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October is National Physical Therapy Month!

 National Physical Therapy Month was established in 1981 by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to raise awareness of the key role that physical therapists and physical therapy assistants can play in helping people find relief from pain, improve mobility and overall functional ability, and live healthier, more physically-able lives. According to the APTA, physical therapy professionals engage in efforts to “transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.”

At Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida, we love physical therapy for the wide range of possible benefits that far outweigh the risks involved with the often over-prescribed drug and surgery routes that far too many people are willing to quickly adopt. Our non-surgical back and joint pain specialists are here to improve Florida’s healthcare and the health of its residents by addressing the root cause of their musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Our modern, well-appointed, and comfortable office serves all of Manatee and Sarasota counties and is conveniently located in Bradenton.

Physical Therapy is a health profession that uses evidence-based kinesiology, exercise prescription, health education, mobilization, and modalities to treat chronic or acute pain and movement impairments resulting from injury, trauma, or illness. It’s been scientifically demonstrated to effectively treat low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other dysfunctions without the need for surgery or drugs. Pain medication is a common option for painful orthopedic conditions, but a good physical therapist will focus on finding the origin of your pain and work on improving the mobility of your painful areas, as well as the stability of the surrounding areas, instead of merely masking the pain with narcotics. By treating the underlying condition, they can often also preclude the need for surgery.

Physical therapy doctors complete 6-7 years of university training and clinical affiliations before graduating and becoming eligible to take the board licensure examination. Dr. Jonathan Mullis, PT, DPT graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2000, and obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Simmons College in 2005. Dr. Mullis also completed a one year fellowship program in the Norwegian Approach to Manual Therapy at the Institute of Manual Therapy in Woburn, MA.

Jay McLaughlin, PT, MA has been a Physical Therapist since graduating from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1977, and a Master of Science degree in Sport Medicine in 1986. During his career, Jay has developed expertise in a wide range of orthopedic rehabilitation, including post-surgical conditions, chronic pain, joint inflammation, headaches, neck pain, low back pain, gait dysfunction, Parkinson’s Disease, balance disorders, and vertigo.

Wonderful. Personal. Professional. Very caring. These are some of the common adjectives our current and past clients have used in describing our non-surgical back and joint pain specialists. We love hearing our clients’ success stories and about how we’ve helped them achieve the ability to move without pain, overcome vertigo, and avoid the need for drugs and surgery. Find out for yourself how we can help your joint pain or balance problems by requesting an appointment. Call us at 941-264-1414, email us at, or fill out our message form today!