Beth Andrews is from Aiken, SC and attended the University of South Carolina for three years before transferring to the Medical University of South Carolina for a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. She initially practiced in SC and then onto Georgia where she worked in outpatient practice, home health, and the local hospital and school system for over 20 years. Beth returned to SC with her husband, Cal, to Mt. Pleasant in 2013 and began working as needed in various Lowcountry outpatient clinics. She returned to school and received her clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016. Beth attended the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions which is a private institute founded in 2004 by current researchers and professors in the field of physical therapy. While studying to receive her DPT, Beth read over 300 research articles from physicians and therapists around the globe related to eliminating pain and returning patients to the activities they enjoy.
She is well trained in best practices from the leading experts in relieving pain and is proficient in their exercise philosophies which gives patients the success they want and deserve. The positive results Beth has choosing the method of exercise that is best for each patient prompted her to open her own clinic.
“Exercise First achieves great results for patients. A typical day I can see three low back pain evaluations with radiculopathy. Each one responds to a completely different exercise plan that is in no way similar to the other. And they all routinely experience a within session pain decrease on their first visit.”
With twenty-eight years treating patients combined with current research for practice, Beth is able to evaluate and differentiate the exercise type each patient needs. This identification leads to a high success rate when care is individualized and patient specific.
It is not surprising that low back pain is the most common diagnosis seen in a physical therapy clinic since 8 out of 10 people will experience low back pain in their lifetime. To successfully recover from this most common diagnosis, patients require a plan tailored specifically to what they need instead of the same handout that works for some and not for others. It is a disservice to give each patient the same exercise handout.