Crash Course

Injury rehabilitation program restores injured back muscle.

Maurice Smith’s life was changed dramatically in July 2014. Smith, a supervisor for a property management company, was hauling a trailer of trash to the dump when the vehicle he was driving was T-boned by a delivery truck traveling 60 mph.

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Maurice Smith

“They ended up having to cut me and my passengers out of our vehicle,” Maurice, 52, remembers. “The impact caused a major tear in the muscle on the left side of my lower back. I was in pain. It hurt to stand. It hurt to sit. On a scale of one to 10, my pain level was probably a nine all the time, and for two weeks, my mobility was minimal.

“I thought the only way to fix my problem was to have surgery to reattach the muscle. Then, my attorney told me about Halifax Injury Physicians and their injury rehabilitation program. At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to waste time doing chiropractic or any kind of treatment, but my wife said, Just go. Maybe it will help you, so I said, Okay, I’ll give it a try. I met with Dr. Utter, and he told me about everything they could do for me.

Halifax Injury Physicians is a full-service chiropractic practice in Daytona Beach. The office is devoted to the nonsurgical treatment of neck and back disorders that can result in severe pain and disability. Travis Utter, DC, is the practice’s owner and operator.

“At Halifax Injury Physicians, they gave me electrical muscle stimulation and manual therapy to loosen up the area in my back. After a couple of weeks, I started to feel a little better and could actually stand up without cringing. Eventually, my pain dropped to about a two or three.”

After receiving the treatments, Maurice continued with the rehabilitation protocol. As part of the therapy, Dr. Utter taught Maurice techniques to use in his daily life to prevent reinjuring his back.

“It’s a Miracle”

Maurice continued to receive rehabilitation services at Halifax Injury Physicians for about nine months until his back was strong again.

“I never had surgery, and my back feels great now,” he says. “I started doing more intense workouts to rebuild my lower back muscles, and I can now work without having the pain I was experiencing on a regular basis before.

“On long days or days when I know I’m going to be walking a lot, I wear the back brace that I got from Dr. Utter for added support. I feel blessed. By following the steps Dr. Utter showed me to maintain my back strength, I haven’t reinjured it. I highly recommend Halifax Injury Physicians. In fact, I already have.”

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