Dr. Rill Banks

"I attribute a lot of my well-being to the treatment I received at the Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida."

It started, literally, as a 'pain in the rear' for 79-year-old Dr. Rill Banks. "I was cleaning up the yard after a storm and noticed my buttocks was sore. It got progressively worse, with pain shooting down my leg into my foot," he said. "I went to my doctor and had x-rays and was referred for some outpatient physical therapy but it didn't help. I went to a chiropractor. I went to a massage therapist. I tried many things and nothing eased my pain. I was also having trouble walking because my foot would drop causing me to trip. It was pretty bad."

It turned out that Dr. Banks had bulging discs that were compressing the piriformis muscle (located deep in the hip and buttocks) and sciatic nerve. Ultimately, after two years of pain medication to ease the constant discomfort, Dr. Banks had spinal surgery to correct the problem. While the surgery relieved the pain, it was the intense physical therapy he received at the Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida in Destin that got him back on his feet and able to return to his busy, active lifestyle.

"I don't remember my surgery or much of anything until I arrived at the Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida," he said. "I was kind of goofy from pain medications for the first day or so." Dr. Banks said he went to rehab because at the time of his surgery his wife was quite ill with the flu. "She was in worse condition than I was and wouldn't have been able to help me." Instead he said his time at the center was just what he needed to get back on his feet.

"I had a very good experience and enjoyed my time there," he said. "I even liked the food! They taught me everything - how to get out of bed, how to walk, and how to do exercises that would help me get my balance back. The facility is terrific and has every type of equipment you might need for therapy." He said the staff there was extremely attentive to his needs and that everyone was professional and compassionate. "They were all just as kind as they could be."

Today Dr. Banks who is a licensed Prosthodontist, an expert in the restoration and replacement of teeth, still works one day a week at his old practice. He visits his buddies at Eglin Air Force Base (he's retired Air Force) where he participates in a mentoring program for young men. And, he practices those exercises he learned at the rehab center to continue improving his balance.

"I attribute a lot of my well-being to the treatment I received at the Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida," he said. "It is a terrific facility with great people and I highly recommend them to anyone who might need this kind of expert, high quality therapy."