly book an appointment with Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Physical Therapy Clinic without seeing their primary care manager, if they meet certain criteria.

Physical Therapy typically sees patients within one to two business days.  Criteria for this service include that patients not have back pain for more than 90 days, no recent motor vehicle accident, and no other current medical needs.

Physical Therapy can successfully manage back pain with physical manipulation, exercise, and education.  If needed, Physical Therapy can also refer you to a specialist, prescribe medication, and order images (like an MRI).  Seeing a physical therapist first can help return you to everyday activities, and reduce the need for higher-risk treatment like surgery.

To schedule a physical therapy appointment, call 904-542-7375.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville deliver quality health care, in an integrated system of readiness and health.  NH Jacksonville includes five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia.  It serves 163,000 active-duty and retired sailors, Marines, soldiers, airmen, guardsmen, and their families, including about 83,000 patients who are enrolled with a primary care manager.  To find out more, visit

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2018) " Lt. Cmdr. Peter Angell, a physical therapist at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, conducts an adjustment during a low back pain appointment. Early treatment with a physical therapist can improve the way the patient moves and reduce pain. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville/Released).
December 20, 2018
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