Physical Therapy

Physical therapy and rehabilitation is an important component of our care for patients with all types of TOS, both as primary treatment for most patients with neurogenic TOS and during the post-operative care of patients who have undergone surgery for all types of TOS. Over the past 10 years we have worked in close association with therapists at The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL). Our therapists at TRISL have therefore developed vast experience and unusual expertise in the management of patients with TOS, and can offer some of the most comprehensive therapy-based treatments available for these conditions. As many of our patients come to St. Louis for care of TOS from other parts of the United States, our therapists have also acquired a great deal of experience in overseeing therapy conducted by other therapists closer to the patient’s home. The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL) is a state-of-the-art, 80-bed rehabilitation hospital that was created in 2001 through an innovative partnership between BJC HealthCare and HealthSouth and an affiliation with Washington University School of Medicine. TRISL is the only freestanding acute rehabilitation hospital in the St. Louis area and a leader in rehabilitative care, research, education, and community service. (http://www.rehabinstitutestl.com/). 

Matt Driskill, PT, DPT
Matt DriskillMatt graduated in 2000 from Truman State University with a BS degree in exercise science and an emphasis in pre-physical therapy, followed by graduate degrees in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis (MSPT, 2002) (post-professional DPT, 2013). He has worked as an outpatient musculoskeletal physical therapist at TRISL since 2002, and has clinical expertise in treatment of patients with musculoskeletal pain syndromes, shoulder pain syndromes, thoracic outlet syndrome and chronic pain. At TRISL, Matt is responsible for leading the team of physical therapists in the treatment of patients with TOS. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a credentialed clinical instructor, and has teaching responsibilities as a lab assistant in the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University. 


Jeanne Earley, MHS, PT
Jeanne EarleyJeanne is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati (BA, history, 1972), the University of Missouri (BHS, physical therapy, 1986), and Washington University (MHS, physical therapy, 2000). She has worked in a variety of settings including Boone Hospital Center (Columbia, MO; 1986-1990), Sparrow Hospital (Lansing, MI; 1990-1993), Barnes Hospital (St. Louis, 1993 – 1997), and BJC Rehabilitation and Fitness (St. Louis, 1997 – 2001). She has been at TRISL since 2001. Jeanne has clinical expertise in Movement Systems Impairment, chronic pain, manual therapy, aquatic therapy, and thoracic outlet syndrome. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association with committee responsibilities in the Aquatics and Orthopedic sections. She has teaching responsibilities as lecturer and lab assistant in the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University. At TRISL, Jeanne has been responsible for development and implementation of an aquatic rehabilitation program for patient care and training of clinical staff, and she has developed and implemented the novel and successful STEPP (Supportive Training and Education for People with Pain) program.


Ben Gibson, PBen GibsonT, DPT

Ben graduated in 2009 from Truman State University with a BS degree in exercise science and an emphasis in pre-physical therapy (BS, 2009), followed by a graduate degree from the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis (DPT, 2012). He has worked as an outpatient musculoskeletal physical therapist at TRISL since 2012. His clinical interests include thoracic outlet syndrome, shoulder pain syndromes, and knee pain syndromes. Ben has special clinical experience in the treatment of mechanical pain utilizing the Movement Systems Impairment approach and through aquatic therapy.



Jill Johnson, PT, DPT
Jill JohnsonJill graduated from Winona State University with a BS degree in exercise science and an emphasis on cardiac rehabilitation (BS, 1998), and from the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine (DPT, 2006). She has worked as an outpatient musculoskeletal physical therapist at TRISL since 2006, with clinical interests in musculoskeletal pain syndromes and thoracic outlet syndrome. Jill is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a credentialed clinical instructor. She has teaching responsibilities in the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University as a laboratory assistant for doctoral courses and as a student advisor.