NJ's Finest Battles Shoulder Injury

NJ's Finest Battles Shoulder Injury

Iron has a strong commitment to NJ's law enforcement, and it was a privilege to help this officer get back to full duty. Read more about Rafael's recovery from a shoulder injury and surgery.

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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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Runners: Stop Running through Pain

Patient of the Month: A Runner Who Stopped Pushing Through Pain...

"I've learned a lot about the differences between pain, soreness, and discomfort."

Meet Judy! This early bird is the first patient in the clinic and never stops working until she walks out the door at 8am!  As an avid runner Judy knows how to push her body through training and races, but when her hip started to bother her after the Chicago marathon, she knew it was time to get help! 

Judy constantly works hard and never complains! Since starting PT, she has gone from being nervous about running to loving being out on the road! Watch for her to complete the NYC Marathon in 2015!

In her own words…

Three words to describe me...

Dedicated, Focused and Committed

What brought you to PT? 

While training for the Houston Marathon, I started to experience pain in my left leg. I finally hit the point of not being able to run without pain. My coach suggested I come to IronPT.

I've learned a lot about the differences between pain, soreness, and discomfort. This has been crucial for me to learn as it will help me going forward to know when to reach out for help. 

How have you benefitted from PT? 

I cannot believe how much better I am doing. Not only am I physically improving, but it has helped me feel more secure again in my running and enjoy my running. The environment you create at IronPT is great. It's very personalized and there's no "can't". 

What are you most excited about getting back to? 

I am looking forward to being able to take some cross-training classes that involve jumping and jump roping. My goal for 2015 is to run the NYC Marathon pain free and happy!