Patients

I have been working with this patient on a PRI plan of care to address left lower extremity radiculopathy following a back surgery.  We might refer to this as “failed back syndrome”.  She had plateaued in her program and was getting frustrated with her lack of progress.  She was wearing some good shoes consistently and I did not see major foot and ankle concerns initially.  This is a patient who is dedicated to her rehab plan of care so I knew compliance was not an issue.  We spoke at length about the benefits of a PRI orthotic and I finally convinced her to give them a try. 

She returned this week after wearing the orthotics for only two weeks and was thrilled with her immediate changes.  I asked her to put it in writing so we could share with others.  I know the orthotic is an investment for many, but the return on this investment is well worth it!

I especially thought Ron and Dr. Wise would be interested in her visual changes!

Jen


Hi Jennifer,

I want to thank you and the person you worked with on my new orthotics—they’re wonderful!  I started seeing changes immediately upon inserting them into my shoes:

I gained approximately 2 inches in height because I was now firmly placing my weight on my heels versus balancing on the balls of my feet; people at I work were asking me how did I grow taller over a weekend.
I finally started to feel all the correct muscles (e.g. glutes, abs, adductor, etc.)  in my body engaging in concert; typically I could only get that feeling when doing the PRI exercises.
I was able to walk 3.3 mph on the treadmill compared to 2.7 before the orthotics; I was even able to push upwards of 3.6 mph for short bursts.

Beyond the immediate changes, I’ve also had some additional successes with the orthotics:

On my last lift test I moved from a 3 to a 4; it feels great to be off that plateau.
My left calf and hamstring are gaining more flexibility.
My vision has also improved and I no longer have a need to visit my eye doctor for new eye glasses.

I am thankful for the improvements I’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, and I appreciate all the two of you have done to improve my quality of living.

Posted November 18, 2010 at 10:34PM
Categories: Patients

We are excited to share this success story with you sent to us by Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC.  His patient describes her journey through Physical Therapy and how PRI saved her running career.  Check it out HERE!

Posted October 19, 2010 at 9:55PM
Categories: Clinicians Patients

I wanted to share a very cool story about a patient I just recently saw…

A 65 year old female comes in and sees me with a complaint of right-sided lateral and medial elbow pain. She has a 3-4 year history of symptoms. Patient has received 4 cortisone injections with min-mod relief (symptomatic relief has decreased with each injection). Patient has had PT at 2 different locations with no success.  During PRI exam, she is identified as a PEC. She is repositioned during PT session and is sent home with Paraspinal Release program 2x/day. Comes in 7 days later and hasn’t held her correction. She corrects with a Superior T4 manual technique and continues Paraspinal Release program. I also placed a medial longitudinal arch pad in her right shoe in an attempt to hold her correction. Comes in 10 days later and has not held her correction. On her third visit, I use a tongue depressor on her left molars and re-check her PRI tests (HG IR, passive HG flexion, Adduction Drop, Extension Drop) and it does nothing. So, I ask the patient when the last time was that she had an eye exam (she wears glasses – and I used to make glasses to help pay my way through PT school, so, I can tell that she has a pretty strong prescription). She says she has been due to get her eyes checked. I explain that I believe she has something going on with her eyes and that is causing her inability to hold her corrected posture. I ask her to see an eye specialist and I send a note to that specialist explaining my findings. The patient calls me after her visit and is crying. She has cataracts in both eyes and needs emergency surgery!!! She would have never have found out if it wasn’t for me. And, I would’ve never checked if it wasn’t for PRI…a home run all the way around.

-Mike Dixey, PT, Cert MDT, CSCS

Posted July 27, 2010 at 2:07PM
Categories: Patients

Here is our latest teleconference!  This video reflects the treatment of a PEC patient who overuses her hip flexors.  Read her history HERE!

Posted June 28, 2010 at 3:08PM
Categories: Patients Videos Clinicians

The day I was treating this patient I thought this looked like a type I right shoulder blade and a type III on the left.  After I got home, I’m wondering if it is a Type II bilaterally and I didn’t see it correctly?  Can you tell by looking at the picture?

You were right the first time…she is a Type I on the right and a Type III on the left.  She is in IR on the right and ER on the left.  She doesn’t have a lot of upper trap and mid trap hyperactivity to be considered a Bilateral Type II. 

Posted November 5, 2009 at 4:23PM
Categories: Patients
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