A Battle with Foot Pain...

Patient of the Month - March 2013

Name:  Jerily C. (we affectionately refer to her as JC)

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JC is the most COMPLIANT patient in the history of IronPT. She came in with fierce foot pain that had been wearing her down for months, but made up her mind that she was ready to fight back. She would do every single thing that was recommended and even did extra "homework" to be sure she was getting the most out of therapy.

She is still working hard towards full recovery, but it has been a privilege to be part of her journey. She's not only determined, but also artistic, and we're looking forward to having her put her touch on our clinic walls.

Wish we could clone her!

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In her own words....

Three words that describe me: curious, energetic and scrappy

What brought you to PT?

I had chronic heel PAIN that required surgery and needed post-surgical PT.

My Podiatrist recommended finding a Physical Therapist who practiced the Graston Technique– with the warning that it would be painful.  I’d never heard of it, so I googled it.  Reading about it sounded just as painful as I’d been told, but I thought I’d give it a try.

How have you benefitted from your PT experience (physically or mentally)? PT with Dr. Mayes had given me hope that one day soon I’ll be pain free.

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you? Patience! Results come even though progress seems slow.

What activities are you most excited about getting back to? I want to run.  I understand I’ll need to walk first, and build up slowly.  Looking forward to my continued progress.

Patient of the Month: November 2012

We are proud to honor our first ever patient of the month! The criteria for selection were patient compliance, attitude, attendance and Iron PT evangelism. We could not think of anyone who embodies this more than Naomi. It was a true pleasure to have her in the clinic and a special treat for Dr. Mayes to run the Harrisburg Marathon with her earlier this month.

Name:  Naomi G.

Injury: Chronic Ankle Sprain

Occupation: Federal Law Enforcement

Three Words That Describe You: Adventurous, Positive, and Organized

What brought you to PT?

Over the last ten years, I have sprained my right ankle several times. I enjoy being physically active and completing a marathon was always a life goal.  

I tried to train for a marathon a few years ago and was sidelined due to a stress fracture in my ankle.  This past July, I started a four-month marathon training program and about half way through the training, I developed a shin splint related to the brace I was wearing to support my ankle.  I couldn't run without significant pain and was devastated thinking that I would not be able to achieve my goal.

How have you benefitted from PT (physically or mentally)?

I have been to physical therapy before with little confidence in the process and the practitioners. However, Dr. Mayes who is a runner and an athlete, is a different kind of physical therapist who provides specific, personal, and targeted attention.  I did not know PTs like him even existed!  

He used techniques to work out the scar tissue built up from years of injury, worked on my range of motion, and helped me plan a modified marathon training schedule. After less than 6 weeks,  I was amazingly able to achieve my goal of running the marathon with his help!

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury?

The first time you sustain a sprain, you have to rehabilitate the injury or it will reoccur.  Also, if you have specific physical fitness goals and have a current or previous injury, seek out a physical therapist you trust that will work with you throughout the training process in order to achieve your goals.    

What activities are you most excited about getting back to? Any new goals now that you are feeling better?

I enjoy doing different activities like obstacle races and triathlons.  Maybe another marathon down the road?  But for now I am just going to enjoy running pain free!