Progress Physical Therapy

I am still running today.

I suffered an Achilles tendon injury in 2001. I tried seeing a doctor about my injury but learned that doctors primarily operate and medicate. The doctor prescribed Celebrex, which I didn’t really like, and provided a referral for physical therapy. Alas, I was referred to a large PT practice where one physical therapist saw multiple patients simultaneously. I made no progress. Though I am a runner, I couldn’t even walk normally during the summer of 2001. Then I learned about Lori von Alten. She provided one-on-one care for a full hour. Her evaluation led me to get an MRI and orthotics. I began seeing Lori in September. By October I was walking around my neighborhood. By January I was cleared to run again. In 2005 I suffered an overuse injury in the other Achilles tendon. Then, after a home accident, that modest injury developed into Paratenonitis. Lori recommended that I wear a boot for a period of time and we continued doing therapy on the injury. By January of 2005, I was again cleared to run. Since then I have seen Lori on a regular basis. Her diagnoses, tissue work and other therapy, along with the strengthening exercises she recommends, have largely kept me injury free. I am still running today. The ability to continue doing this has added enormously to my quality of life—especially during the pandemic.

BH, Raleigh NC
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