“I think the thing I love most is helping individuals return to their desired level of function. I love it when patients tell me that they are looking to return to wellness activities such as walking, jogging, weight lifting, or sporting activities. I'm just happy to be in a position to play a role in this process.”
A practicing physical therapist since 2015, A.J. Lee graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University.
Later, he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
In addition to his degrees, A.J. maintains certifications in Dry Needling, and SFMA-1, SFMA-2 (Selective Functional Movement Assessment).
The SFMA provides an efficient method for systematically finding the cause of the patient’s pain, not just the source.
Also, A.J. uses the McKenzie Mechanical Diagnostics Methods and Manual Therapy, a specialized method of assessing and treating spinal and extremity pain. With this approach, he can safely analyze the effects of repeated movements in order to decrease the patient's pain.
In addition, A.J. specializes in outpatient orthopedics.
A.J. practices a functional-based treatment approach. Many issues which patients experience are usually related to obstructions in their functional movement patterns.
Typically, patients discover new and often incorrect movement patterns in order to avoid pain. These avoidance strategies cause tissues to become unhealthy until they eventually fail.
Making a Difference
“That is where we can make a difference. We use our interventions and tools in order to "reset" the unhealthy tissues and restore function in order to correct these faulty movement patterns”, says A.J.
He continues, “Each patient that walks through our door presents with a different condition/circumstances. We as therapists must always remain open-minded and treat each person as an individual, not a condition.’
When asked about physical issues he sees often, A.J. says, “The biggest recurring issue is usually related to the prolonged exposure to bad postures our daily lives place us in. With the increase in sedentary jobs and use of smart devices, I find many patients develop pain with the abnormal stresses that we as a society place on our musculoskeletal system.”
Patients have described A.J. an easy-going personality which can be a calming influence for patients in pain.
A.J.’s life philosophy is that "you get out what you put in." He says “This means that no matter what activity that we are participating in, if we are completely engaged and participating fully, we will get something of value out of it. We see this very often in the PT setting. Our patients that are fully engaged in the completion of exercises and are diligent about completing them at home often get the most out of physical therapy.”