Dennis Meyers injured both his upper and lower spine while on the job at a local manufacturing company. His injuries and need for rehabilitation resulted in a referral to St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, where he spent one month enrolled in the Structured Intensive Multidisciplinary Pain Program (SIMP).
Following an evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, Dennis met with his rehab team that included a physician, psychologist, nutritionist, vocational rehab counselor and physical, occupational and behavioral therapists. This team worked together to formulate a plan for his recovery, incorporating the appropriate amount of exercise, diet and physical rehabilitation.
“I just listened to the therapists and the benefits of the sessions we had. They point out exactly where you need the most help and then work with you to achieve these goals,” says Dennis. “It is a very wholesome and collaborative place.”
After a four week long occupational and physical therapy program, Dennis completed his rehabilitation but it didn’t stop him from working on his health. He signed up for a gym membership and attends six days a week. Keeping both his therapists and nutritionist’s advice in mind, he has completely changed his lifestyle. “Everything that they teach you at St. Luke’s is extremely beneficial,” he says. “I strongly recommend St. Luke’s to anyone who is looking for any type of physical rehabilitation.”
Dennis continues to work on his health and lives by the lessons he learned at St. Luke’s. “I love it here. I would love to come back and talk to patients in the pain program to encourage them to keep working hard, knowing that it definitely does pay off.”
St. Luke’s Pain Rehabilitation Program is the only CARF accredited pain program in the Inland Northwest, providing services to help patients better manage chronic pain, improve physical capabilities and return to work. It offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to treating pain with psychological, vocational, and physical and occupational based therapies.