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Treating Pain with Pilates - Physical Therapy

For Anna Stephanz, Pilates exercises helped her regain her life. “For me, Pilates has become a lifestyle. I went through scoliosis surgery back in 2007 when I was 14, and the last year or so I started having some back problems.” When the pain started interfering with her work at Golisano Children’s Hospital, she knew it was time to get help. “Anna was a great candidate for Pilates because she already had the spinal surgery, so her spine was corrected with the rods, but she was experiencing low back pain just from moving,” explained Diana Rippl, rehabilitation services manager at Lee Health. Pilates therapy combines exercises with breathing techniques to help patients improve their strength, mobility, and stability. “Really, all types of patients are great for Pilates. We treat neck patients with Pilates, ankle, knee, foot, all body parts, but most people think of the spine,” Rippl said. Anna noticed improvements after just a few sessions of Pilates therapy. “They were able to teach me so much more that I’m able to do and just kind of show me how to use my core and how to use my body,” she said. While she’s completed her therapy, Anna continues her Pilates exercises three days a week. “I’m back to doing things that are job duties, that I’m supposed to be doing every day, and now I’m able to do them and get through the day, and go home and still feel great,” she said. Techniques that are helping patients improve their quality of life. View More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/ Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit LeeHealth.org