How To Avoid Surgery After A Sports Injury

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You Have The Right To Choose Your Physical Therapy I can hardly contain my excitement! “In 2004, I began to experience pain in my right shoulder potentially caused by something I did in the military. At first the pain was minimal when performing certain exercises but it later increased when I exercised, cleaned, as I reached for things, and when trying to wash my back. Over the years, I’ve had physical therapy from both the military and civilian healthcare carriers, but eventually, the pain became unbearable. On December 11, 2015, I finally decided to have surgery for a shoulder labral tear, and shortly afterward I began PT. For the most part, I was pleased with my PT and the physical therapist; however, when I was told in April 2016 that I was at the point where I only needed to be seen once a month or I could make the decision to be seen once a week, I was not pleased. My PT told me that “there was nothing else that could be done and that it was up to me to increase my strength in order to have full range motion (ROM)”. At this point, I did not have full ROM to lift my arm out in front of me, or to the side of my body, and I was still in a lot of pain. In fact, I had been taking prescription level anti-inflammatory pills since surgery. Throughout my recovery, I had been seeing my shoulder surgeon and sharing with her my frustrations about my limited ROM and treatment from the PT in my medical network. She often disagreed with the advice given to me by my PT. A friend of mine recommended that I receive PT from Christina Smith, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, at Solutions Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in Alexandria, Virginia. He said, “She’s good, aggressive, and will get you to where you need to be”. Taking his advice was one of the best medical decisions that I’ve made in my life because she has worked wonders with getting my ROM to where it should be. I have seen her once a week since July 2016, and just recently, she told me that I only needed to see her once every other week. I stopped taking pain pills approximately three weeks after seeing Christina, perform strength training exercises that involve my shoulder, and my ROM is almost perfect. Lastly, I am finally able to sleep on my right side after 10 years! I am an athletic, 49 year old woman who fully understands that recovery from surgery takes time and for this surgery, approximately one year. My goal at the end of PT was to return back to majority of what I was doing before my injury, not only to a functional state. I am so close to where I was before my injury that I can hardly contain my excitement! My time at Solutions Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine has not been in vain and I would recommend this company to anyone who esteems to receive top rated PT. Thank you Christina for all the hard work you’ve performed on me over the months.” - Michelle W. Whether you want to come in because you’ve suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your physical health, tell your doctor about Solutions Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine. Get started feeling better today! See our physical therapists for: • Recent injury • Nagging aches and pains • Back and neck pain • Joint pain and movement problems • Walking or balance difficulties Call Us To Schedule An Appointment Today!

Running/Sports Video Analysis At Solutions Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we provide video analysis of running and other sports activities to assist in breaking down and correcting technique errors. We can provide you a copy of your video and any corrective exercises to assist in communicating with coaches and trainers as well. Service Spotlight

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