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  • Name: Patty
  • Age: 60s
  • Pain point: Vertigo
  • Outcome:

    Able to walk with less sway and unsteadiness, picking objects off of the floor or teeing up for golf, and return to sports (tennis, golf, and pickleball).

Patty’s Story

How long did you wait before deciding on physical therapy and what was the obstacle?
I didn’t realize that there was help. I mean it’s inner ear, it’s not like it’s a pulled muscle or anything.

What was it and how bad was your problem prior to receiving physical therapy?
I had some inner ear vestibular problems and I wasn’t able to play tennis or pickleball. Tennis was my favorite and I haven’t played tennis in almost 3 years. Pickleball I would try, and I could play maybe one game before I would have to sit down. Finally I just kind of gave up.

What was your pain preventing you from doing?
I learned how to compensate. I wouldn’t make fast head turns. Just certain things I wouldn’t do. I knew my limits. Just like playing tennis or pickleball, I knew when I had to quit.

What would you say to someone who was experiencing pain but skeptical about physical therapy?
I have a friend right now who just fell and is having balance issues so I took a card to give to her.

Out of all the things that you enjoyed about coming to Preferred Physical Therapy, what did you enjoy the most?
Oh everybody is so friendly here. You walk in the door and everybody says hello. Nobody’s beating you up and they’re just very very helpful. When I thought I was doing things bad, Colton especially, “no no you got it, you’re doing things good”. So everybody was great.

What were you wanting to achieve and did we help you to achieve it?
If I could just play tennis. This past week, I didn’t have physical therapy, and I played tennis twice, pickleball once, and did fantastic. That was the reason I took the week off,  so that I could see if I could do it and if there were any issues, they were going to work with those issues. But I’m fine. I’m a happy camper.

What to Watch Out For:

Pain scale: No pain
Pain description: Dizziness and unsteadiness
Worse with:
  • Positional changes
  • Large amplitude repetitive head movements
  • Tracking moving objects (such as watching tennis/pickleball match)
  • Being in a car
  • Picking objects off floor
  • Sports
Better with:
  • Rest
  • Seated with focused breathing

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