Rheumatoid Arthritis and Physical Therapy

Meet Holly....Patient of the Month for July 2013

Holly is nothing short of amazing!  She fills our early mornings with laughter and has a consistently positive attitude.

She has approached her physical therapy with grace and determination, just as she has with life’s challenges. Her passion to embrace life is contagious and her taste in shoes is unreal!

In her own words....

  Three words that describe you: Outgoing, courageous, with a hint of sarcasm! (we agree-ha!)

What brought you to PT? I have had rheumatoid arthritis since I was six years old and developed a bunion on my right foot.I had surgery to repair it in February 2013. The doctor “broke” and pinned the bones, as well as removed some damaged tissue.

How have you benefitted from your PT experience?Going to physical therapy has been great! I attend two times a week and love Iron PT. The entire staff is wonderful. Aside from the mild torture Dr. Mayes puts my foot through on my early am visits, I really enjoy coming and have found it to be extremely beneficial and dare I say fun too!! I have seen a great improvement in the range of motion in my foot since I started attending about two months ago.

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you? In my case due to the RA, regaining range of motion has been a tough process. I did not start PT until about four months after my surgery, which was too long. As soon as you are “back on your feet” and it is safe to proceed with PT, get started! The sooner, the better.

What activities are you most excited about getting back to?Well, as the Iron PT staff all know, I want to get back in my high heels. We have made our way back to 2 inch heels, now to get into the 4 inch ones. I do not wear them often, after all I do not want another bunion, but a young lady has to have her heels for a night out!



You're as Flexible as a Tree (POM 6/13)

Patient of the Month: June 2013

Meet Steve....

Not only is Steve our Patient of the Month, but he is also the person we've seen make the most changes toward better health and wellness. Since starting therapy he has purchased a bike (and more importantly a helmet), participated in his first road race, started eating breakfast, and focused on better nutrition.

We are still working on better sleeping habits, but how can Steve rest when he is busy changing the world. He has committed his life to enriching the lives of students and inner city youth, and want to take a minute to honor that amazing work as well.

At this rate, we can hardly wait to see what happens next. Steve, we know your future is bright!!

In his own words....

Occupation: Education Injury: Hamstrings Three words to describe me: Ambitious, Gregarious, Dedicated

What brought you to PT? I started going to PT as a preventative measure due to tightness in my hamstrings.

How have you benefitted from your PT experience (physically or mentally)? I have benefited from my PT sessions in different aspects: my hamstrings are stronger and have more range of motion. Also, I have a more confident attitude towards my workouts.

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you? Strongly advise them to reach out to Iron PT and follow the doctor’s orders. You will see immediate improvement and restoration of physical function and fitness level.

Any new goals now that you are feeling better? I look forward to playing soccer on a regular again. My new goal is to sign up for a mud run later this year.


Stay in Your Lane - Ego vs. Injury

I've been treating a lot of heavy duty athletes and CrossFitters lately, and I find myself ending sessions with the same advice... "STAY IN YOUR LANE!"

You know that feeling...you're in the middle of a workout and your body's telling you something's not quite right, but your ego's telling you to keep going. This is especially true in a group fitness setting.

I am not referring to a mental roadblock (a.k.a., fear) here, but a physical one. You distinctively feel that part of your body is weak and vulnerable.

In these critical injury prevention moments, it's important to listen to your body and STAY IN YOUR LANE. What does this mean?



  • Set your own goals (e.g., mileage, weight, etc.) and stick to them. Don't get sidetracked and dangerously veer in and out of your lane because you see people whizzing past you.

  • Compete with yourself! You can be in your own lane and still go faster and harder. Challenging yourself is part of the thrill!

  • Workout with people (e.g. running group, CrossFit gym, fitness class) who value injury prevention, mobility and openly advocate modifications. Move on if you are not in a supportive environment.

  • Don't give up and take the nearest exit. Keep moving forward! Modify your workout, cross train, rehab when necessary.

  • Accept that your lane is unique! You may have a dirt road with potholes and someone else might have beautiful new pavement, but your lane can still take you on an exciting adventure.

  • Find joy in your own progress. Enjoy the ride!