Meet Carol. The 1 On 1 Care and Personal Attention Is What She Liked Most at CORE. A 5 Star Review For Stephen Dunn

How Long Did You Wait To Start Physical Therapy? How Bad Was Your Problem?

Oh, I planned to see you. You were part of my post-operative, get-better-fast program.

So I had a full knee replacement and I planned then to come to see you. To come to see you as soon as I could after surgery. I tried for a long time, maybe a year and a half, two years, to sort of postpone … I didn’t want to have knee surgery. So I tried to stay away from having knee surgery and I went to physical therapy.

And when I decided … people had said, I think it’s often said that you know when you need to have a replacement, and drugs weren’t really helping and so … and the surgeon said he didn’t think that the gel injection would work, so anyway. I decided to do the surgery, but I knew that exercising was critical to being able to get back to what I wanna do.

Basically, yoga and tennis. And swimming, yeah. I had to be able to do those again.

What Did You Know About Physical Therapy Before Coming To CORE?

Well, I think I was pretty well informed because I had had terrible sciatica in 2009 that lasted for a year and a half because I didn’t want spine surgery and I exercised through that and did physical therapy through that. Then when my knee started to hurt, I did a lot of physical therapy. So, I guess I have worked with, I don’t know, four physical therapists by the time … for various issues, by the time I decided to have surgery.

What Did You Enjoy Most About Coming To CORE?

I really loved the personal attention and it just … so the physical therapy situations that I had been in were the sorts where a physical therapist was working with multiple units of us over a session. And so I got short bits of attention, but not concentrated attention over my hour’s worth of time, you know? So I got shifted off to handlers basically.

And the key physical therapist would come in and then tell someone else to take me and do other things. So, I loved the one on one nature of the treatment. That was really important.

The size of the studio here, the integration, really, of Pilates, which I’m very familiar with because I used to do it, and would like to get back to doing it. I loved what I had learned about GYROTONIC® exercise, and I want to do more of that because I’ve never really done that on a regular basis.

So, I don’t know. It just felt like this was pointed toward integration with my regular exercise life, rather than being strictly medical treatment, which is what you feel, or what I feel when I’m in a big physical therapy setting.

What Was Your Goal With Coming To CORE?

Love the dogs, Love the dogs! They’re part of regular life, too. So, I knew I would only be in town for a certain number of weeks, so you know, if I lived here and I were staying here, I would just keep coming.

Because I think probably the physical therapy that my insurance will pay for is three months. So, you know, I just would have worked in tandem with the insurance supported physical therapy and this private physical therapy. Or out of pocket-Physical therapy. I would have continued to do that here if I’d been able. But I will take this model- I will take this model and I’ll use it in New Orleans and do the same thing there. I mean, everyone tells me I’m doing really well for four weeks after surgery. And, you know, I credit you guys and also the surgeon’s physical therapist, it’s, you know, it’s been team work. But, I know I wouldn’t have come this far this fast if I hadn’t been here.

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