Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain & Foot Drop
All patient success stories are so rewarding to us, but this one from a woman getting physical therapy for foot drop and shoulder pain was absolutely amazing to experience. Being able to share a special moment with our patients - the moment they realize that their life won't be full of pain and limited motion anymore, is the most amazing gift.
One of the reasons the physical therapists at Breaking Through operate a private practice physical therapy clinic is to allow us to use effective techniques, based in science, one-on-one attention and restoring function - NOT the conventional PT methods that have begun to resemble a cookie cutter, impersonal, assembly-line approach. By focusing on getting to the root cause of our patient's dysfunction our treatments are more effective and patients that have been unsuccessful with other physical therapy see results in less sessions at Breaking Through.
This blog post is about one of our favorite patient success stories. If you have a success story to share, let us know and we would be honored to feature your experience in our next blog post.
Shoulder Pain: Makes Work Difficult and Eliminated Dance, Workouts and Activity
We recently had the pleasure of working with a young lady, Trish. She came to the physical therapists at Breaking Through with complaints of left shoulder pain that would bring her to tears and was limiting the “fun” activities she enjoyed. With the intensity of shoulder pain, she could tolerate just enough pain to get through day-to-day life and work, and could not do other activities. Trish is a hair stylist in Berea (an amazing one) and worked at a restaurant bartending, hosting, and doing any other task needed. Both jobs require a lot of standing, walking and lifting. She also enjoys salsa dancing and working out. Unfortunately, dancing and working out had become too difficult to do with her shoulder pain.
Initial Shoulder Pain Evaluation: Explained Drop Foot and Previous MS Misdiagnosis
During her first session, Trish was only able to raise her hand to 90 degrees due to a sharp pain in the joint. That first visit, we completed her full-body assessment and treatment to discover that much of her shoulder pain was coming from muscle inactivity around her hip and trunk. At the end of the first session, she was able to lift her hand over her head with only mild discomfort. Trish also explained, during this session, she had suffered left sided paralysis with foot drop. The medical team originally diagnosed her with Multiple Sclerosis and advised medications that she refused.
When we were able to assess further into her lower leg and foot, she quickly began to gain muscle activity of her left foot and ankle. Something she hadn’t had in over 10 years!
Effective Physical Therapy for Foot Drop and Shoulder Pain
Trish is extremely diligent with her home program that was specifically designed for her and her symptoms. The hard work she has put in and faith in our system has made all the difference. She has now returned to Yoga, weight lifting, dancing, and is working on growing her business! She is such an inspiration to us. She sent this reply when I asked her if I could share her story,
“Of course. I share it all the time now. I think mostly what you did was magic.. but also gave me tools and exercises that I could do while in my daily life. You also gave me the ability to calm my anxiety when my body responds to some of the movements. Where before I would worry that it was shutting down again!”
Her Google Review:
"I have been seeing Josh for 6 appointments. Originally went in for shoulder pain. After 13 years of drop foot on my left side I am able to wiggle my toes!!! Move my ankle and stand on one foot without falling! I’m so thrilled with the services received the genuine care and concern of the staff and the global approach to keeping me moving pain free. Thank you Josh! It’s been life changing..."
SET UP YOUR SHOULDER PAIN ASSESSMENT
Learn why our physical therapy will get better results in less visits when our doctors of PT work with you INDIVIDUALLY to uncover the root cause of your shoulder pain, foot drop or other dysfunction. To arrange a foot pain assessment contact us.
WHAT THEY SAY...
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