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  • Name: Dennis
  • Age: 70s
  • Pain point: Vertigo
  • Outcome:

    Improved stability with static and dynamic balance activities. Able to walk on uneven terrain and ascend and descend curbs without any instances of Loss or balance or instability. Improved ability to perform stepping response with less reliance on his arms.

Dennis’s Story

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

I had gone to a podiatrist for a foot problem and had talked to him about how I had some dizziness, staggering, uncertainty when I would get up, and trouble getting in and out of the car. He had asked me if I had ever thought about physical therapy. He said especially with the increasing tendency to fall that it would be really helpful for me. He ended up telling my primary care provider that he thought physical therapy would be beneficial to me, so I was referred to this clinic.

What was your pain preventing you from doing?

I had become very cautious and moving in slow motion. When I would turn or even walk to the car I had to be very aware because I would tend to shuffle and stumble. Even when I was at the airport it was just all I could do to get off the plane and get out to the gate. I would have to take a break before I was ready to start walking again.

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

I would definitely recommend physical therapy. If you don’t know if you can benefit, come on in. The first time you come in they do a full assessment and talk to you about your needs and your goals. It’s a very user-friendly and non-threatening environment.

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

Really, when you first arrive it’s kind of like Cheers, where everybody knows your name. Colton was always yelling out of the back of the clinic welcoming you and making you feel like you’re a part of the process from the time you arrive.

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

My goal was to be able to do more, improve my balance, and improve my lower body strength and I have certainly done all of those things. It’s been a fantastic experience for me. I’ve met and exceeded all the goals that I had. They give you exercises to do on your own and I have those now so I can continue to maintain and do well. If not… I’ll come back!

What to Watch Out For:

Pain scale: 7/10
Pain description: Aching, burning and sharp pain and neuropathic pain in the feet and cramping in legs and calves. walking, balance with eyes closed, and getting up quickly is difficult
Worse with:
  • Walking
  • Standing
  • Prolonged sitting
Better with:
  • Not reported

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