I arrived at Power PT shortly after major surgery to my left leg and ankle. I had fallen downstairs at work and then needed emergency surgery to mend a broken tibia, fibula, and a shattered ankle. Dr. Nowlin first saw me when I had numerous screws in my leg and ankle, a 6-8 inch plate along the lower portion of my leg/ankle, and a rod running down the length of my tibia. I was in pain and needed to build strength and walk. Dr. Nowlin was a God-send, and determined to get me to where I needed to be…he knew what was possible, and he didn’t let up for a minute. Before the second surgery to take out all the hardware, I was not able to walk down stairs easily - I had to take each step by bringing one foot to the other at each step. However, after the second surgery, and after a few weeks using the RRT method, I discovered I could walk down stairs normally – one foot at each step. This was a “hurrah” moment!!
Before coming to therapy I was very limited in movement and didn’t trust my ankle to be able to do simple things such as jumping or planting. Since I’ve been doing therapy, I find myself moving much easier in everyday life and being able to do a lot more with basketball. Even though I am still not fully cleared, I finally do not feel like I am hurt anymore. I think the hands-on work has really loosened up how tight my ankle has been after surgery. Thank you for everything and helping me ensure that my senior year is the best ever. I’m excited to no longer be limited by this injury!
When I came in for the initial consultation for my ankle, Dr. Nowlin’s comment was, “Wow! I’ve never seen one that bad before!” Then again we were dealing with a severed ligament that was integral for support and stability. Dr. Nowlin also explained that due to the injury I had suffered nerve damage. After a couple of weeks, I was walking without pain again though I still had a little pain depending on the angle that my ankle was in. A few weeks later, that was gone.
In January I began a boot camp for the first time. After a couple of months of burpees and mountain climbers, my right foot hurt. I walked on it for a few days more until I was limping. I could no longer put my weight on my foot. I came for help in March. I began therapy and in a week I could walk normally. Thank you!
I came to physical therapy with a strange heel injury that I wasn’t even sure physical therapy would help solve, but in four weeks I am pain-free. Before, any sort of pressure on the back of my heel, including wearing shoes, would cause pain. Now I’m back to wearing shoes and can even jog with no pain. The staff and doctor were very helpful and friendly at every visit.