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  • Name: Anna
  • Age: 60s
  • Pain point: Back
  • Outcome:

    75% improvement as her balance is better and she has more strength in her legs.

Anna’s Story

How long did you wait before deciding on physical therapy and what was the obstacle?

I had a laminectomy 3 years ago, so I would say 3 years plus. I still had bulging discs and I had pain if I was walking too much. Being ignorant as far as the laminectomy goes I thought this would go away, but it didn’t.

What was it and how bad was your problem prior to receiving physical therapy?

I was having a lot of lower back pain. It was hard for me to bend down and if I did get down, it was difficult for me to get back up unless there was something for me to pull myself up on a table or chair.

What was your pain preventing you from doing?

Vacuuming and mopping. If I had to dust low shelves, I just couldn’t do them.

What would you say to someone who was experiencing pain but skeptical about physical therapy?

I would say you have nothing to lose. You need to try it. You’ll love the people and they’ll work with you. It’s not like they make it hard for you, it’s a little bit  at a time. They do your evaluations and encourage you to keep going and striving to do better.

Out of all the things that you enjoyed about coming to Preferred Physical Therapy, what did you enjoy the most?

Seeing all of your smiling faces of course. It’s so nice to know that everybody knows your issues and problems and they’re very helpful. If someone is busy, someone else comes to help. They’re so knowledgeable on what your issues are. It’s nice to work with everyone.

What were you wanting to achieve and did we help you to achieve it?

I can do more now. I am able to turn my body certain ways and I don’t feel the excruciating pain afterward. I would have to take a large amount of Ibuprofen if I were going to sweep or mop or anything because I couldn’t get through it. But now, I don’t have to do that. I can do it and feel okay. I didn’t think there was going to be any improvement because it was just so bad, but I really have been able to tell the difference. My legs are stronger and I know my back is stronger.

What to Watch Out For:

Pain scale: 4/10
Pain description: Lower back pain with numbness down the legs
Worse with:
  • Pain is worse with bending
  • Numbness is worse with staying in one position for too long
Better with:
  • Pain is better with rest
  • Numbness is better with moving around

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