Your First Visit
Your first visit to Ford Physical Therapy, providing relief for patients with TMJ, headaches, pain and injuries in Tupelo and Northeast Mississippi, will begin with a thorough evaluation of your injury or condition.
“I need to answer four questions, and those four questions will be dealt with at the first meeting, without exception,” says Aaron Ford, Doctor of Physical Therapy and clinic owner.
He said people come to see him because they have pain, but before he can treat pain effectively, he has to determine the answer to the first question: “Where does the pain come from?”
“For example, you could have a shoulder pain, but I have to determine if the pain is actually coming from your shoulder, or if the root of that pain is actually in your neck,” he explains.
Question two is: Is physical therapy going to be beneficial for you?
“I need to know whether the patient will be able to leave in better shape than when they came in,” he said.
Question three is “What do we need to do to get you better?”
Ford says he has to figure out which of the many treatment options he can provide will work best for you.
Question four is “How quickly can we get you out of our clinic and back to your normal life?”
“People come in and they always want the answer to Question 4 right away, but you can’t answer that until you find the answers to Questions 1, 2 and 3,” he explained.
At your first visit, you will receive your first physical therapy treatment if he determines it will be beneficial, so please wear comfortable clothing.
Bring with you any notes from your doctor as well as a list of any prescribed or over-the-counter medications you take regularly.
You will receive a series of prescribed exercises to do between your visits to the clinic so you can be a partner in your own recovery process.
We are located inside a doctor’s office and you need a doctor’s referral to receive physical therapy treatment. If you are from Mississippi and you do not have the referral, we can arrange for you to go next door to see a doctor first.
Ford Physical Therapy, providing relief for patients with TMJ, headaches, pain and injuries in Tupelo and Northeast Mississippi, accepts all major insurance providers including Medicare, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Acclaim, United Health Care, Tri-Care, and Veterans Affairs (VA).
We also have a self-pay option.
Ford Physical Therapy is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and after hours by appointment.
To book an appointment, phone 662-554-9699.
TMJ issue resolved
Without even knowing it, I was clenching and grinding my teeth together in my sleep, likely for many years, and ultimately I was experiencing severe pain that I thought would be with me forever. It was even hard to describe the pain: sometimes it felt like my whole face hurt, other times I thought it was a severe ear-ache.
My doctor referred me to Dr. Aaron Ford, a physical therapist, and he spent time examining me and listening to me describe how it felt. He figured out that I had temporomandibular disorder. This is pain in the joint that connects my jaw to the temporal bones in my skull.
My problem was the clenching and grinding I was unwittingly doing in my sleep.
He developed a personalized program of physical therapy and between my visits to the clinic and my prescribed home exercises, I experienced relief in a very short period of time.
I am so grateful to be pain-free again. Thank-you for listening to me and helping me!
Chronic headaches were driving me crazy
Before I had chronic headaches I was the person who was ready to enjoy life at every opportunity, to go out with friends and have adventures.
But over time, my headaches became so severe and unpredictable that I could barely keep up with my work and daily duties. I had no energy for a social life and I was becoming depressed from the constant pain.
I was surprised when my family doctor suggested I visit a physical therapist, and I confess I went with no expectations of relief.
But to my joy, Dr. Aaron Ford worked miracles for me. He took the time to determine the source of my pain and address it with hands-on therapy and home exercises.
Thanks to Dr. Ford, I am so grateful to get my life back and go back to enjoying good times with my friends. I only regret I did not find him earlier.
Achieved goal thanks to physical therapy
After I turned 50 I lost a lot of weight and started to run and I was so happy to finally have time for myself and get my body back into shape.
I set a tremendous goal for myself: I wanted to run half a marathon by the time I was 55.
About one year before I was planning to test myself in this way, my knees started to give me excruciating pain and I thought I would have to put my dream on the shelf.
I was referred for physical therapy and was lucky enough to end up with Dr. Aaron Ford, who was actually a triathlon competitor himself. I found that he really understood my goals and didn’t make me feel I was reaching too far for my age.
Instead, he determined my running injury and treated it, and helped me to condition myself with a series of home exercises so I could prevent the injury from recurring.
With his help and continued support, I was able to achieve my goal! What a life moment that was!
I am so appreciative to Dr. Ford for his belief in me and assistance in helping me live life as actively as I wanted to.
Sports injuries made better
I am writing to say thank-you on behalf of my mother who sustained an injury playing tennis, her new sport of choice at 72.
When she twisted her ankle, she called me and was so distraught because she thought she would never be able to play again.
I got her to her doctor’s quickly and she suggested physical therapy would be best for a complete recovery. We were referred to Aaron Ford, physical therapist at Ford Physical Therapy.
We were both so pleased with how Dr. Ford focused on getting her healed and back to her favorite sport as quickly as possible. With manual therapy and prescribed exercises, she learned how to better prepare herself for her games and to avoid risking re-injury.
Being a recreational athlete does her a world of good, and we are so grateful to Dr. Ford for recognizing that sports matters at every age.