Category Archives: Knee pain

My knee pain is gone and I feel rejuvenated – thank you Astym therapy!

So where do i begin? I will first start off by saying that I am not a very good writer but I wanted to share my story. I got diagnosed with AML (a form of leukemia) on Jauary 18th 2016. It took a toll on my body not that my body was great before then but its defenitly got my bones feelin frail. I went through 5 rounds of chemo. After i finished my chemo i wanted to continue to walk to help me loose weight and to get my exercise. I was so determined that i started walking 5 miles a day. I started getting pain in my knee, so much so that the pain would shoot up my leg and have me so squirmy to get comfortable. I was having trouble walking up and down stairs, in and out of the car, driving,and in and out of bed sometimes. I stopped walking because i was in so much pain afterward. A month had gone by and my pain was not going away. I didn’t really know what to do for the pain so I just endured the pain. I finally decided to go to the doctor. She ordered X-rays on my knee and ordered physical therapy. I started going to the OSF Center for Health in Streator, Illinois. Joleen Hancock was my therapist she suggested that I try the Astym treatment. She was certain that my knee cap needed adjusted. She proceeded with the treatment. I was very impressed the first time it was performed. Although it hurt like crazy and I screamed a little. I was in heaven as i walked out of there that day. It started working immediately and as treatment went on I loved going because i knew it would make me feel great. I encountered a few other things as it went on. I could feel the difference in my legs because I was only being treated for the right knee my left knee would feel so tight. I did the stretches with both legs but because I was getting my muscles worked out on the one leg you could feel the tightness in the other. I also started having troubles with my hip. So the therapist had to adjust me so that i was lined up correctly and in place. I also had to go back for therapy on my upper and lower back. The Astym treatment was performed on me this way as well. Again I would scream and Jolene would tell me ok lets not scare the other patients away. It helped me immediately. They gave me stretches to do and as long as I did my stretches I felt fine. I was able to start walking again. I haven’t met my goal of my 5 miles a day yet but I’m working on it. I don’t have any more pain in my knee. I can walk up and down the stairs no problem. Getting in and out of my bed my leg doesn’t hurt any more when i drive. I feel so much better like i’m rejuvenated. I can now get on with my life continue to stretch out these muscles and fight to keep my body in remission. I am so glad that I got to experience the Astym treatment and would definitely recommend it to everyone.

Tamara Phillips
Treating Clinic: OSF Healthcare System-Streator
OSF Center for Health 111 Spring Street
Streator, IL 61364 Phone: 815-673-4549                                         Website: www.osfhealthcare.org

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

No more knee pain after Astym therapy

I started suffering from an old knee injury last Fall. My knee was becoming a painful event every day. I talked to the physical therapists at TOPS Physical Therapy about treatment for my knee. They assured me that they could help me get back to normal, (pre Fall 2016) with treatment and exercises.

With confidence in their abilities, I started going to physical therapy three times a week. During the sessions, the physical therapist would use Astym therapy on my knee area, thigh and the back of my leg. I was amazed when they explained the process and how they were addressing scar tissue and adhesions. I am positive that this treatment contributed to the quick recovery from my knee pain.

Terri Brannon
Treating Clinic: TOPS Physical Therapy 5353 North 16th Street
Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-526-0037 Website: topsphysicaltherapy.com

Astym therapy: Getting Back To My A Game

I suffered a season ending injury to my knee while playing in a basketball game. I had ACL surgery back in April of 2015 and needed PT to get me back to playing the game I love! The road to recovery and getting back on the court was a long nine months. TOPS Physical Therapy gave me some of the best care that I have ever experienced as an athlete. Astym therapy was something that they used on me to help aid my recovery process and keep me tuned up! Astym therapy helped with scar tissue, tightness, increased blood flow, and really getting in deep to address those adhesions. Astym therapy also helped with an old ankle injury I suffered 10 years ago, that I thought was helpless! I love Astym therapy and TOPS Physical Therapy!

Keaton Ranger
Treating Clinic: TOPS Physical Therapy 5353 North 16th Street
Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-526-0037 Website: topsphysicaltherapy.com

 

Astym Therapy at Apex PT really helped my knee pain after surgery

The astym treatment I received at Apex helped considerably in reducing unwanted scar tissue in my replaced knee area. The after surgery treatment lessened the healing time and has me walking with better pace stride and less pain.

lawrence bennett
Treating Clinic: Apex Physical Therapy (Next to Fucillo Kia)
110 NE 2nd Place, Suites105 & 106
Cape Coral, FL 33909
Phone: 239-573-8658 Website: www.apexptflorida.com

What is Astym treatment?

Astym treatment is a physical therapy treatment that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions.

Astym treatment is highly effective for restoring movement and reducing pain from soft tissue injury/dysfunction, and Astym even works when other approaches routinely fail.  One of the main reasons for this is that Astym was designed to target the underlying cause of many soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to relieve symptoms.  Here are some of the diagnoses where patients have demonstrated excellent clinical results when treated with Astym:

• Lateral epicondylosis, chronic lateral epicondylitis
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis
• Wrist sprain
• Plantar fasciopathy/heel pain/chronic plantar fasciitis
• Achilles tendinosis and chronic achilles tendinitis
• Shin splints
• Patellar tendinosis, chronic patellar tendinitis/tendonitis (jumper’s knee)
• IT band syndrome
• Chronic hamstring strain
• Joint contractures
• Overuse injuries
• Pain or loss of motion & function following surgery, trauma or overuse injury

Here is a full listing of diagnoses that have been monitored and the outcomes (treatment results) tracked.

Astym treatment is non-invasive, which means there are no injections or incisions.  Instruments are applied topically (on top of the skin) to locate dysfunctional (unhealthy) tissue, and to transfer mild to moderate pressure to the underlying soft tissue structures.   Astym treatment stimulates tissue turnover, scar tissue resorption, and the regeneration of tendons, muscles and other soft tissue structures.

Astym treatment  is typically provided twice weekly for four to five weeks (about 9 total treatment sessions) and is done in conjunction with eccentric loading, stretching, and functional exercises. Unlike other treatments, Astym encourages patients to active, workers to stay on the job, and athletes to stay in their sport during treatment. The Astym process actually makes the tissues of the body stronger, and allows a patient’s body to become adapted to greater stress without injury.  Patients are very satisfied  and enthused with the results they see from Astym

Astym is used in settings ranging from therapy clinics to hospitals to industrial rehabilitation to elite/professional athletics. This highly-effective, proven treatment helps countless patients every day. Astym is scientifically based and supported by clinical research and extensive outcomes.

Astym therapy – my miracle treatment

In February 2014, I slipped and fell on the ice resulting in multiple fractures of my tibia. I had to have surgery which involved inserting a rod from my knee to my ankle and screws to anchor it in (both knee and ankle). After four months of limited mobility, I was still experiencing major swelling in both my knee and ankle and limited mobility. My orthopedic surgeon prescribed normal Physical Therapy and Aquatic Therapy for two months. After the two month treatment, I had very little improvement. The major problem was still swelling in both my knee and my ankle (I couldn’t stand for more than 20 minutes at a time without swelling and pain). My therapist then told me that she was actually being certified the following weekend for Astym therapy and that she said if I was interested in continuing treatment using this new therapy that I should contact my doctor to continue with treatment (which I did). I was my therapists first patient the following Monday. After the first treatment, I could actually walk at a normal gait and that night I was able to walk in the park with my husband for the first time in months for an hour and I had absolutely no pain and no swelling afterwards. After just three treatments, my knee (which was swollen to the point you could not see my knee cap) returned to the perfectly normal level. There is no way that this would have happened without Astym treatment. After finishing treatment, I can now walk normally again, I can actually go down the stairs the normal way again and I am no longer limping. Astym has changed my life for the better – I can’t imagine not having this treatment. It gave me my mobility, my strengh and honestly my normal life back! Thank you Maria and Astym for helping me get back to my life!

Tonya SanChez, Astym therapy patient
Clinic: Northwest Physical Therapy
Suite 100
1880 North Perry Street
Ottawa, OH 45875
Phone: 419-523-9003                                                                                           Website: www.northwestphysicaltherapy.com