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Beulah W.   “He has changed both of our lives . . .”

I first met Jamie Smith in March, 2010 when my mother was diagnosed with pneumonia. He was working with her on her strength until she was hospitalized for a hip replacement at the age of 88. After my mother was discharged from the hospital, she was being treated by another therapist who stated “That’s the best she's going to get.” He told us that she would never walk again. At that point, I knew I had to contact Jamie. In my heart, I felt that if anyone could beat the odds it was my mother, but only with Jamie’s help.

Once Jamie knew the facts and the diagnoses’, he began to treat her accordingly. Jamie motivated and encouraged my mother to fight for her mobility and independence. Within 2 weeks, I began to see progress and at the end of her treatment my mother had regained her strength and her confidence, and is now walking again.

Shortly after this, I began to experience some pain in my arm and needed some medical attention for myself. Because I had experienced Jamie’s patience and loving heart while he treated my mother, I knew that I could trust him with my own rehabilitation. Once again, Jamie listened and took time to explain his diagnosis to me, and I began to seek treatment at his clinic. Within days, I felt a huge difference in my symptoms. Shortly thereafter I began doing things I use to do, with one exception, I was pain free. Jamie told me that it would take 8 weeks, and at the end of 8 weeks, I was 100% healed.

Over these past few months, I have looked at Jamie not only as my physical therapist, but as a part of my family. He has treated my mother and me with respect, love and kindness. He has changed both of our lives and for that, I am forever grateful. Jamie Smith is, by far, the best Physical Therapist that I know.

Julie A., RDH   “. . . I have my life back.”

Because of the physical therapy treatments that I have received from Jamie Smith at Spine and Sports Specialties, I have my life back.

Before seeing Jamie, I had been through regular physical therapy for my neck a couple of times, but my symptoms of neck pain, headaches, and numbness in my hands always came back. I could not do the things that most people take for granted, such as vacuum and mop the floors in my house, or work in my flowerbeds. I am a dental hygienist and due to my neck pain, I was having more bad days than good days. I was only able to work part-time, and at one point I thought I was going to have to give up a career that I love.

Through the therapy treatments at Spine and Sports Specialties, Jamie taught me how to rid myself of the symptoms I was experiencing, and how to listen to what my body was telling me. He assured me that if I worked my plan of treatment to the end, I would heal my injury and be able to do most anything I wanted to.

Perseverance, persistence, and compliance were the keys to my recovery from my neck injury. I was in active treatment for over a year, and now I am working full time as a dental hygienist. I am not limited in doing the things that I enjoy. I have my life back!!!

Roy E.   “His “out of the box,” but common sense approach is what I needed.”

I have problems in both my back and neck, which have greatly affected the quality of my life. Jamie’s unique approach has improved my quality of life, and allowed me to manage my very stubborn problems, so that I have seen substantial improvement over time. His “out of the box,” but common sense approach is what I needed.

I see a unique quality in Jamie with regard to my issues in that he really listens and is genuinely interested in finding solutions. Jamie was not afraid to take on my difficult situation, separately treating both my back and neck, and has been very patient while working with me.

For me, his qualities go beyond just techniques, and are not something mere money can buy. I see him as a truly unique and caring health-care professional.

April W.   “My headaches are gone!”

My headaches are gone!

I came to Spine and Sports Specialties with an 18-year history of headaches and migraines, and the belief that I would have to cope with them for the rest of my life. As a parent and a nurse, I didn't have the luxury of slowing down, so I had learned to accept my daily headache and simply deal with the pain.

During my first visit, Jamie was able to determine the source of my headaches and literally decrease my symptoms within the hour. While I was skeptical, he was confident that following his plan would stop my headaches. Over the next few weeks, Jamie gave me the guidance to monitor my pain, and a plan of care that allowed me to consistently decrease the severity and frequency of my headaches.

Jamie's honest and straightforward approach kept me from getting off track, and within the first month, I was reporting headache-free days for the first time in years. My skepticism was gone, and after only three months, my headaches are gone as well.

My daily routine no longer includes coping with my pain, and I can honestly say my 18-year history of headaches has come to an end.

Amber M.   “. . . I finally found relief in my lower back.”

I am a 27 year-old college educated female. While generally healthy, I had experienced years of back pain and troubles. I was prescribed medication, sent to physical therapy, and even told to lose a few pounds. Over and over again, these treatment variations had little effect on my symptoms, and never successfully addressed my pain!

After months of unsuccessful treatment attempts, I heard about Jamie Smith performing alternative solutions at Spine & Sports Specialties right here in Gonzales. It wasn't until Jamie began working with me that I finally found relief in my lower back. Thanks to Jamie and the physical therapy exercises I learned during my time with him, I am much better.

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