Medical Marijuana

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

It’s no surprise there is a rising interest in medical marijuana (MMJ), especially in the medical field. Johanns Gammel, a PTA who co-owns EDGE PT, has worked with patients with multiple sclerosis. MS causes twitches, spasms, and sometimes even ‘jumps’. These episodes make it extremely difficult for a physical therapist to implement a proper plan of care, but with the use of MMJ, Gammel says “sometimes, the spasms, twitches, and pain subside within 1 minute. This allows me to stretch his legs, which are tight from the disease and from his being in a wheelchair. The effects of MMJ help him get the proper manual therapy to be able to move.”

Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson disease are all conditions addressed by physical therapists. These conditions have medical indications that MMJ will help with the symptoms associated with it. PTs and PTAs are increasingly advocating for MMJ use over the use of opiates, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatories.

Even though MMJ is legal in many states, there is still resistance. It’s important that PT’s provide education on what’s happening without bias. If patients are having poor pain control or functional status because of their discomfort, a conversation should be had about MMJ.

Joint & Spine Physical Therapy is hosting a Medical Marijuana Certification event for people who live with chronic pain and want to take a step in improving their quality of life. We are partnering with Keystone Shops and Dr. Sara Abbruzzi of Herbal Wellness RX. Call 484-919-6516 to schedule an appointment, details below.

  1. Thursday, January 16th, 3 – 7 pm

  2. Berwyn office – 555 Lancaster Ave. 19312

  3. New patients: $125

  4. Recertification: $50

  5. must bring valid PA ID & documentation of condition

  6. CASH ONLY no atm on site

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