Amy Selinger, PT, DPT, OCS, she/her/hers, founded Back to Life Physical Therapy, Inc. in 1999 to support people with chronic pain in the pursuit of healthy and active lives. Over the years, working in a variety of settings including rehabilitation (working with spinal cord injury, head injury, stroke, other neurologic conditions, and amputations), acute hospitals, outpatient facilities, in-home health care, and on-site ergonomics Amy realized that generalized approaches to chronic musculoskeletal conditions are often not helpful and in fact may contribute to pain and dysfunction, appreciating that each individual’s physical body and movement patterns either support a healthy musculoskeletal system or a painful one.
Using the Movement System Balance approach, pioneered at The Washington University of St. Louis, School of Physical therapy she began to transform the lives of patients with diverse and complex, chronic musculoskeletal conditions (particularly shoulder, neck, hip, back, sacroiliac (SI) and pelvic conditions, including those who have Ehlers Danlos and other hypermobility disorders) to achieve increased function and lasting pain relief.
Amy is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) who has taught Graduate, and Post-graduate physical therapy courses. Amy is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Graduate Program in Physical Therapy where she teaches a course on how the core, hip, and pelvis are related and treated. She holds a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Temple University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Recent courses Amy has taken include recent updates on chronic pain, the physical therapy treatment of gender diverse, and the treatment of the viscera (visceral manipulation).
“I had suffered from pelvic pain for years, and came to Amy only after seeing numerous other doctors and physical therapists who had helped me very little. When I was finally referred to her, I didn’t have much hope that yet another medical professional would be able to help me feel better. I could tell from the beginning, however, that Amy was different. She listened to me with compassion. She was willing to consider how my many musculoskeletal issues — hips, back, knees, and pelvis — worked together to contribute to my pain. She was patient and persistent even when this unusual combination of issues led to difficulty with her more traditional treatment methods, and found creative alternatives that were effective. When necessary, she referred me to other talented professionals in her network. She connected me with peers who could provide emotional support.
With Amy’s help, I began to make major progress. When I first began seeing her, my work, social, and romantic lives were significantly limited by my pain.
Today, I can walk, sit, stand, work, and play for long periods of time without pain, and am in a serious, intimate relationship for the first time in years. Amy’s intelligence, patience, knowledge, and support literally changed my life– I am so thankful to have worked with her.”