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We’ve Got Your Back!

Posted on June 16, 2015 by

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We love to tell patients that at Imagine, our goal is to get you “Better Faster” and to keep you “Better Longer”. Based on two new studies, we can now say that of the patients we’ve treated with low back pain (LBP) who chose to come to us or were referred to us within 90 days of their initial LBP episode, we’ve most likely also helped you keep a “Better Bank Account”.




Maybe you’re shaking your head saying–“Nope, you helped with my pain, but not my bank account!”. Please consider with us one recent study that analyzed 122,723 patients who went to a primary care physician following an initial episode of LBP and received PT within 90 days. Twenty-four per cent of these patients received PT within 14 days and adhered to the guidelines of their treatment plan. The study found that “in a 2-year time period, these patients made significantly less use of advanced imaging, lumbar spinal injections, lumbar spine surgery, and opiods than did patients in other combinations of timing and adherence” (APTA News Release, April 2015). These treatments–injection, surgery, opiods, imaging–all cost lots of money. We encourage you to give PT a shot (no pun intended) first. We want to help you avoid costly and unnecessary treatments…while getting you better!


John Mart, a veteran (29 years!) Physical Therapist states: “You WILL get better faster and stay better longer if you see your Physical Therapist when you hurt your back. We will be able to differentiate if your back pain is due to nerves being pinched, muscle spasms or joint restrictions. We will decrease your pain and show you how you can decrease your pain on the first visit.”


Not convinced we can or did save you money? A second study released this year looked at PT treatment versus imaging for patients with low back pain. The study “analyzed utilization records and other health information for patients who consulted with a primary care provider about uncomplicated LBP and were referred to management outside primary care within 6 weeks” (APTA News Release, March 2015). What they found?


1) Initial PT (average 3.8 visits) cost $504 on average versus $1,306 for and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).


2) Average subsequent cost over the next year were nearly 72% lower for patients who began with PT ($1,871  compared with $6,664) versus beginning with imaging over the same time period.


3) Authors discovered that patients who receive imaging as a first referral increased their likelihood of surgery, injections, specialist visits and emergency room visits


For more information about this study, please visit the American Physical Therapy Associations News Release on the study, or the study itself here. 


Bottom line–We’ve Got Your Back! We’d love to hear YOUR testimonials of how we helped your back pain. Please share with us by emailing

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Good Eats and Treats: Marsha’s Tomato Pie and 125 Year Old Walnut Cake

Posted on June 16, 2015 by

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Our recipes this month were generously provided by Marsha, a long-time friend of Imagine. Marsha is a brilliant Pediatric Physical Therapist who has treated both children and siblings of some of Imagine’s Physical Therapists. When she needed some rehabilitation, we were certainly honored she chose us! During her time in our Daniel Island office, Marsha was AWESOME about bringing in goodies, so we know she can cook. We therefore asked her to submit her favorite recipes for our newsletter, and she kindly obliged. Please enjoy two of her favorites– the seasonally appropriate “Marsha’s Tomato Pie” and her never-out-of-season (never out of century?) 125 Year Old Walnut Pound Cake (her spin on an ooooold pound cake recipe)! We’d love your feedback on the recipes….or a recipe from YOU for next months newsletter! Shoot us an email at Enjoy!

Marsha’s Tomato Pie



1 package of Ritz crackers, crushed

1 stick of melted butter

4-6 ripe tomatoes (depending on size), sliced

1 Vidalia onion, sliced thinly

6 oz freshly grated (not pre-grated!) extra sharp cheddar cheese (such as Cabot)

1/2 block feta, crumbled

1 to 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce

Lite mayo

Fresh basil and thyme (lots)


Directions: Place sliced tomatoes on paper towels to remove excess moisture (approximately 30 minutes). Mix together melted butter and crushed crackers. Place 1/2 to 2/3 of cracker mix in bottom of deep dish pie plate; tap down. Place in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove when crackers are brown-don’t burn! Mix together extra sharp cheddar cheese, feta cheese, worcestershire and enough lite mayo to make it pasty (real chefs often don’t use measurements…so many of us will struggle with this 😉 ). Add in thyme and basil “to taste” (it will take more than you think!). Layer 2/3 of tomatoes and Vidalia onion on browned crust; top with cheese mix. Top with the rest of the onions and then tomatoes. Top with cracker mix to cover. Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


125 Year Old Walnut Pound Cake

Yum. Just Yum.



1/2 pound butter

1/2 cup shortening

5 eggs

3 cups flour

3 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon rum flavoring

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups chopped walnuts


Directions: Cream butter and shortening with sugar. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each. Add flavoring. Mix quarter cup of flour with nuts. Add remaining flour mixed with baking powder alternating with cream (start and end with flour). Fold in nuts. Bake in a grease and powdered tube pan at 325 degrees for 1 hour 40 minutes.

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Around Town: What Are We Going to do Today?

Posted on June 16, 2015 by

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It’s June! What’s that mean? Your kids/grandkids/nieces/nephews are out of school and the inevitable (and often scary) question is asked: “What are we going to do today?”. We thought we would provide you with some ‘cool’ options. Some cool as in ‘pretty awesome’ and cool as in ‘sweat free’. Many of these are inexpensive or practically free as well!



Dollar Movies!!!


This summer on Tuesdays and Wednesday at 10am, Palmetto Grande in Mount Pleasant and Charles Towne Square in North Charleston are both offering movies for $1. Click here for a list of the scheduled movies. No catch–all ages cost only $1! Food and drinks are priced the same as always (maybe that’s a bit of a catch?!!).



Kids Bowl for Free-All Summer Long


By signing up here, kids can bowl two games a day (Monday-Friday) for free, all summer long. You do have to pay for shoes (around $2.99 to rent). Pinz (formerly Sparian) is offering this deal in Mount Pleasant, and Royal Lanes is offering in Goose Creek. Bowling is no longer limited to older, stronger kids! With bumpers always an option, and also a ‘ball spotter’ that acts like a slide for the bowling ball (for younger kids who don’t have the strength to roll the ball down the lane), bowling can truly be a family event! We’ve seen 2 year old having fun bowling!



Dad’s Morning Out at Blackbeard’s Cove


Where: 3255 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466


Dad’s are FREE and kids are only $5.00! Come and enjoy unlimited Go-Karts, Putt-Putt, Climbing Wall and Jump Land every Saturday morning from 9:00am – 11:00am! Complimentary Coffee and Donuts! Oh and if Moms (or whomever else) would like to enjoy this offer too, you’re more than welcome, come on in, Moms!



Charleston County Waterparks


Well worth the price of admission! Take a look here at the three waterpark options made available through the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. Whirlin’ Waters in North Charleston is great for the whole family as is Splash Zone located on James Island. Splash Island in Mount Pleasant is best for toddlers and preteens. Make a visit to each this summer-you won’t regret it!



Charleston Museum Family Fun Event: Dino-Mite

Where: Charleston 360 meeting street
When: June 20, 10-12
Who: family friendly
How: just show up
Cost: FREE for Museum members and FREE with admission ($10/adults, $5/children, under 3 free).


Explore dinosaurs and creatures of the Jurassic age and more with this special family event. Natural History Curator Matt Gibson will be on hand to answer questions about dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. Children will get to paint their own dinosaur puzzle, create a dinosaur glider and excavate a dino egg. Explore specimens from our collection including Pelagornis Sandersi, the largest known flying bird.

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Did you know?

Many insurance companies now cover Physical Therapy WITHOUT a doctor's referal.

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