Category Archives: Knee pain

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

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

How Astym Therapy Helped Me After Knee Injury

I’m 64 years old and was hit by a car while I was riding my bicycle about a year and half ago. It messed my left knee up pretty good along with some other things. The pain was pretty bad and didn’t go away after about a year. My doctor said that the only way I could get rid of the pain was to get a full knee replacement, so after talking to some people, and family who had it done, I went ahead and had the full knee replacement. It worked out pretty good for me, but what I want to talk to you about is the Physical Therapy I had to go through, and how the Astym treatment worked out for me. Cora Health where I went for my physical therapy has this lady who works there, her name is Hyacinth Wallace, she is the clinic manager there. She was the one told me about Astym Treatment, how it could help soften the muscle tissue. After the operation my leg and knee were really tight, and the area behind my left knee was hard, and made it difficult for me to get my full range of motion back in my left leg. When Hyacinth started the Astym treatments I could feel the change in the muscles and tissue all the way up my leg, and especially behind my left knee. I believe this treatment has really helped me to get most of my range of motion back in my left leg, and I’m not done with my physical therapy at this time. My range of motion is 0 to 120 degrees. So I’m feeling pretty good about how it’s working out for me. So check it out yourself.

Thanks again
Jim

Jim Stodola
Treating Clinic:  CORA Palm Coast
50 Plaza Drive, Suite 104
Palm Coast, FL 32137
Phone: 386-447-5447 Website:  www.corahealth.com

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