Betty L. says that she has been “really, really pleased” with the physical therapy she has received at DOAR Chatham. Betty has been working with Eric Lackey, MPT, Mandy Adkins, PTA, and Joey Scearce, MPT. She started physical therapy after she dislocated and broke her tibia and fibula one morning when she slipped while chasing a chicken. Betty says that she heard the bones break and crawled into the house to call her daughter to take her to the hospital in Lynchburg, where she received surgery. After that surgery, she was not able to move around for 2 weeks. At her six week check-up, her doctor said that she was ready for “aggressive therapy.”
Here is Betty’s physical therapy experience, in her own words:
Everyone here has been very helpful, at every step along the way. I was looking to come here because it was close to home. It was [also] very important to me that I be treated as an individual. I felt from the first day that they were looking at me, evaluating me, and finding things to fit me. In two weeks, I have gone from being non-weight bearing to being able to able to walk without anything.
I want to be 100% mobile. I just have a plate in my ankle now. I want to be able to do the maximum. I want to be riding horses by the fall and start line dancing again. I will definitely be getting back to an exercise program.
As far as I’m concerned, [the staff at DOAR Chatham has] exceeded my expectations. As an example, Joey [Scearce] had me doing an exercise, and I told him it was too easy, so he adjusted the steps to be bigger. The staff has been very encouraging and help me to look at my recovery in a positive way. I want to be as functional as I can, and they encourage that.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Betty!