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Barbie's Rehab Story

Mar 3, 2020

Barbie Deen, rehab patient, Florida Medical Center

portrait of DeenBarbie Deen moved from California to South Florida about a year ago, and she was excited to embark on a new adventure and begin the next chapter of her life. However, soon after the move, she started experiencing severe shoulder and neck pain, which made it difficult to enjoy her new surroundings.

After researching physicians in South Florida, Barbie came across Dr. Fawwaz Mohiuddin, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Florida Medical Center, who was rated highly in patient satisfaction. Upon meeting him, she found him to be genuine, and he gained her confidence immediately. He determined the cause of the pain in her shoulder to be from left shoulder impingement syndrome with a cervicotrapezial strain and spasm due to overuse. It was most likely aggravated during her recent move.

“Dr. Mohiuddin took the time to explain every detail to me. He really listened with a whole heart and didn’t make me feel like just another name on his chart,” Barbie says. “After further evaluation, he determined that physical therapy was the best option for me to strengthen the muscles in my shoulder and rotator cuff.”

Dr. Mohiuddin referred Barbie to the Rehabilitation Institute of Florida at Florida Medical Center, and from the moment she started therapy, Barbie was amazed by the level of care she received from the dedicated physical therapists that treated her. After completing outpatient therapy for six weeks, about three times a week, she was thrilled to see positive results.

“They have all been so supportive and kind and even made themselves available to me through email in case I have any questions,” she says. “I still return to FMC from time to time to ensure I am doing the exercises correctly from home so I can continue to progress.”

Today, Barbie is pain-free. But if she ever experiences a flare up, she feels comforted knowing she can return for another round of physical therapy and be pleased with the high level of customer care.

“It is a wonderful feeling knowing that I have a trustworthy resource I can count on to help me better care for myself,” Barbie says. “Through encouragement, a positive attitude and determination, the staff at FMC has given me peace of mind and the inner strength to overcome my injury and live my life to the fullest!”

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