A Journey from Pain to Healing

Meet Dr.Oron Fiksel, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN, CAMT,CFMT,CMPT

It was an innocent fall while playing with a neighborhood friend when he was five-years-old that left Dr. Oron Fiksel, founder of Holistic Movement and Manual Therapy, in a wheelchair or on crutches until the age of 16. After tripping on a parking lot chain near his home in Tel-Aviv, Israel, he was unable to walk home. When the blue bruising only worsened after a week of rest, Fiksel’s mother took him to the hospital for an x-ray where      they discovered the underlying wound delaying his full recovery.

“He said, ‘ah it’s gonna be an easy surgery. 30 minutes. We’re going to go in and take it,” Fiksel says, recounting his surgeon’s diagnosis and initial plan for removal of what was thought to be a benign cyst on the front of his left tibia. “After 7 hours of surgery, he didn’t know what it was. He said, ‘it’s not what we expected.” Physical limitations and an uncertain future drove Oron’s adoration for other children’s natural ability to use their bodies for joy, like running, riding a bike and playing basketball.

“I couldn’t do physical activities so I was really jealous of all the kids. To see them play and run outside, because I was kind of different all the time with these instruments on my leg,” Fiksel says.

Fast forward 11 years, two trips to consult with experts in the United States, ongoing medical treatments and invasive procedures, plus biopsies sent across Europe and presented for discussion at medical conferences. The cause of the cyst was confirmed a Giant Osteofibrous Dysplasia,[1] just one of three cases in the entire world.

It wasn’t until after the tumor was successfully removed that Fiksel was able to focus on gaining a full recovery. Over time through developing a personalized strength and recovery method, he was able to start jogging and resume playing sports.

A personal commitment to rise above his own physical limitations made him more determined and compassionate toward others’ healing. In his ongoing journey to understand and master optimal function within his own body, Fiksel has crafted a professional orthopedic functional manual therapy treatment approach.

As the story goes, this trauma created a lifelong path of the patient as healer, and when he was released from the army (Israeli Defense Force), he began taking courses in personal training, strength and conditioning and completed a degree in physical education and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Two decades later, Fiksel is currently a Fellow-in-Training in Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), and is pursuing his Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT)  with a research focus on the treatment of chronic headaches through a manual therapy such as physical therapy Cary, exercises and nutrition-based approach.

“Since I suffer from chronic pain off and on, I always focus on my nutrition,” Fiksel says. “But it wasn’t until at NYU (Langone Medical Center) when I started to see the pattern between my patients with metabolic syndromes, and their blood work. All of them came with chronic pain and I started to identify the connection between inflammatory biomarkers and pain.”

If you are suffering from headache/migraine pain, Fiksel’s current case study series is treating patients who suffer from chronic cervicogenic, tension-type and components of migraine headaches using spinal manipulation, research backed neuromuscular facilitation and the elimination of processed carbohydrates and dairy products.

To reach Dr. Oron Fiksel, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN, CAMT, CFMT, CMPT visit www.oronfiksel.com or email him at oronsportpt@gmail.com or call (201) 736-2741.

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