At a young age, Dr. Leonard Rollman learned that surgery is not always the answer when it comes to treating a serious injury. It’s a message he passes on to his chiropractic patients at Wellspring Health, which opened its Altamonte Springs office in 2019.
When he was 17, Dr. Rollman recalls getting into a fight with his older brother while playing basketball, resulting in two herniated discs in his back. The injury occurred just two weeks before he was supposed to enroll at the United States Naval Academy, where he was recruited to play lacrosse. He was in agonizing pain and had numbness in his left leg. Literally adding insult to injury, the Naval Academy withdrew its offer. Young Leonard ended up going to three top orthopedic surgeons, and they all recommended surgery.
“I was depressed, concerned, and worried,” Dr. Rollman says. “I didn’t want to have surgery.”
So he talked to his primary care doctor, who recommended a combination of decompression therapy – which involves stretching the spine – and chiropractic treatment.
“In about two months, I was 80 percent better,” Dr. Rollman says. “I realized that I didn’t need to do surgery.”
Now, at Wellspring Health, Dr. Rollman and his staff offer their patients a myriad of non-surgical alternatives to surgery and medication. Wellspring Health’s specialists include chiropractors, medical doctors, massage therapists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, and a physician’s assistant – all there to help you heal and relieve your pain with non-invasive treatments.
“When patients come in, we have a collaborative meeting with all the providers,” Dr. Rollman says. “We sit down together and come up with an approach that is tailored to you.”
Regenerative medicine – traditionally, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem-cell therapy – is one of those treatments that offers a promising alternative for patients who are looking for pain relief without surgery or medication. The treatment strategy uses a patient’s own blood and tissue to promote healing. In most cases, patients receive a single injection and then come back to the office for evaluation two or three times a week for six to eight weeks.
“Usually, at the end of those six to eight weeks, people see a real difference,” Dr. Rollman says. “It doesn’t work for everyone, but the success rate is much higher than it is for elective surgeries. And it’s important to know there is hope – hope that you can recover [from painful injuries] without surgery.”
To find out which of Wellspring Health’s many treatment options is right for you, contact the helpful staff at 407-789-0600.