Ironman Triathlete: How she got back on her feet...literally!!

Quinn

Quinn

Congratulations Stacey!! When you meet this Ironmother, you know you're crossing paths with someone special. If you've seen her spring up a rope, throw weight over her head or whiz past people in a triathlon, you know she's tough as nails, but she is also one of the kindest and most gracious people you will ever connect with.

Like many competitors, the hardest part of injury is often mental. When you thrive on movement, being sidelined can be devastating and sometimes paralyze your recovery. I had to give my CrossFit buddy some tough love at the beginning, but once she committed, I got nothing but the best. I'm so proud of every bit of effort she put into therapy, and I could not be more excited to see her get back out there. She'll be passing me on the roads again in no time!!!!

In her Own Words…

Three Words to Describe Me: Grateful, Loyal and Determined

What brought you to PT? Two broken bones in my foot coupled with a sprained ankle on January 1st landed me in a boot for 2 months. When the bones did not show proper healing, I was put back on crutches for another month. Finally in April, three months after my accident and still in a boot, I limped into Iron PT.

How have you benefitted from PT? I consider myself a physically active person busy raising three daughters.  My injury caused everything in my life to come to a grinding halt. I could drive but not much else.  Basic household chores and errands became very challenging. The longer the injury lingered, the less activity I was allowed and the more my frustration grew. After one particular doctors appointment, I was told to go home, sit on the couch and do nothing else.  After 10 weeks, that was not what I wanted to hear. After weeks of sitting on the couch, I got the ok to start physical therapy. It was such a relief to just start moving again and begin the process of regaining normal function. Having Dr. Mayes and the Iron PT staff with me every step of my treatment to support and challenge me is the main reason I am back running, riding and swimming today.

What would you say to someone with the same injury?

 Some breaks don't heal as well as others. And when you break the navicular bone in your foot, the healing process can be long and arduous and surgery is sometimes necessary. I would suggest someone with the same injury to see a specialist and line up your physical therapy appointments. After being in a boot for as long as I was caused a lot of mobility issues once the breaks healed. I was at my lowest mentally for my first appointment at Iron PT as it just didn't seem like my foot would ever heal. It was swollen to twice its size and I was walking with a limp. Dr. Mayes told me it was going to be fine, he had seen worse and to change my attitude. It was what I needed to hear. I had to check my negative attitude, get busy working and be patient with my injury. The healing process takes time and you can not hurry it along.

What are you most excited about getting back to? It was an agonizingly long winter which dragged into Spring. I am just so excited to get back to moving without any pain or limitations! I coached my first several lacrosse practices this spring on crutches while trying to maintain some measure of fitness. I had to pull out of my favorite triathlon in Avalon last weekend but knew it was the right decision. I am on the road back and happy to just be lacing up my running shoes again. Although I'm not ready to race, I'm looking forward to doing a few triathlons and working out with Dr. Mayes again at CrossFit. I miss the workouts and the wonderful community of friends there. As I continue to regain my strength and fitness, I am so thankful to have Dr. Mayes and the Iron PT staff in my life!

What Should I Bring to my First Physical Therapy Appointment?

If you've never been to physical therapy before, the process can seem a little mysterious, but the first appointment actually requires very little prepartion. What to bring to your first physical therapy appointment:

  • Prescription - Unless you have Medicare, you don't need a prescription for the first 30 days of treatment. However, if you already have a script, then certainly bring it along.

  • Clothing - If you are coming straight from work/school, then you should bring gym clothes to change into at the clinic. If your pain is in the lower body, then you should wear shorts.

  • Paperwork - To save time, we will email you paperwork before your appointment, but if you forget or don't use email, then we have plenty of copies in the clinic to fill out before your initial evaluation.

  • Insurance Card - We will need a copy of the front and back of your card to ensure proper billing.

  • MRI/X-Ray - If you have had imaging done, bring any results to your appointment.

  • Co-Pay - We will go over your insurance benefits with you before the first visit. We accept cash, check or credit card to cover your portion at the time of each visit.

  • Determination - Most of all, bring a positive attitude and determination! We know that pain can wear you down physically and emotionally, but physical therapy is YOUR time so get the most out of every minute.

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