Monday, August 6, 2012
Patient Success Story!
Patient Success Story – Michelle (Belly Dancer) In September of 2010, I got up one morning, got into the shower and my hamstring from the top of my left gluteus to the top of my left calf spasm’d so badly that I fell to the floor. I went to my general practitioner who wanted to x-ray my spine. He called in a sports medicine doctor who said that it was a straight forward hamstring strain. I was sent to a physical therapist. I went for about a month with no relief from my pain. I fell down a flight of stairs and fractured my leg (Tibial Plateau Fracture with displacement). I was sent to a different physical therapist to work on the healed fractured area. During this time the pain in my hamstring persisted, even worsened, the pain was worse than the fracture. In April of 2012, my orthopedic surgeon sent me to a doctor to see if a “Platelet Rich Plasma” injection would help me. The doctor told me that the affected area was too large to be healed by this method. He x-rayed my spine and hips and told me I had arthritis in my lower back and hips. This is when I was referred to Maccio Physical Therapy. During my first appointment, Deb asked the magic question. “Does it hurt more when you cough or sneeze?” I told her that’s when it’s the worst. She said “It’s your lower back, not your hamstring”. Within a month of doing the lower back exercises to centralize my pain was gone. After years of getting nowhere and having professionals look at only my hamstring I was able to sleep through the night, get out of my car without crying out, and dance again. I honestly thought I would never be without that terrible pain. I was so impressed and grateful; I gave out cards to anyone who had back issues or hamstring issues. Now that I have read the material and gone through the therapy myself it makes perfect, sound sense how this method works. I looked forward to every appointment rather than dreading it as I did with the other methods. I could feel myself improving each time. The people here knew my name, always accommodated my strange schedule and made me feel at home. I’ll never forget what Deb said to me during my first visit. “You will dance again”. And I did, I am, and I never thought I’d see that day. Thank you so much, Deb and Everyone! Michele 7/6