Don’t underestimate the value of 40 years of practice. I am committed to excellence in the delivery of care to post surgical spine patients
I have had nearly 40 years of experience as a therapist, but for the past 30 my focus has been on spine care. With this focus in mind, I completed a PhD in order to have a more in-depth understanding of this particular patient group. My dissertation consisted of a clinical trial on early PT intervention following cervical spine surgery, and since we did not have much evidence to work with when developing our protocols for patients following spine surgery it has become my goal to expand on this evidence. With this goal in mind, I am committed to teaching you the fundamentals of pre and post-op spinal care for successful outcomes. -Carol McFarland, PT, PhD, OCS
Carol McFarland, PT, PhD, OCS, is a 1975 graduate of Boston University with a BS in physical therapy. She completed her MS in kinesiology at University of Texas at Tyler in 1986 and then received her Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1990, which was renewed in 1998. She practices in an outpatient spine center in Texas and has worked closely with the neurosurgeons in this practice since 1992. She collaborated with therapists throughout east Texas to develop rehabilitation protocols specifically for follow-up to many of the surgical and injection spine procedures. She presented these protocols through the Texas Physical Therapy Association and American Back Society several times, and published a book on the postsurgical protocols for the lumbar spine.