Our chief physician is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, trained in the latest pain management and recovery therapies. After seven years as a physician and academic at Johns Hopkins University, she decided to take her knowledge and experience in treating pain and disability into the community. She combines her concern for all aspects of the care and health of her patients with her expertise in the field, allowing patients the highest possible level of recovery and mobility.
The dedicated and caring healthcare providers at Wellspring Clinic specialize in managing rehabilitation issues in conjunction with the patients' primary care physician and physical therapists. It's this dedication and concern for the suffering of others that fueled the desire of our chief physician to bring a comprehensive system of care to the community. The staff at the Wellspring Clinic share in this desire, and it shows in the level of compassion and care they provide to all of their patients.
The Wellspring Clinic also provides complete follow-up care in order to prevent a recurrence of your condition.
What is a Rehabilitation Physician? Rehabilitation physicians are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. Rehabilitation physicians have completed training in the medical specialty physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). They are sometimes referred to as PM&R physicians or physiatrists.
Rehabilitation physicians treat a wide range of problems from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. Their goal is to decrease pain and enhance performance without surgery.
Christina Paul joined Wellspring Clinic in 2013. She is an experienced electrodiagnostic technician and performs nerve conduction studies weekly, at the clinic.
What are Electrodiagnostic Studies?
They consist of EMG (electromyography) and NCS (nerve conduction studies). An EMG measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. Nerve conduction studies measure how well and how fast the nerves can send electrical signals.
Why are these studies done?
EMG may be done to find diseases that damage muscle tissue, nerves, or the junctions between nerve and muscle, for example a herniated disc, Lou Gehrig's disease or myasthenia gravis.
Nerve conduction studies are done to find damage to the peripheral nervous system, which includes all the nerves that lead away from the brain and spinal cord and branch out into the arms and legs, and the hand and feet. This test is used to help find nerve problems like carpal tunnel syndrome or Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Heck, BS, MA, PA-C
Cheryl L. comes to the practice with 33+ years experience as a Physician Assisstant. She completed her PA training here in Baltimore in 1984 and has extensive experience in Cardiology, Pain Management and Neurosurgery. Her neurosurgery skills were obtained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Neurosciences which included management of patients with VP shunts, pain pumps, spinal cord stimulators as well as other neurological conditions. She is a welcomed asset to the practice.