Back on the Golf Course after Two Injuries!

Patient of the Month

Our patient of the month, John, probably got to know us a little better than he would have liked this year! Just as he was finishing up therapy for one injury, he had an accident that caused him to come back for something completely different! 

John was determined to not let it keep him down though! His positive attitude and willingness to do anything asked carried him smoothly into this new phase of rehabilitation. John is an example of how consistency and dedication can bring you back to the life you love, from going up the stairs, to getting out on the green!

In his Own Words…

Three Words to Describe Me:

 Stronger Every Day

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What brought you to PT? 

Early this year I was being treated by Dr. Wortman for tennis elbow. Then I had an accident in April and tore my quadriceps tendon off my kneecap.  I immediately contacted Dr Wortman - I didn't consider going anywhere else for treatment.

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How have you benefitted from PT?  

I actually look forward to my sessions. Dr. Wortman has been extremely helpful in strengthening my knee and creating flexibility. She has given me confidence to move ahead with my recovery, and I am "ahead of the game" because of her efforts.  She is extremely attentive during our sessions and has recently been pushing me hard so that I can get back to normal activities.

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What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you

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 Go directly to IronPT - Dr. Wortman and Dr. Mayes are terrific Physical Therapists! Follow your doctor's advice and do all of your at-home exercises per your physical therapists instructions.

What activities are you most excited about getting back to? After 4 months I was able to get back onto the golf course using a golf cart and knee brace, per my doctor's orders. He has been impressed by my progress. 

Any new goals now that you are feeling better? I look forward to walking the golf course and playing without the brace in a month or so. 

Five Knee Surgeries Later…

Coming back after knee surgery is never easy, especially the fifth time.

Meet Tracy, the Iron Physical Therapy patient of the month! She is one of the most optimistic people we've ever met! Even after multiple knee surgeries and setbacks, she still finds a way to think positively and keep moving forward.

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She brought such a high level of focus and energy to each PT session. She also listened carefully to feedback so she could address physical and mental road blocks right away.

We love the way Tracy gets the most out of each day! We know there are many more great adventures ahead!!!

In her own words…

Three words to describe me...Active, Adventurous, Determined (Mom ;-))

What brought you to PT?I just had my 5th or 6th knee surgery (lost track!) which has set the stage for a knee replacement. I needed to be somewhere that was going to give me individual attention because my condition is just so unique.

How have you benefitted from PT?

First off, my knee is doing great! I made as good a recovery as possible for my condition. I also feel like I'm in better overall shape than before I went into surgery because Dr. Mayes incorporated a lot of challenging strength training into my therapy. As a former athlete, I loved that! Mentally, I had some low points where I feared I just wasn't going to function well again but Dr. Mayes and Dr. Wortman really elevated my spirits (or simply refused to let me stay down!) and helped me to keep my eye on the end goal, reminding me that I was making progress and that recovery takes time. Whenever I was feeling low, I knew I'd feel better after I went to physical therapy.

What are you most excited about getting back to?I guess I'd say that when you have a unique injury/situation, you need a very individualized therapy program to get you back on your feet. Going to a physical therapist that will bring a fresh (and athletic minded) perspective to your situation absolutely helps in the recovery stages. I'm looking forward to hiking, snow-shoeing and I think I'm going to try snow-boarding this year! Other than that, I'm just looking forward to feeling strong and being able to simply go through my days without major issues.

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How a Yoga Instructor Tackles Knee Pain!

Patient of the Month

Meet Katie! A yoga instructor and outdoor adventurer who put her whole mind, body and spirit into each session. Along with her kind and thoughtful nature, Katie brought the drive and focus of a high level athlete.

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With an unwavering commitment to an active lifestyle, she pushed herself to the limit every time. She trusted the process, and it was exciting to see all of her hard work pay off. We can't wait to see where her next adventure takes her!

In her own words…

Three words to describe me... Caring, Compassionate, Motivated

What Brought you to PT? I have a condition called Plica Syndrome in my right knee, which was causing me pain and discomfort during exercise as well as during regular everyday activities.

How have you benefitted from PT? I have greatly benefitted from coming to Iron Physical Therapy. I had been to other physical therapists in the past for treatment of this same injury, but never had an experience quite like I did at Iron. From the moment I walked in the door, I knew I had finally come to the right place to get the kind of rehabilitation I needed. Not only was the entire staff friendly and upbeat, but Dr. Mayes has created a space where athletes and people with active lifestyles can come and truly get the care they need so that they can continue to thrive once their treatment is over. Dr. Mayes and the Iron Physical Therapy staff truly created a safe and supportive environment in which I could test my limits while strengthening and healing my injury. Dr. Mayes also provided me with tools I can use outside of therapy such as stretching, foam rolling, and targeted strength training exercises to help maintain a healthy and happy knee.

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury? Try a full course of physical therapy first before opting for surgery. Many orthopedics are quick to prescribe surgery, however, explore the less invasive route first. Commit to the therapy, do the homework Dr. Mayes prescribes you, and push yourself to your limits to see if surgery is needed after all.

What activities are you most excited about getting back to? I am most excited about resuming my yoga and meditation practice. There were many advanced poses that were out of the question before therapy and sitting cross-legged in meditation was downright torturous at times! Since I completed therapy, I have started re-integrating both of these things back into my practice with good results. Dr. Mayes also got me running again (an activity I had avoided for years). I have been running almost daily and am slowly increasing the distance I am able to comfortably run. In the Fall, I look forward to getting back to my West African Dance Class! Thank you Iron Physical Therapy for all your help in getting me here!

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From Physical Therapy to CrossFit Competition (POM 1/14)

Patient of the Month

Sheri came to physical therapy with a mission. She was determined to tackle her knee pain so she could compete in the Shoreline CrossFit Master's Competition. She worked tirelessly during therapy and faithfully completed her home exercise program.  Sheri also modified her workouts while in recovery which is often the hardest thing for athletes. Needless to say, after only 8 weeks in therapy she competed in the CrossFit competition,  and we know that's just the beginning for this amazing lady.

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In Her Own Words...

Three Words to Describe You: Competitive, Friendly,  Athletic

What brought you into Physical Therapy? Knee Pain 

How have your benefitted from PT?

My knee feels so much better. Dr Mayes is truly a credit to his profession.

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What would you recommend to someone with the same injury?

I will recommend anyone I know with an injury to Iron PT. The staff is so friendly

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What activities are you most excited about getting back to?

I am so excited to get back to CrossFit and other fitness activities. My goal is to be the best I can be. GET BETTER BE BETTER!

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Tackle Arthritis and Knee Pain to Stay Active (POM 12/13)

Patient of the Month

It has been a true pleasure to work with Jerry. He has been fully committed to therapy and demonstrated a strong desire to live a healthy, active lifestyle. In addition, he is always a gentlemen who puts family and others first. We want to honor the wonderful changes he's made and can't wait to see where this year takes him.

In His Own Words...

Three Words That Describe Me: Pragmatic, Family-Oriented, Inquisitive

. What brought you to PT? After many years of untreated knee arthritis, a couple years of low back issues, weight gain, and an increasing lack of physical activity, I was starting to have problems ambulating. Walking just a few blocks was becoming difficult. I needed to get my lower extremities in much better shape. At 63 years old, I'm way too young to be having ambulation problems.

How have you benefitted from your PT experience? I've regained at least 25 degrees of range of motion in my knee and significantly increased the strength in my hip and leg muscles. My walking endurance and comfort have also increased significantly. Dr. Mayes along with his team members Deb and Melissa have given me the encouragement, support and tools necessary to continue getting stronger and better. I've dropped 12 pounds as well.

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you? Work hard and pay attention to Dr. Mayes and his staff.

What activities are you most excited about getting back to? I'm very excited to be able to walk without discomfort in my legs. When I started at Iron PT, I could walk for only about 3 to 5 minutes before knee and/or hip discomfort kicked in. I can now walk at least 25 minutes without a problem. I will continue to work on endurance and strength. My short term goals will be to exercise and eat healthfully every day. My long term goals are to complete a 5K walk in 2014 and to still be exercising every day when I'm 80 years old.