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Kaizen Physical Therapy

3326 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard
Durham North Carolina , 27707
United States

Neck Pain

I’m thinking if I ever need physical therapy for any reason, I will seek you out. This experience has been like no other physical therapy I’ve had, and I’ve been through it a number of times. I keep telling my mother that her husband should visit me just to see you. 

And you’ve given me some tools. I’m reminded of the saying about giving a man a fish. You can feed him for a day or teach him to fish so he can be fed for life. I think of you that way. Thank you for everything.

Severe Hip Pain

Sciatica Pain

Chronic Under-Researched Pain Disorder

Derek with Kaizen PT, is basically the first doctor to recognize my issue as something atypical.

Every other doctor, or therapist I've been to did the same treatment, and did not accept that my pain was as bad as it was. They would push me until I overdid things, leaving me bedridden for a couple days. They would say, "that's normal," and keep pushing me. Nothing ever got better with their methods, and in fact, my condition became persistently worse with each treatment.

Derek takes his time with me, and is constantly reminding me of what I can do to improve things, and truly cares that I do improve. He's a worldclass physical therapist, and knows what he's doing.

Hip and Low Back Pain

Neck & Shoulder Pain

This place is amazing, I feel so silly for waiting so long. After dealing with chronic neck and shoulder pain for more than a year, I can't believe how NORMAL I feel after only 3 sessions. Thank you to everyone! This place is great!

Post Ankle Surgery and Told She Would Never Run Again - She is Running Now!

We love the one-on-one appointments, private room, and peaceful atmosphere at this practice. Within the first few minutes of my teenage daughter’s first appointment with Dr. Nielsen, I knew we were in the right place. A trusted friend suggested we visit for post-orthopedic surgery therapy, and as we arrived for our first appointment, another trusted friend was leaving. When we sat down with them for the initial assessment, I was even more at ease when I discovered the approach they use. They are very patient-centered and allowed my daughter to set the goals for the therapy sessions. After about 12 weeks, she had reached her goal and will always have a positive perspective on physical therapy.

Neck And Shoulder Pain

I had a great experience at Kaizen Physical Therapy and whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Nielsen. I have been having trouble off and on for years with neck and back pain. I got immediate relief from the hands on therapy during my first session. He listened to me, gave me a clear diagnosis, and helped me get a plan for finding some long term solutions. Dr. Nielsen was professional and answered all my questions in a way that was clear and made sense to me. If you have been struggling with chronic pain, definitely try Kaizen Therapy - you will be glad you did. 

Foot pain/tingling for over a decade!

Shoulder, Back and Hip Pain Lasting For Several Years

I have been ignoring occasional shoulder, back, and hip pain for several years, but this summer it finally got to the point where I was unable to get to sleep because I couldn't get comfortable.  I decided to give physical therapy a try before anything else, figuring it might not help me, but wouldn't have any nasty side effects either.  The results exceeded my expectations.  Dr. Nielsen was patient and knowledgeable.  Within two weeks the therapy and exercises he prescribed had restored my shoulder to a pain-free state.  The hip pain took another four weeks; the back pain disappeared somewhere along the way.  I am able to sleep comfortably and have been able to start jogging, hiking, and gardening again.  Thank you Dr. Nielsen!

Hip and Low Back Pain For 15 Years

My experience with Dr. Nielsen was life changing. He gave me something no other medical professional I had worked with had, a sense of hope and empowerment. When I came to see Dr. Nielsen I was in a place of desperation and fear. I had been in a car accident 15 years ago and suffered from low back and hip pain daily. I had tried pain medications, steroid injections, and chiropractic treatments and nothing was working. I was facing the possibility of surgery and was terrified of the downward spiral that seems to happen to back surgery patients where they just end up incapacitated. Dr. Nielsen put me at ease immediately. He showed me how to strengthen my body and manage my pain. I couldn’t lift 15 lbs or ride in the car for more than 30 minutes when I came to see him. Now I can lift 90 lbs and go on rides wherever I like. I no longer have to feel like a victim of that accident all those years ago. The strangest thing happened once I lost that victim mentality and became more confident in my body’s new abilities, I became more confident in my ability to succeed in other areas of my life. I was able to go back to school to pursue a career that I had thought was unattainable because of my back issues. So thanks to Dr. Nielsen I am no longer fearful, I am fearless.