Patient of the Month (Feb 2013) - Tendinitis

Patient of the Month - February 2013

We couldn't pick just one person for our February patient of the month! Roxanne and Cheryl are each so outstanding that we wanted to honor both of them.

Meet Roxanne Below! To learn about Cheryl's Journey,Click Here

Name:  Roxanne K.

Occupation:  Senior Academic Advisor—Caldwell College

Injury: Tendinitis of the Hamstring

I can't imagine someone not loving Roxanne. As a patient she is committed, driven, and responsive. As a person, she is kind, compassionate, and thoughtful. No matter what the circumstances, she stayed positive through her therapy and even took the time to share thoughts regarding our business. We already miss her!

In her own words....

What brought you to PT?

Tendinitis of the hamstring

How have you benefitted from your PT experience (physically or mentally)? I limped in and I walked out—it doesn’t get any better than that!

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you? to get themselves over to Iron Physical Therapy

What activities are you most excited about getting back to? Just being able to move with greater comfort makes everything easier.

Any new goals now that you are feeling better? Get rid of those extra pounds.

Just to add a few words—it was Dr. Mayes credentials and experience that brought me to Iron PT.  After being told by my orthopedic  doctor that my next course of action should be PT, I started doing my research.  What I found was that though many places claimed to offer PT, not everyone was a Doctor of Physical Therapy and had all the necessary background.  I enjoyed my time at Iron PT, it was a positive friendly environment—a place of healing and learning.

And yes Doc, I am still doing my exercises!

What is the Graston Technique®? Does it work?

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Our patients affectionately refer to the Graston Technique® instruments  as "butter knives!" It's a treatment they hate to love, but the results speak for themselves. Many famous athletes swear by the technique including Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

Does it work?

Historically, The Graston Technique® has had positive outcomes in 75-90% of all conditions treated. It is equally effective on restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre- and post-surgical patient. Click here for Outcome Summary Data of the 17 most common diagnoses.

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How do the instruments work?

In the healing process, our body attempts to repair muscles, tendons and ligaments with “scar tissue,” much like a scar that forms on the skin when you have scraped your knee. The Graston Technique® (originally developed by athletes) is a form of soft tissue mobilization using six stainless steel instruments to glide along a patient’s muscles, tendons or ligaments to detect and break up this scar tissue as well as fascial restrictions and adhesions which tend to be weaker and less flexible than undamaged tissue. It is not meant to replace a clinician’s hands, but to complement them by substantially improving the ability to detect and treat dysfunction.

Does it hurt?

If there is a large amount of scar tissue, there can be minor discomfort while the clinician breaks it up, but this is part of the healing process.

What is Graston used to treat?

Graston Technique® has been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions including:

  • Achilles Tendinitis/osis (ankle pain)

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)

  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Lateral Epicondylitis/osis (tennis elbow)

  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)

  • Medial Epicondylitis/osis (golfer's elbow)

  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)

  • Plantar Fasciitis/osis (foot pain)

  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/osis (shoulder pain)

  • Scar Tissue

  • Shin Splints

  • Trigger Finger

  • Women’s Health (post-mastectomy and Caesarean scarring)

Who can do it?

Only clinicians who have been trained and accredited in the Graston Technique® Basic course are qualified to obtain the Graston Technique® instruments and apply the technique to treat patients

Success!

Last week we discharged a patient who had been suffering from chronic neck pain after a car accident five years ago. After only four sessions utilizing the Graston Technique®, she had complete relief and could not believe the results. She said she could actually feel the scar tissue being broken up and began craving the twice weekly treatments.

More FAQs

The Graston Technique®website does a good job of answering some other FAQs

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