Knee Surgery Didn’t Stop Her From Running

Hitting the Pavement after Knee Surgery

For the past three years, I have enjoyed running to stay fit and healthy! I started experiencing intense knee pain which became unbearable and affected routine activities like walking up stairs. It was hard to go for a run or workout without serious pain. I had no cartilage in my knee and was told surgery was required. After surgery, my doctor told me I had a 50% chance of running again. It just depended on how my recovery went. I was nervous because I wanted so badly to be able to run again.

Starting Physical Therapy at Baudry Therapy Center

Choosing a PT place was a big deal for me. I wanted to be sure I was going to the best of the best. Walking into BTC on crutches, I never would have thought I would be where I was five weeks in. The therapists went out of their way to make sure I was getting the best treatment plan. I’m not going to lie and say it was easy because I did have my ups and downs, but I definitely had more ups than downs. I can be very hard on myself and when I wasn’t on track and getting were I needed to be quickly, my therapists were there to tell me to be patient. A major surgery requires time and when you don’t rush the recovery, your outcome is ten times better. I can’t thank my therapist enough for being the positive light I needed during my recovery.

Many people don’t realize how beneficial PT can be. I sure didn’t. If I could talk to everyone about it and let them know how much better life can be rather than dealing with the pain, I would. For the longest time I “just dealt with it” but there comes a time when enough is enough. I can say 110% that Baudry Therapy Center helped me return to running.

Best shape of his life at 63 years old thanks to Physical Therapy

IMG_98271 (1)Physical Therapy Leads To Running Post-Career

Lee White, 63 years old,  stopped by Baudry Therapy to share his recent accomplishments and we wanted to share his physical therapy success.

White was a high school cross country runner and truly enjoyed the sport in his youth. When he began his career, he was healthy, active and weighed 175 lbs. But work and life responsibilities got the best of him and he started developing poor habits – not exercising, eating poorly, and over-stressing. His weight increased to over 260 lbs over his career.

White decided that he needed to get back in shape. Once he retired, he got back to running. Over the next 3 years he lost approximately 60 lbs. He felt great! But a knee injury and subsequent surgery required him to stop running. White was upset that he couldn’t run, but he didn’t give up.

After his surgery, he started physical therapy at Baudry Therapy and made great progress. He did the work and was able to get back to running! He is finally back to where he was 3 years ago before his injury. In July, he charted 53 miles and a total of 289 miles for the year!

“Running helps me in every dimension of my life. I am physically stronger, healthier and mentally more alert than I’ve ever been,” White said.

When asked what his secret is to getting back in shape White said, “I set goals for myself and I got educated. I also took the advice of the professionals here at Baudry Therapy and I didn’t give up.”

We love hearing success stories from our clients.  If you are looking to get better and return to the things you love, please call Baudry Therapy Center today!