Physical Therapy

I had a phys­i­cal ther­a­py appoint­ment today at Metro­Health. I must say, I’m impressed with their hos­pi­tal. They’ve got excel­lent, good-natured staff, and they fol­low-up on small prob­lems like a dachs­hund down a bad­ger hole.

I’m sans 70# of grip strength in my right arm because of the bro­ken elbow, and my range of motion degrees for straight­en­ing the arm are poor as well. I also real­ized just how under­served and orphaned I was at Notre Dame when I dis­lo­cat­ed my kneecap. The extent of my phys­i­cal ther­a­py there was being told to ride a bicy­cle until I felt bet­ter. No one mea­sured my range of motion or mon­i­tored my progress; and I won­der if I would have an arthrit­ic knee now if I’d some pro­fes­sion­al assis­tance at the time.

I’ve got five more appoint­ments for phys­i­cal ther­a­py, some exer­cis­es to do at home, good lit­er­a­ture and a deter­mi­na­tion to get my dom­i­nant arm to 100% again. Thank­ful­ly, I have some good help this time.

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  • I had a very pos­i­tive expe­ri­ence myself with the Metro­Health phys­i­cal ther­a­py depart­ment two years ago. Back surgery for me seemed inevitable but with their help I was able to work my back into shape and avoid it.
    It’s a sub­tle thing and per­haps it was luck. In fact for awhile I thought it was a waste of time. I stuck with the exer­cis­es though and one day found one that real­ly did the trick.
    Stick with it and good luck.

  • just wait until you get the bill.

    2 years ago i sprained my ankle & of course they wouldn’t allow me to leave with­out crutch­es, which i only used once & that was when leav­ing the place [just to keep their smil­ing face smil­ing].
    after they gave me the crutch­es they forced me to go to phz-ther­a­py so they can show me how to prop­er­ly use them. after 15 mins of some kid show­ing me how to oper­ate said crutch­es, i signed some papers and left.
    one week lat­er they sent me the bill & the cost of that 15mins of phys­i­cal ther­a­py was $3200.00 [not includ­ing the price of the TX & the crutch­es], yah my insur­ance cov­ered it but that insur­ance has gone up three-fold in the last two years.
    no won­der these shiny hap­py peo­ple have grins that would put the jok­ers to shame..

    go USA!!!

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