After putting physical therapy off for years, our Patient of the Month is finally getting back to his CrossFit WOD without back pain. His advice? It doesn’t hurt to try physcial therapy - it fact, it healed him! Learn more about TJ’s physical therapy experience here:Read More
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After physical therapy, this runner’s mantra went from “Eat, Sleep, Run” to “Eat, Sleep, Run, Bike, Lift, and Give Yourself Some Rest Days.” Physical therapy is what keeps her a strong & healthy athlete, more than what keeps her running. Read more about our spunky Patient of the Month’s recovery here:Read More
After a major bike accident sidelined this triathlete, our Patient of the Month Rachel (and beloved owner of Montclair Bread Company) was one of the hardest working, most dedicated patients we’ve ever seen. True to form, she blew all expectations out of the water and her surgeon recently said she was a full 6-12 months ahead of where all the science and his experience said she should be. Read more about Rachel’s unbelievable recovery here!Read More
An Athlete's Comeback from Ischiofemoral Impingement (Hip) Surgery
Athletes, you need to read about Dana's journey. She will show you what PATIENCE and PERSEVERANCE look like. I hope it makes you take a moment out of your day to honor your body and feel gratitude for when it serves you well. For some of us, it's really hard to modify or take a day or week off for needed rest, but imagine a year...
To the core, Dana is a passionate and talented athlete who loves everything active including softball, tennis and golf.
She came to me after a rare hip surgery and put her heart and soul into rehab. She never complained and would crush exercises that are challenging for people half her age.
It was exciting to see Dana's progress every step of the way, and I can't wait to see what she does next!!
In her own words…
Three words to describe me...Perseverant, Industrious, Generous
What brought you to PT?Rehab after ischiofemoral impingement hip surgery that involved cutting away a piece of bone, partial removal of a muscle and releasing the sciatic nerve from scar tissue. Dr. Mayes came highly recommended and the fact that Iron PT was right around the corner in walking distance was icing on the cake since I wasn't able to drive for 5 weeks.
How have you benefitted from PT?
I am now four months post-op and finally starting to turn the corner as the pain is subsiding, and I can start seeing results with increased mobility and flexibility. Dr. Mayes has played a key role in my recovery, and I cannot thank him enough for all of his help with getting me to this point. He worked with me to go from crutches to a cane, to balance exercises wearing a 20 lb vest, to squats,1:35 min planks, slide board, and burpees (haven't done those since high school!). I feel so much stronger now than I have in a very long time and more motivated to get back in shape. I recently joined a new gym after a years hiatus and now working out more to supplement my PT. Dr. Mayes also instilled in me to 'listen to my body' since I have a tendency to 'overdo' things and pay the price as a result.
What would you say to someone with the same injury?My condition is extremely rare, and I wouldn't wish this on anyone. With that said, I have always been a firm believer in physical therapy based on my experience recovering from past injuries and surgeries. I knew that rehab for this surgery was going to take a long time and it was going to require hard work and dedication. My recommendation is to come to Iron PT, work hard and be diligent with doing your exercises at home. Dr. Mayes and his staff possess the knowledge and skills to work with you and push you to get you to where you need to be based on your capabilities.
What are you most excited about getting back to?I have been out of commission from playing softball, golf and tennis since last September. I know that I still have work ahead of me, but by the spring, I cannot wait to swing for the fences and turn some double-plays back on the diamond, pursue that elusive hole in one, smash some aces and resume yoga classes. I also look forward to biking, hiking and swimming again.
Meet our Patient of the Month....COACH Bobby
It has been a privilege and honor to treat Coach Bobby. He comes into every single session ready to work with a positive attitude. For all of his accomplishments and grit, he is humble and genuine. He also keeps us cracking up with wild tales from his high adrenaline life.
He is an exceptional person with a great support system, including his wife who tirelessly advocated and believed he'd make a comeback from the start. He is a fighter through and through and his story is a reminder for all of us to NEVER GIVE UP!!
In his own words....
I ran into a friend who I hadn't seen for a long time. During our conversation I told him that I underwent arthroscopic surgery on my right hip, but three months later I had no improvement. My friend told me about Dr. Mayes and how great his hamstring felt after his injury so I decided to give him a try. IRON PT was my last stop.
I tried at least four other therapy places
before IRON PT and was getting nowhere. After my first session with Dr. Mayes I knew I was at the right place.
Dr. Mayes pulled out all the stops to get me back and did something most chiropractors and physical therapists would never do, he encouraged me to get a hip replacement. I got the hip replacement June 10, 2013 and immediately returned to IRON PT. I just kept getting better. To the surprise of my surgeon and coworkers I was able to return to my patrol duties as a police officer in the city of Paterson only two months after surgery.
I now have the confidence to run, jump and tangle with suspects on the street once more. I was seriously considering retirement, but Dr. Mayes helped make it possible for me to look forward to finishing my last five years, enroute to completing a 25 year career.
I have definitely benefited physically. Dr. Mayes has me doing things I thought would never be possible with my hip. Most importantly, my confidence was restored. I was ready to pack it in and resign myself to a life limited by my injury. Dr. Mayes gave me a 100%, so I couldn't give him any less.
I would absolutely recommend him to anybody with an injury like mine or any other type of injury. Dr. Mayes knew exactly how far to push me post surgery. It was as if he was the one who operated on me.
. I feel as if I got a second chance at life. For a long time I couldn't do my normal activities. I have been involved in boxing for the better part of my life and did it professionally before becoming a cop. Boxing was my life, and it was basically taken away. I couldn't even continue as a trainer due to my hip. Brazilian Jujitsu is another activity which was part of my life.
I am excited that I have my life back. I am armed with new knowledge in training and injury prevention. Now I plan to go past any limitations I thought were impossible to overcome. I definitely owe a debt of gratitude to my wife who never doubted that I would return stronger than ever and Dr. Mayes for helping me to get there.