“My name is Polly and this was my first time coming to Back in Motion! In the past year I have had two hip replacements, a knee replacement, three herniated discs, and plantar fasciitis. My pain was an effect of having really bad arthritis. I originally started physical therapy after having my first hip and knee replacement.
After weeks of PT, my hip started acting up again and it didn’t seem to be healing properly. We tried a number of different things at PT and eventually, my PT Ryan suggested that I may have something going on with my femur. The doctors couldn’t figure out what it was: we did MRI’s and CT scans, and still no results. Ryan advocated for me and finally my doctor decided to open me up and sure enough I had a floating stem in my femur and they needed to do another hip replacement.
Following that I was on a crutch for 6 months. I could barely do anything. The pain and limited mobility deterred me from doing my basic everyday things and I had to put a lot of things on hold. The simple tasks like doing laundry or making my bed were difficult to do with just one free hand. I also have two pugs named Michael James and Mr. Jones (they’re the cutest) and I couldn’t take them out for walks. After a year of hard work, strengthening, and trying out a couple of different treatment methods, I was able to ditch the crutch and can now walk up and down the stairs again without holding onto the railings. Back in Motion got me through this and helped me with all of those things, every step of the way. They were there for more than just physical support, but for emotional support too as I was frustrated and stressed dealing with the pain. With their support, I got through it and they helped me have a good attitude about it.
I ended up having a great relationship with all of them; they are very comical! I established relationships with them and I enjoyed going to physical therapy. When you’re there it is so personalized. You get to know people and they get to know you. It was enjoyable and it was fun! I have such a respect for Physical Therapists now. They live and think outside of the box. Bless the hearts of all of the doctors, but when you go have a surgery, the doctors are focused on that one joint. Then you go to PT and they know all about the muscles, the bones, arthritis, the tendons and how the body works. They offer suggestions and they care about you as a whole patient and person.
I still have arthritis; nothing is going to make that go away. But I have learned how to manage it and have been doing the stretches and exercises they have given me over the last year and it has helped. I can do anything anybody else can do: I can function normally again. When I started PT I had one goal: To be able to walk on the rocks at my cottage in Milbridge, Maine.
I am now excited to say that I reached my goal and can walk on the rocks again!
I would recommend BIM to anyone- it was a wonderful experience. They know what they’re talking about and I trust them. It was a good experience and I hope I never have to come in and see them again unless it’s on a social visit or out in the community! They helped me get to where I am today.”