Knee Replacement Gone Wrong: Astym therapy after surgery got me back into life

Due to a misaligned knee replacement, I lacked 28 degrees of extension in my knee. I could walk, but it was painful, and any time I tried to extend my knee as far as it would go, I had terrible pain, so the extension deficit was getting worse and worse. I saw several orthopedic surgeons who specialized in revisions, and they all said it was too soon for that. I’d had regular PT and it didn’t help. At 51 years old, I thought I was doomed to limited activity, pain, and a significant limp for the long haul.
Since the surgery, I had been keeping up with a knee replacement message board. There were many people in that community whose knee replacements had not gone well and Astym therapy was one of the treatments that had been successful. When I looked online for where I could find a practitioner in my area, I found Jennifer at SERC. I was skeptical, and she didn’t make any promises, but we agreed to try it for awhile and see if it could help.
I felt better after just a couple of treatments, and as we continued, I began to gain extension in my knee. The change was gradual but significant. By the end of our treatment, I had gained 17 degrees of extension, had almost no pain with walking, and significantly increased the strength in that leg.
I am a homemaker, and before Astym therapy I had to have someone else clean my house, and most of the time I had to ride the mororized cart at the grocery store. If I tried to shop on my feet, I would come home and spend the rest of the day icing my knee, hip, and ankle. Now, I can do all of the things I need to do, and usually there is little pain involved. My knee is still misalligned, and I still can’t take long walks or shop all day. But I am thankful that I can now do everything I NEED to do, and it doesn’t take me days to recover! I’m back to getting great exercise in the pool, and I no longer have to miss out on thrift shopping with friends. Thank you, Astym, for proving those surgeons wrong!

Suzanne Holland
Treating clinic:  SERC Metro North clinic, 7932 N. Oak Trafficway, Suite 212, Kansas City, MO 64118.   Phone: 816-420-8251                       Website:  www.serctherapy.com

Look Before You Leap – I shattered my heel but Astym therapy is giving me a fast recovery

It all began when I decided to take a short-cut to soccer practice and ended when I shattered my heel. Wearing soccer cleats with very little padding, I hopped a fence but didn’t notice it was on a retaining wall. I dropped 9 feet onto pavement, stuck the landing, and immediately knew that something was wrong. It turns out I had shattered my right heel into 200+ pieces. That saying “look before you leap” actually makes sense now.

The surgery put me back together using a plate secured to my heel with 8 pins. After the surgery, the doctor recalled “it was like someone had dropped an egg and I had to put it back together.” At this point, he informed me that my surgery was a success but my journey to recovery had just begun. Now the hard part…physical therapy.

It started with an evaluation and a determination that 14 weeks of inactivity had resulted in an extremely limited range of motion and a large amount of atrophy. I progressed well under the guidance of Audra Jahn at CORE Orthopaedic Medical Center in Encinitas, CA. With traditional therapy I was learning to walk again and began to regain strength in my arch, ankle, calf, and hip. However, after 36 sessions (2 per week) my progress had plateaued.

Still in considerable pain, this pain was limiting my movement and more importantly slowing my recovery. After consulting with my surgeon, he determined that scar tissue was causing a majority of the pain. The staff at CORE then suggested astym therapy as a solution to my problem. Having never heard of astym I was naturally a skeptic but that all changed the moment therapy began.

After the very first session with Pam Cloud I noticed an immediate improvement in my range of motion and experienced a little less pain. By the end of my third session, areas of my foot and ankle were no longer experiencing any pain whatsoever. Other areas had the pain reduced by 50%. I was surprised at how quickly I was seeing the positive results.

I’m currently continuing astym therapy in order to achieve a full recovery. While the treatments were initially bothersome, I have experienced less discomfort over time with each session. Exercising has become considerably easier and my limp had started to disappear as I retrain myself to now walk without pain.

I can’t recommend this therapy enough to people and wish I had only begun it sooner. My progress to full recovery is now on the fast track thanks to astym, Pam’s knowledgeable guidance, and her expert treatment.

John Rich
CORE Orthopaedic
Encinitas, California

Getting Old? Astym therapy really worked on my Achilles tendonitis

As an active 47 year old, I was upset about a year ago when my ankles and Achilles tendons began to bother me. It got to the point that there were days I could barely walk. My softball and volleyball league participation was out of the question. I was even having trouble doing everyday farm work. After consulting with a podiatrist, finding out I had “deformed” heel bones, bone spurs, and severe Achilles tendonitis, he started me on physical therapy to try to avoid surgery. Astym therapy was started immediately. Though I have a few weeks left of treatment, I have gotten to the point where I only have slight pain in one heel. It’s getting better daily! The results have been amazing! I truly think this treatment will help me avoid surgery.

Michele Orme
Treating Clinic: Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers-Greenfield
1563 N. State Street, Greenfield, IN 46140
Phone: 317-467-5700 Website: www.acceleratedrehab.com 

Tickle Torture: I laughed through Astym therapy and it cured my limp

I have ankle issues, so I was sent to PT by my doctor. I was told I was to get Astym therapy. On my first treatment, Andrea explained what she was going to do. Little did we know the tears she would make me shed twice a week. She started on my calf and worked her way down to my ankle, around my ankle, to the bottom of my foot, and then it happened…as she was working the muscles in my foot I had to laugh, and laugh so hard I was crying. She also had to laugh and so did everyone getting treatment at the same time. Funny but not funny. Needless to say, her torture helped me A LOT! When we think back on it all I can do is…LAUGH! I went from walking with a limp, to no limp at all! I also am for the most part, pain free.

Petra Bencal
Treating Clinic: Diamond Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Inc.
1140 East Algonquin Road,  Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: 847-854-0196 Website: www.dptrehab.com

Astym Therapy: Awesome Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

I did not know about Astym treatment before we started, but I noticed such a difference in the scar tissue at each session. I would highly recommend it and am going to try it on my plantar fasciitis now.

Patty Ruhland
Treating clinic: Kinesis Physical Therapy
1521 Northway Drive Suite 116
Saint Cloud, MN 56303 Phone: 320-654-9838
Website: kinesisphysicaltherapy.com

Thanks to Astym therapy, I am Doing Better in my Knee Surgery Recovery

I had my left knee replaced. I went into physical therapy the next week. For six weeks my therapy was at an impasse. I just couldn’t get much extension in my knee. My therapist suggested to try Astym therapy and we did. the results started to change the same day. It was unbelievable. I started to get more mobility in my knee. After six more weeks I got to around 103 degrees of bend in my knee thanks to Astym therapy and my therapist. It did really helped.

Robert Wm. Lucas
Treating Clinic: Northwest Physical Therapy
Country Aire Plaza
3724 Allentown Rd
Elida, OH 45807
Phone: 419-221-0904
Website:  www.northwestphysicaltherapy.com

Plantar Fasciitis – Astym therapy worked, I am now pain free!

I was having severe pain in my Achilles tendons and on the bottom of each foot. This pain started in September 2014 and during the busy holiday season I was on my feet quite a bit. It became so painful that I could barely stand it. I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuroma by my podiatrist. I started Astym treatment at Benchmark Therapy with Daniel. True the treatment is painful but after 14 treatments I am now pain free. Benchmark is a great facility and the PTs there are wonderful. I am now pain free and I know now how to exercise and do the appropriate stretches that will keep me this way, Astym therapy worked for me. I was also fitted with orthodics which helps greatly. They can be interchanged with all my shoes.

Katrina Calloway
Treating Clinic: BenchMark PT-East Towne
4635 Greenway Drive Knoxville, TN 37918
Phone: 865-546-0801 Website: www.benchmarkpt.com

Arms Over My Head: Astym therapy changed my life by restoring my movement after breast cancer treatment

I am a survivor of breast cancer. I had a bilateral mastectomy in August of 2013 followed by a year of chemo and 4 more surgeries to the chest finishing in December 2014. I developed chemo induced neuropathy and began falling from balance issues. This sent me to the Neurologist who sent me to physical therapy. After 2 months of work on the balance issues with success we turned our focus on the limited use of my upper body. I was working and trying but didn’t see very much progress when my PT mentioned to me that she was going to a training for a treatment called Astym therapy and that she wanted to try it on me when she got back. At this point, I can’t lift my arms parallel to my shoulders so I am willing to try anything. After the first treatment, and it hurt enough that ugly words came out of my mouth I felt more loose but really didn’t know what it had accomplished, they had me try to do a plank and I could only get about 1/2 inch off the table and had to keep my knees down on the table just to do that. I was so wore out from my workout that I could not change back into my work clothes. 3 days later I realized that I had just randomly raised my hands above my head-jumping jack style-and I got excited, really excited. I had not done that in a year & 1/2. 2nd treatment-didn’t hurt as badly and we added stomach to Astym treatment because of the lypo that had been done for reconstruct filler. The work out afterward went much better, then it was plank time…I was able to do a FULL plank, no knees down and fully off the table! WHAT? I just finished my 4th treatment, I feel better than I have in almost 2 years, I can lift and stretch and do many things that just 3 weeks ago were not even in my thoughts as being obtainable for months. I cannot tell you how much this treatment has changed my outlook and progress. I am so excited that there is a possibility that I can now swim this summer. I have 4 more treatments and even though I want to punch the PT (don’t judge;) sometimes because it hurts, I have realized no pain no gain really is true! It is over quickly and if I can go through chemo then I can handle a little Astym pain! My treatments times varied between 4-7 days in between because of my scheduling issues. I want to spread the word, shout it from the treetops and hopefully help someone else find a simple solution in this not so simple disease to find their strength and mobility again.

Alicia Stallings
Treating Clinic: Heartland Rehab Services-Murray
208 South 6th Street
Murray, KY 42071
Phone: 270-759-9500
Website:  www.hcr-manorcare.com

Neck and arm pain feeling 100% better after Astym treatment

My first visit the astym procedure made a huge difference. My finger stopped going numb and relief was 100% better. Was not fixed at 100%, but made it feel 100% better. Ashli, was been doing a great job, she know exactly where to work on my arm and neck. What a difference astym makes.

Susan
Treating Clinic: Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center
800 West 9th Street Jasper, IN 47546 Phone: 812-996-0682 Website: www.mhhcc.org

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