Category Archives: Knee pain

Finally Some Relief! After surgery, Astym therapy relieved pain and increased my range of motion

I had a knee replacement in Jan 15 that did not go well causing constant pain and swelling requiring arthroscopy in Jun 15 to remove scar tissue. The joint was too loose and in Feb 17 I had to have a “Revision” or second replacement. Scar tissue has apparently been hindering my range of motion and causing increased pain. Swelling remained a concern to my physician and my Physical Therapists. An Astym-Certified Therapist has treated me 7 times with Astym therapy. I believe it has helped with resolving scar tissue, swelling, pain and range of motion. It has also improved the plantar fasciitis pain on my right heel. Last weekend I was finally able to do some gardening, planting flowers and attend a festival. I can walk much longer and no longer need the electric cart at the grocery store. I will recommend it to my neighbor who is having on going problems with his Achilles tendon.

Delfina Tomaini
Treating Clinic: CORA Health Services
Palm Coast, Florida Website: www.corahealth.com

Astym Therapy is Helping my Knee Pain

I could barely walk when I started therapy! My therapist Vincent Guadagna has been doing  Astym treatment and the mobility has gotten much better! It was sore at first but with each treatment it has gotten better and better!

KURT BELLA
Treating Clinic:  Ken Kurtz Physical Therapy
8705 Sheridan Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: 716-631-1212  Website: www.kenkurtz.com

Patellar Tendinitis No More!

4 years ago, 5 miles into a strong afternoon run, tragedy struck – I nearly collapsed in pain and limped across the street, calling a friend to pick me up. Since then, I’ve attempted running in various ways and at various speeds, never having any success at lasting more than a mile or two – and always with mild to crippling pain. Patellar tendinitis was an obstacle to my overall health and my enjoyment of life!

Astym Therapy is changing everything.

Recently, after signing up for an ambitious half marathon training program, I completed the first morning of speed training and was left nearly immobile – I was limping and couldn’t walk down the stairs on both feet. Typical.

An hour later I was in Lisa’s office for my first PT appointment, where she began her course of Astym treatment, followed by the recommended stretching protocol. Honest to God, I walked away from that appointment literally jumping for joy. By the following day I awoke with ZERO detectable pain. After ONE treatment! We have followed up with consecutive treatments and I have been able to increase my mileage and my training. I am actually running again.

I began running as a way to calm my mind and care for my wellbeing. I have lived with the stigma of having a bum knee for years, constantly being reminded of it’s intolerance for my eagerness to be active. I have regained a huge passion in my life, and I look forward to my first half marathon this November. Thank you, thank you for making this available to myself and others. This is a dream come true.

Jonathon Childs
Back2Normal Physical Therapy

465 2nd Avenue North, Suite A
Saint Petersburg, Florida

http://www.back2normalpt.com

Mastering Stairs/Riding a Bicycle

I have been suffering from chronic knee pain for many years due to various reasons not the least of which is arthritis damage resulting from previous injuries. I had total knee replacement surgery on my right knee on September 19. After some home health physical therapy visits, my surgeon sent me to APEX for more “aggressive” treatment. Up until this time, I had to take steps like a baby, couldn’t drive, and getting on a stationary bike was out of the question. On my third visit I received Astym treatment and was amazed at the changes, not immediately, but that evening I took my first stairs, down, one at a time, in more than several years. That was a milestone. I could also get in and out of the car easily and began driving again. I received another treatment on my next visit and soon added the stationary bike to my routine. My thigh is betting better, and I am not only reaching but surpassing my weekly goals in physical therapy.

I had never heard of Astym therapy prior to this experience but I can attest to the success in my case.

Jan Larson
Apex Physical Therapy
110 Northeast 2nd Place, Suites 105 & 106, Cape Coral, Florida

http://www.apexptflorida.com

Astym Therapy is Great For Me

Astym therapy is great for me because it has been used on my shoulder and both knees. It helps with the scar tissue in healing and helps to get my muscles back in order. My Therapist Mona is a Great Person and helps me a lot. I can’t give her any gift, as it is not allowed but she is the #1 in my book.

Mary A Jackson
Treating Clinic: OSF Center for Health  111 Spring Street
Streator, IL, 61364 Website: www.osfhealthcare.org

Astym Therapy Shortened My Recovery Period

I received a full knee replacement in January 2017 . During my recovery treatment, my back and hip flexor muscles tightened up making it difficult for me to walk. My therapist treated me with Astym therapy on various locations on my back and legs which helped loosen the tightness in my muscles allowing me to be able to perform my various exercises. The Astym therapy procedure considerably shortened my recovery period. Now I’m able to lead a normal life, walk for a distance, swim lengths in my pool and ride my bike for several miles. Thank you Astym therapy.

Steve Achekian

Treating Clinic:  APEX Physical Therapy/ Concepts in Rehab-          110 Northeast 2nd Place, Suites 105 & 106
Cape Coral, Florida, 33909  Website: www.apexptflorida.com

http://www.apexptflorida.com

ACL recovery – Astym therapy made a huge difference

I injured my acl in March 2016 and had to do physical therapy before having surgery and my therapist tried astym treatment after a few weeks and it made such a huge difference because I was able to walk much better after each time. After my surgery we waited a few weeks and my knee was very tight and once my dr cleared it then we were able to start astym treatment again and have done it a few times now and it has helped my pain and ability to bend my leg more.

Cassandra torres
Treating Clinic:  St Margaret’s
Center for Physical Rehabilitation
1400 Midtown Road
Peru, IL 61354
Phone: 815-223-8600
Website: http://www.aboutsmh.org/

After knee replacement, Astym therapy improved my movement and decreased the scar tissue

I had both knees totally replaced. The right in Feb 2016. It went so well and I recovered so quickly that I was able to go back to work in 2 months. I didn’t have much pain or swelling. The physical therapy went well also. I had the left knee done in Oct 2016 and thought it would go the same, but it didn’t. The left knee developed some scar tissue that made it difficult to get the degree of bending that I got with the right one. The physical therapy was tougher and more painful. My Therapist (Ella Bule) was great. She started doing astym therapy to help the scar tissue to loosen so I could get that better range of motion. After the 1st session I was in a lot of pain, but it was a good pain. I could feel it working the next day. I had 6 treatments and I was able to be released from physical therapy because the astym treatments helped me reach my degree goal.

Caroline OBrien
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
Physical Therapy & Rehab, 2345 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054 Phone: 704-865-0077
Website:  www.carolinaorthopaedic.com

Love it! Astym therapy helped me after surgery.

This is the third time astym therapy has helped me, twice on two different knee replacements and one on rotator cuff surgery . I really like it! It made a difference in my recovery .

Teresa Mathis
Treating Clinic: Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
2345 Court Drive, Gastonia, NC 28054 Phone: (704) 865-0077 Website: www.carolinaorthopaedic.com

Astym therapy fixed my knee pain and got me back to running

I’ve been a runner for about 5 years; going from hating running to doing a couple 1/2 marathons. Running was something I loved to do. Every morning I was up at 5am to run before my day started.

My right knee started to become sore. I let it go for awhile just thinking it would resolve on its own; before I knew it I could hardly drive, put on my socks or straighten my leg after it had been bent for awhile. Finally I went to an orthopedic doctor who did an MRI and found distal quadricep tendonitis and a small partial thickness tear.

He referred me to PT (which I thought was odd, as how can therapy help a tear?) but I went and worked with a great therapist. She stated she wanted to try something called “astym” therapy; I had never hear of this but figured she knows what she’s doing so I agreed to the treatment.

The day following my first treatment I had NO PAIN! It was incredible! No pain walking, crouching, putting on socks or walking stairs. I thought this treatment was a miracle. The following days after therapy there was a slight “tinge” I’d describe it as, but going to therapy twice weekly for about 6 weeks it got less and less. Astym along with the PTs suggested exercises worked a miracle on my knee.

I am now back to running. Trying to take it slow (which is soo difficult to do) but not wanting that pain to come back as it seems unreal that it could be gone after how bad it had gotten. Astym definitely seems like a miracle treatment and something I would suggest to anyone with an injury similar to mine. :):)

Whitney Violette
Treating Clinic: Altru Rehabilitation Center
1300 South Columbia Road Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701-780-2315 Website:  www.altru.org