At OrthoCore Physical Therapy, we can’t say it enough: we love what we do and who we work with. Since we have so many amazing patients, we decided to share their stories every month. This month, our patient spotlight shines on Jim.
Jim came to OrthoCore from a referral from an orthopedic doctor who told him there was not much they could do for him after an injury to his left knee. His doctor referred him to Kristi, knowing Kristi’s expertise in cycling and physical therapy. “I was experiencing pain underneath the kneecap,” said Jim. “I had finally found a sport I loved (cycling), and I was crushed when it seemed I might not be able to continue riding.”
Kristi led Jim through a series of strength training and stretches of selected muscles in the legs. “These were designed to compensate for movement in my knee cap,” Jim said. “Essentially, we were strengthening the other muscles to bring the kneecap into alignment.”
Jim was assigned physical therapy “homework” consisting of exercises and stretches, which he diligently followed. “I was told this routine of sticking to the plan was one of the main reasons my recovery went so well, and so quickly. I was back riding my bicycle in 8 weeks. Then in 6 months I was riding 70 miles per day on a 500 mile trip from Rhode Island to Ohio, camping along the way.” Way to go, Jim!
Jim continues with the exercises to strengthen his leg muscles. His injury has not returned, and he rides about 4 times a week. At the age of 58, Jim has completed his first Triathlon last September. “I never would have done that without my treatment at OrthoCore,” Jim remarked.
“The staff is friendly and professional, likeable and competent. They know what they are doing. Combine that with a personal interest in who you are as a person, and it’s an awesome combination. Only go to OrthoCore if you want to get better, feel stronger, and be active again. If you’d rather stay in pain, then it’s probably not worth it!”