What is a Bird Dog?

What is a Bird Dog?

On our continuous campaign of reducing lower back pain, we have given you an insight on different stretches that could be causing your back pain. Well, we still have one more for you! Chris demonstrates in the video below a stretch called the ‘bird dog’. This stretch allows a person to build stabilization to better their posture and secures the vertebra in which shifts around when we move. So click the picture below to start improving your stability today!

Our Continuous Motto of Driven Results

We are committed to providing each person with an exceptional, individualized experience that promotes healing and recovery in a safe, compassionate environment. We utilize many cutting edge therapy techniques as well as traditional physical therapy treatments. Learn more about our techniques and see why we’re Jacksonville’s Premier Physical Therapy Team. We treat a variety of diagnoses, so contact us and check out how Premier can help you today!

Hip Flexors and Hamstrings, Oh My!

In our previous email (sign up for our newsletter below), we discussed how having backing pain can be a result from other areas of the body. Not only can having tight hip flexors be a cause but additionally having tight hamstrings could also be a contributing factor. Chris explains and demonstartes a simple exercise to can help stretch tight hamstrings. Click the video below to start reducing pain!

Free back pain & sciatica workshop April 30th

Owner Chris Kopp will be presenting a free back pain and sciatica workshop at The Gym in Jacksonville Saturday, April 30th at 11:30 AM to help participants understand their pain, treatment options available, and prevention. Learn how to naturally heal your back pain, avoid surgery where possible and keep pain from returning.  Start enjoying life more or prevent your life from being interrupted by pain with this valuable workshop provided for free by Premier Physical Therapy. Please call ahead to sign up at 904-996-6922. When:  Saturday, April 30th 11:30 AM Where:  The Gym, 14255 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32250.   Eventbrite – Free back pain/sciatica workshop presented by Premier PT

Women’s Health

Women’s health revolves around many issues. We offer compassionate care and rehabilitation that emphasizes identification, correction and prevention of prenatal and postpartum musculoskeletal problems. We use a unique personal approach to evaluate, treat, prevent and educate you about women’s health issues such as:
  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Pregnancy-Related Back Pain 
  • Headaches
  • Postural Imbalance 
  • Osteoporosis
  • Patellofemoral syndrome 
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Breast Cancer
  • Sacral/Pubic/Ilial Dysfunctions
  • Spinal Disorders 
  • Arthritis
Our physical therapists consider your lifestyle, goals, and support systems. We also consider nutritional, emotional, and attitudinal factors, and the roles they may play in back problems and other women’s health issues.  The healthcare experts at Premier want to help identify and correct the issues leading to your discomfort.  We employ a variety of hands-on manual therapies, including:
  • Manual Therapy
  • Joint Mobilization 
  • Soft-Tissue Manipulation
  • Myofascial release
  • Neural Mobilization
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Stress Reduction
  • Massage Therapy
  • Personal Exercise Programs
  • Modalities
We have vast expertise and experience in pain relief and rehabilitation for all kinds of female musculoskeletal problems. We always put you first. In fact, no other rehab facility offers you as many value-added services and amenities – including private treatment rooms – as Premier. The health professionals at Premier have helped many women with musculoskeletal health issues. There’s an excellent chance we can help you, too.

Back To Normal Program

If you suffer from chronic and recurring back pain then try our Back To Normal™ program. We have developed a comprehensive program that offers permanent relief for many of our patients. Designed by board certified orthopedic Physical Therapist Chris Kopp PT, OCS, Eric Mason PT,  and Scott Entsminger DPT, Premier’sBack To Normal™ program customizes a six week treatment  just for you. This is a targeted treatment plan; specifically for your condition. Premier’s Back To Normal™ program has been specifically designed to educate, empower and encourage those patients who have given up hope of living a pain free life. Many of our patients experience back pain that originates from a variety of spinal structures including muscles, nerve roots, joints, discs, and soft tissues. Determining the specific causes of your pain and helping you understand how all these systems work together gives you a clear path to recovery.  When you are ready to experience the Premier difference, give us a call. We will talk with you, one on one to determine if this program is right for you.

Experience Matters:

Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist Chris Kopp PT, OCS, Eric Mason PT, and Scott Entsminger DPTare dedicated to providing the best possible treatment options for a wide range of back conditions. Call 904-996-6922 today to schedule an appointment when you are ready to get BACK TO NORMAL! 
  • 6 Week Program

  • Evidence Based Treatments

  • Nearly All Insurances Accepted

  • No Fads, Gimmicks, or Gadgets

  • Compassionate Hands-On Approach

  • Flexible Scheduling

  • Convenient Locations

  • Proven Success Rate

  • Results Driven Interventions

Patient Reviews:

“When I first started my Physical Therapy I was having a lot of trouble walking due to my back pain.  After the initial evaluation Chris performed some manual manipulation on my back while also talking to me about my condition, clearly explaining to me what he was doing and the benefits of it.  Chris has been very helpful in restoring my back so that I am able to resume my activities. It has been a positive experience for me and I highly recommend his facility.”  –Vicki M.     “When I first started going to Premier Physical Therapy my lower back thru my legs to my feet felt like a tightly wound and twisted rubber band.  I had a popping and clicking thing going on with my hip that didn’t seem right.  After my first visit, relief was immediate!  The popping and clicking stopped with in the first two sessions. After about 9 sessions my posture had improved and it doesn’t take me 10 minutes to get out of my car now.  My back is getting stronger and my legs are no longer stiff and tight.  I THANK GOD I found Chris and believe he has a true calling to help people.  His staff is friendly and professional.  I would recommend anyone seeking relief to go to Premier Physical Therapy.”                                                                                                                                                                                                  –G.B.   “I was having spasms below my shoulder blades.  Scott Entsminger DPT did my evaluation and worked out a treatment plan.  We worked on my posture and shoulder strength.  My pain was gone and my posture improved following my treatment.  Special thanks to Scott, Laura, and Sheryl.  They made my treatment easy and successful.”   –Marianne K.   “After 6 weeks of recovery from back surgery, fusion of L4-5, I was assigned P.T.  I quickly got an appointment and met with Scott who evaluated my condition.  All the staff were always pleasant and inviting.  Scott was very knowledgeable and shared pertinent information with me and answered my questions.  We worked on strengthening my core and back, as well as balance and flexibility.  Scott continued to examine my incision and worked on that tissue area.  I progressed exceptionally well and was released after 5 weeks.  I was given exercise information to continue working on at home.  I felt that it was time and the therapist did not extend my P.T. longer than necessary.  I would recommend Premier to anyone!”   –Sherron K.   “I was referred to Premier by my PCP Dr. Browning when I injured my back exercising.  Prior to my injury, I had experienced a sore back, but my injury brought a whole new level of pain and discomfort that seemed like it would never go away.  After an MRI, it was clear that I had a herniated disc in my lower back.  Within a week of beginning physical therapy, I had regained significant mobility that had been gone for at least 3 weeks.  Within 4 weeks, I was pain free and gaining confidence that I could return to vigorous exercise.  Premier continued to work with me until I was discharged, and I feel like I have been given the tools to work through this problem should the symptoms arise again.” –Brent Z.