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Thanks to SOL Walnut Creek, this client has made big strides towards recovery

The physical therapists and performance coaches at SOL work diligently every single day to change people’s lives for the better.  We cheer for small progress, and applaud for big strides.

Amidst our everyday wins, we occasionally see mind blowing transformations. Thanks to SOL Walnut Creek, we have an incredible rehabilitation story that we hope will give all our readers hope for the possibility of a fun and purposeful life in the bodies they’ve been blessed with.

Describe how you felt before coming to SOL for physical therapy.

“I came to SOL PT because I was having severe, painful contractions like a Charley horse in my right hip at the front of the pelvis where it connects to the thigh. Sometimes the pain was so sudden and debilitating that I fell down.

My activities became increasingly limited to the point that I could no longer even walk the dogs further than around the block without pain and sometimes falling. Since I have been a fairly active person, I also became very depressed about this sudden onset of old age.

Sometimes the pain was so sudden and debilitating that I fell down.

History: This all started when I fell in January 2010 in a very atypical way: my right foot was caught in a tangle of tree roots, I rotated 90 degrees to my left and fell downhill…all while my right foot was entrapped. The injury to my right knee was pretty severe and Kaiser treated it successfully.

Unfortunately, once the knee seemed functional again, no one seemed to be able to understand that related structures had also been injured, from my knee through my thigh into my hip and even to my lower back.

I was told this was the new normal, at my age what did I expect, no one had ever seen anything like this…

For five years, I pleaded with my primary care doctor at Kaiser and was referred repeatedly to Physical Therapy. There, despite a complete explanation (45 minutes one time!) of how the fall happened, no one seemed to have any insights.

I was told this was the new normal, at my age what did I expect, no one had ever seen anything like this… Nothing that even attempted to explain much less fix the problem was proposed, other than one PT saying she guessed I would have to have a hip replacement, even though the joint itself looked fine on an x-ray.

I realized that actually I did have options, just not within my health insurance.

I have had problems with my other knee, the left one, since I was 12. At the last cortisone injection, the doctor said I was probably a candidate for a knee replacement. Having my left knee replaced when my right hip didn’t function seemed crazy.

But I also seemed out of options. Then I realized that actually I did have options, just not within my health insurance. I decided I simply needed to figure out how to pay for care outside Kaiser.

When I arrived [at SOLPT], I was desperate, sure that I was unfix-able, without hope of ever having an active life again…

Back in 2000, I was referred to SOL PT for a work-related RSI by someone I met who had benefited from your treatment in a way not comparable to ordinary PT sessions. I went to SOL PT on College Avenue and was “fixed” and thus saved from surgery by the orthopedic surgeon my employer referred me to.

I realized that as long as I was paying for myself, I could just go to SOL PT.

When I arrived [at SOLPT], I was desperate, sure that I was unfix-able, without hope of ever having an active life again…

That all changed within 15 minutes with SOL Physical Therapy.”

Describe how you feel after coming to SOL for physical therapy.

“The initial feeling was tremendous relief: my intuition about my body, believing I had a soft tissue injury, my resistance to a hip replacement…these beliefs were all validated.

My SOL PT proceeded to show me what I could do to take an active role in healing my body. She did for me those other things that I could not have done, nor would not have known how to do, for myself like breaking up scar tissue and adhesions.

She also explained the anatomy of what was happening and had likely happened so that I could follow through intelligently.

The initial feeling was tremendous relief.

She always kept up a lively and personable conversation that helped me through some of the most painful moments because sometimes it hurt like crazy. I may have left my ovaries on the ceiling of the therapy room.

Things have moderated considerably, and I have not had problems with my hip in several weeks. I have maintained the regimen of exercises as SOL prescribed. The techniques for tissue mobilization have progressed to the point that I was able to train my massage therapist what to do.

My goal was to be able to go on a tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria at the end of the summer and that seems like a GO!

I have a ways to go still in terms of stamina and flexibility and range of motion…but I now believe that I can get there, that I can still have a life in this body I have been blessed with, that there is still fun and purpose for me.

I felt so good about a month ago, that I started back in full tilt on some activities like cycling. I promptly injured my LEFT knee. SOLPT also taught me strategies for coping with injuries in general that I had never known.

I now believe that … I can still have a life in this body I have been blessed with, that there is still fun and purpose for me.

I admit I was daunted by the cost, none of it covered by any insurance, but SOLPT has been worth every penny. I would heartily recommend SOL PT to anyone to check out.

I suspect that this is also the wave of the future. We will go to our primary health care for some things like prescriptions or hospitalization. But we will go outside at whatever expense we can afford for those things that our provider does not do well or does not provide….

I admit I was daunted by the cost, none of it covered by any insurance, but SOLPT has been worth every penny.

I am incredibly grateful that SOL PT exist and especially happy that the office in Walnut Creek made the office visits so convenient.” -Kristen

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