Nancy Vannest: Physical Therapy

“Dr. Brewer was stellar. She’s knowledgeable and has a great bedside manner. We’re so lucky to have her at Henry Ford Allegiance.”

Nancy Vannest was enjoying a ski trip in California when she injured her leg. As a result, Nancy began to feel discomfort in her back and knew something wasn’t right. She decided to seek the advice of Henry Ford Allegiance Physiatrist Michelle Brewer, DO

After diagnosing Nancy as having a herniated disc, Dr. Brewer explained three options for treatment, sharing the benefits and potential risks of each one.

“Dr. Brewer was stellar,” Nancy said. “She’s knowledgeable and has a great bedside manner. We’re so lucky to have her at Henry Ford Allegiance.”

Nancy considered Dr. Brewer’s recommendations and opted for the most conservative approach—physical therapy. An appointment was made for her to see a physical therapist at Henry Ford Allegiance Physical Rehabilitation.

“My therapist stayed with me every minute of my therapy to make sure my posture was correct,” Nancy said. “She took time to explain everything, like the importance of developing a strong core to protect my back, so that I would know how to reinforce my therapy at home. She also carefully monitored my comfort level with each new exercise, and made therapy a pleasant experience.”

Thanks to two months of physical rehabilitation Nancy was able to avoid surgery. “My back is manageable now, and with my therapist’s help, I know what to do if I experience any discomfort. She educated me and made me feel like a partner in my own recovery process.”

Exercise can help prevent future back pain by improving your posture, strengthening your back and improving flexibility.