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Patient opts for evidence-based rehab device over surgery.

Stephen Mailloux never thought he’d find himself rooting against Tom Brady after all that the seemingly ageless quarterback had done for the Rhode Island native’s beloved New England Patriots.

Stephen Mailloux

Stephen Mailloux

Then came that rainy night in October, when Brady and his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, traveled to Massachusetts for a game against the Patriots.

“I never wanted to see Brady lose a football game before, but I was hoping he’d lose that one,” says Stephen, a 51-year-old maintenance supervisor whose wish didn’t come true as Brady brought the Bucs back for a 19-17 victory.

“Typical Brady,” sighed Stephen, who moved to Florida 18 years ago, just as Brady was beginning to make his mark in the National Football League. But Stephen has yet to lose his passion for the Patriots or New England’s comfortably cool, colorful autumn days.

“I miss the change of seasons, fall and spring especially, but I don’t miss the winters in New England,” Stephen confirms. “Those can be pretty harsh. And when you work outside a lot the way I do, it’s even worse.”

While Florida’s climate has generally made life and work easier for him, there was a period that began early last year in which aggravating left shoulder pain made it almost impossible for Stephen to work or do much of anything else, even sleep.

“I’m not sure how it happened, but a little more than a year ago, I started to get this pain in my shoulder, and it gradually got worse,” Stephen reports. “As it got worse, it started to go down my arm, and I had tingling and numbness all the way down to my hand.

The pain got so bad that he couldn’t lift anything over his head or do any work on ladders because it hurt to lift his arms. 

“Even lifting a five-gallon bucket of paint was hard. I’m actually quite fortunate I work for a great company because everyone was very supportive. If there was anything I could not do physically, they got me help and made sure I wasn’t overdoing it,” he says. 

“But I knew I couldn’t go on like that forever, so I visited an orthopedic surgeon. They did an MRI and said there was nothing wrong with my shoulder. They said the problem was in my neck, where they found four herniated discs.”

Wear and tear was deemed the likely cause. To correct the damage, the surgeon recommended a regimen of steroid injections and physical therapy. If those didn’t work, Stephen was likely looking at surgery.

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Uncertain about the injections and unwilling to undergo surgery, Stephen opted at first to simply rest his shoulder rather than treat it. Then a friend who had recently required treatment for neck and shoulder pain suggested Stephen visit Active Health Center.

Treatment on the MCU allowed Stephen to get back to work without pain.

Treatment on the MCU allowed Stephen to get back to work without pain.

Stephen followed up on that advice late last year. By then, his shoulder pain had traveled to his neck and was interrupting his sleep. In short order, though, Marc A. Weinberg, DC, recommended a treatment that would soon allow him to work and rest comfortably again.

That treatment included therapy on a technologically advanced nonsurgical device that is exclusive to Active Health Center in South Florida. The device is called the Multi-Cervical Unit, or MCU, which isolates and strengthens muscles around the neck.

An instrument in what doctors refer to as evidence-based medicine, the MCU records 16 ranges of muscle movement for strength to determine the areas of the neck where there are weaknesses, imbalances or a loss in range of motion. Once that data is revealed, a program is designed that allows the MCU to correct those problems.

It is considered the most effective, efficient system for assessment and rehabilitation of the neck.

Studies show that following MCU therapy, pain levels decreased 66 percent while strength levels increased more than 70 percent, with more than 90 percent of patients making a full recovery, according to Active Health Center.

An MCU session lasts 20 to 30 minutes, with patients going through three sessions a week for nine weeks. During that period, patients are retested at least three times to determine the effectiveness of the treatments.

“We retest the patient every nine visits and compare the results of those tests with the results we received from our original examination,” notes Colin O. Behrue, DC, at Active Health Center. “That shows us how well the patient is progressing. Based on those findings, we make clinical changes that help the patient continue to improve and build strength.”

Rapid Response 

Intrigued by the concept of a regimen that did not include injections or surgery, Stephen accepted Dr. Weinberg’s advice and began receiving treatment on the MCU in late 2020. Within a couple of weeks, he was already feeling the positive effects.

“He responded really, really fast, quicker I’d say than anybody I’ve treated,” Dr. Weinberg confirms. “After a couple of sessions, he was already feeling better and making great progress, so he continued on and completed the program.”

It wasn’t just the rapid results that kept Stephen committed to the program. He was also fascinated by the feedback the MCU provided. That allowed him to chart his progress.

“It’s an absolutely fantastic machine, and the diagnostic portion is great,” Stephen raves. “It tells you exactly where you’re weak and where you’re strong. It’s an invaluable tool, and it really helped me.

“My neck feels strong now; I have no shoulder or neck pain. I’m sleeping better and doing all the physical work I need to do. I’m even back playing golf and kayaking again, which is something I had to give up for a while.

“I’m really glad my friend suggested I visit Active Health Center because I was able to take care of this problem and get my neck back in shape without injections or surgery or any pills or painkillers.

“I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Weinberg and his staff. They’re all great, and they’re so incredibly organized and efficient. They’ve got a great system, and the MCU is a great treatment that I recommend for anyone with neck or shoulder problems.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photos courtesy of Stephen Mailloux. mkb
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