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!
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.