Pain and depression have always been closely related. Depression can cause or worsen pain — and pain (especially chronic pain) can cause or worsen depression. If you're experiencing any part of this vicious cycle, you can turn to a physical therapist as part of your support system to begin healing physically and emotionally using the power of movement.Read More
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Dr. Mayes became a certified ART Ironman Provider last weekend. He fell in love with the atmosphere, dedication, and the way these athletes really listened to their bodies! Read about the whole weekend here.Read More
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.
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.