Physical Therapy/Active Rehab

Patient is receiving active rehab for neck and back pain following injury from an auto accident. This resisted stretching exercise will help strengthen the muscles in her neck and back, improving her pain and overall health.

The purpose of physical therapy rehabilitation is to restore some or all of the patient's physical, sensory, and mental capabilities that were lost due to injury (sports injury or due to a car accident), illness, or disease. At Tampa Spine and Wellness, we have a physical therapist on staff as part of the team Justin Spiegel PT, DPT, CMP.   Justin Spiegel hails from upstate New York where he graduated from Houghton College in 2003 with a Bachelors degree in Biology and minors in both athletic training and psychology. Upon graduation he entered graduate school at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007. While attending graduate school he participated in several research projects centered around neuro-musclular junctions and is awaiting publication of the study entitled: “Neuromuscular Synapse Elimination is Delayed Following NMDA Receptor Blockade in Neonatal Mice.” Personius KE, Spiegel JM, Supple KH, Karnes JL.  In 2007, Justin relocated to Tampa, Florida with his wife and began his career in outpatient therapy.  Justin has significant interest in the fields of manual therapy as well as vestibular rehabilitation (including vertigo, dizziness and balance disturbances), which has melded well with the home care and outpatient population. Justin also followed his manual therapy interests and has gained certification in the Mulligan Concept, which is based on pain-free mobilization of joints through the range of motion. Justin is just one of five clinicians certified in this technique in the state of Florida. For more information, please visit


Physical therapy rehabilitation includes assisting the patient to compensate for deficits that cannot be reversed through traditional medical treatments.  Active physical therapy rehab helps the patient restore the use of muscles, bones, and the nervous system through the use of heat, cold, massage, ultrasound, exercise, and other techniques. It seeks to relieve pain, improve strength and mobility, and train the patient to perform important everyday tasks.  Physical therapy rehab may be prescribed to rehabilitate a patient after surgical repair or replacement of joints such as the shoulders, hips, knees, arthritis, after surgery for the neck and back, neurological problems (numbness or tingling down the arms or legs), sports injuries or injuries do to a car accident, spinal cord injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, and other injuries/illnesses. The duration of the active rehab/physical therapy program varies depending on the injury being treated and the patient's response to therapy.