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Jean Marie Seitz

Jean Marie Seitz

Improved Stability and Confidence

Three and a half weeks post-fusion of my left S.I. (sacral-iliac) pelvic joint, my doctor cleared me to begin physical therapy. It was not something I really wanted to do, as over the past 10 years I had received a lot of physical therapy. Daily, I did physical therapy exercises learned earlier, walked my dog, and went to the gym twice weekly. But, this situation was different. For over four years, I had been living with recurrent pain in my pelvis which affected my walking, posture and balance without the use of a cane. Two steroid injections every four months had been keeping me functional until their effectiveness wore off. Finally, I decided on pelvic-fusion surgery, and already, it had eliminated the pain. Surely physical therapy treatment would be limited in order to regain my post-surgery strength.

I called Avenues Therapy Clinic and the Patient Care Coordinator, expedited an evaluation within four days. Lo and behold, my physical therapist was Eric Nelson, a former colleague of mine. It didn’t take him long to determine that marked weakness of muscles in core, pelvis and upper left leg were creating very unstable walking. Now that pelvic pain was virtually gone, treatment could focus on strengthening and stability. Initial exercises were very gentle so as not to disturb fusion healing. Eric provided step-by-step increments in proper breathing and leg movements- some which I could do initially while lying on my bed. He always demonstrated or gave verbal feedback and cues I could use to correct movement shifts. Each week I could feel progress in muscle strength- something I hadn’t felt for a long time.

At the end of four weeks, I assessed my progress toward functional goals to be about 60%. Now I realize just how much compensation my right leg had been doing, and I was looking forward to continued physical therapy! This I did for 25 physical therapy treatments which ended with improved stability and confidence walking, standing, and performing all daily activities with improved posture. I’m about 75% back in pelvic strength to support movement and have a good sense of carryover needed and when to stop strenuous muscle activity. I owe this to the experiences professionalism of Eric Nelson who cheerfully guided me through each tough set of exercises. Each staff member at Avenues Therapy Clinic is highly competent, and each gives total attention to their patients. I am very happy to give high vote of confidence to their physical therapy services.

2018-03-13T05:53:46+00:00
Each staff member at Avenues Therapy Clinic is highly competent, and each gives total attention to their patients. I am very happy to give high vote of confidence to their physical therapy services.