PT helps dancer recover from injury 

Lindsey Zan loves to dance, mostly West Coast Swing and the Argentine Tango! While preparing for a performance in the West Coast Swing, Lindsey increased her training to 2-3 hours of lessons per day, as well as walking between 15,000-25,000 steps. She would also dance well into the night, from 11 pm – 3 am, perfecting her routine, which included dips, backbends, and a few lifts. In addition, she went to Buenos Aires to train and dance the Argentine Tango for 10 days. Her training was taking a toll on her body.

“Towards the end of my trip, I was exhausted” said Lindsey. “I missed a step walking downstairs, which caused immediate lower back pain any time I tried to extend or bend my back. Because I continued to train and dance my routine, I didn’t have proper recovery time.”

After a few days, Lindsey was able to walk, but felt pain any time she bent over to the front, side, or back. She was forced to restrict her movement, which impacted her ability to perform her dance routine to the fullest.

From the clinic to the stage

Lindsey came to Baudry Therapy Center and received manual therapy, dry needling, and corrective exercises targeting her core and hips to return to full dancing activities.

After 8 weeks of therapy, Lindsey’s back pain was 100% eliminated and she had fully recovered her range of motion and strength. She was able to dance and train every day with no issue!

“I waited two months before going to physical therapy and I wish I hadn’t waited,” said Lindsey. “Ignoring the pain and hoping it would go away wasn’t working.”

A true talent

“I could tell Lindsey loves to dance by the way she talked about teaching and performing.  She was unable to do something that she loved to do, but she was determined to get back,” said Kevin Dessauer, PT.  “Lindsey not only returned to 100%, but she learned how to continue taking care of her body as she ramped up training again.  It was nice to see her make such great progress throughout PT.  I’m certain she will continue to have success moving forward.”

“Kevin and Rich are great! I highly recommend them and the rest of the Baudry team. The facility is really nice and feels more like a gym than the typical PT clinic,” said Lindsey.

Anesthesiologist makes full recovery with PT

Kraig de Lanzac, MD has a busy schedule working as an anesthesiologist, but still fits in regular gym activity like cardio and strength training. Over the course of time, Kraig suffered from a lumbar disc extrusion, which caused him to have urgent surgery, secondary to foot drop and severe pain.

“This was my second back surgery and I worried about returning to my active medical practice of anesthesiology, as well as being as active and pain-free as I was before surgery,” said Kraig.  “In addition, I wanted to avoid future injury.”

Kraig visited Baudry Therapy Center | BRIO and received “customized exercise and additional tools to combat the occasional flare-up of back pain, thanks to the team at Baudry.”

Kraig gained confidence that when pain arises, he could use his training to help minimize pain and recovery timeframe.

After 12 weeks in physical therapy, Kraig returned to the gym and is working just as actively as he did before surgery.

“Kraig was committed to the recovery process from day one.  He frequently asked what he could be doing at work and home to get better.  He was very consistent with his exercise routine and made smart changes to his lifestyle,” said Kevin Dessauer, PT.  “Kraig took the time to learn what it takes to keep himself moving well, so he could heal well and reduce the risk of re-injury.”

Kraig added, “I loved going to my physical therapy sessions at BTC.  After being down about a second back surgery, I was looking for some positivity that I got from the team at Baudry.  We always had a good time, while getting the work done.”

If you are someone you love has had surgery and wants to return to the activities they enjoy, call Baudry | BRIO today and schedule your evaluation today!

Track and Field Competitor Returns to the Field

Michael Arata is a fierce Track and Field competitor, contending in the Decathlon, Pentathlon and various Sprint races (50M, 100M, 200M, and 400M). While training for these track events, Michael suffered a right Achilles injury.

“I couldn’t walk or perform any type of athletic training without severe pain,” said Michael. “I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to return to any form of competition.”

Michael relied on Baudry Therapy Center to get him back on track. Baudry PT Josh Bryant performed a comprehensive Return to Sport evaluation on Michael, which included Y Balance Assessment, Functional Movement Screen, running analysis, etc.

“As an athlete and PT, I know how important it is to get back to training fast,” said Josh. “I also understand how scary it can be to think that an injury can stop you from doing something you love so much.”

Josh devised a plan to get Michael back on the track, which included ASTYM, Dry Needling, Manual Therapy, Corrective Movements, and Functional Exercise.
Michael added, “Not only was I able to recover 100% from my injury, but my rehabilitation also surpassed my pre-injury strength, flexibility, and conditioning. I reached a whole new, higher level of ability.”

“I’ve had physical therapy in the past and had an expectation of what I would get and how it would go, but the results at Baudry Therapy Center were so far greater and so much better than I could have ever anticipated. They developed a specific plan for my recovery and continued to adapt the plan as I progressed. That kind of personalized attention made me feel like I got the same level of rehab that professional athletes get. And the results proved it – I finished 4th in the nation in the 100 Meters and won the Bronze in the National Decathlon Championships. Next year I will win, using the program that Baudry developed for me. Thank you!”

“The Baudry staff took a real interest in my recovery and my success. They introduced me to other professionals that added to my recovery and conditioning and helped me achieve my goals.”

“One of the things that sets Baudry Therapy Center apart is our genuine concern for our patients,” said Josh. “Their success is our success and we want to give them every tool to reach their goals. Once we felt confident in his ability to return to an aggressive training schedule, we introduced him to Wyatt Harris, Owner of Sonic Boom Speed Conditioning & Strength Training Academy, who took Michael to the next level.”

Congratulations, Michael, on your recovery and your impressive results! We can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the next competition. Keep shining! Your friends at Baudry | BRIO are proud of you!

Dancing for Parkinson’s

Dance benefits Parkinson’s patients

Rich Baudry recently put on his dancing shoes and accompanied BTC friends Sandra and Calvin Wright and Diane Holzenthal to a Dance for Parkinson’s class. He knew it would be fun, but he was not prepared for just how much he would learn from this 75-minute class.

“The class was very engaging and featured a professional instructor and a live pianist,” said Rich Baudry. “We learned some choreography, what an 8 count was, and how to truly enjoy the moment. But the most valuable thing I learned was just how much this program helps Parkinson’s patients smile and forget about their problems for a little while.”

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Tennis player eliminates back and calf pain and returns to the court

PT eliminates back and calf pain

Eric Holden, an avid tennis player, began experiencing low back pain while on the court. The aching slowly progressed into chronic pain and began to hinder Eric’s daily functioning.

“My low back pain persisted for two years. I feared my injury was permanent and irreversible and if I wanted to continue playing tennis, I would have to accept this significant level of back pain,” said Eric.

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Physical Therapy brings pain-relief and a healthier outlook on life

Shea Soll first injured his left knee in 1988 when he was a young athlete playing basketball, golf, tennis and numerous other sports. He had his first ACL repair shortly after and resumed all activity after his first surgery, but not without regular discomfort. A few years later, Shea tore his ACL again and had it repaired once more.

“Since 1992, I have restricted my sporting activities to just golf as years of wear and tear, cartilage damage and ligament stress made more athletic sports neither a wise option, nor a comfortable one,” said Shea, “My most recent injury was a furthering degradation of the cartilage and a shredded ACL, making it very difficult to continue playing golf. I suffered frequent knee pain even during sedentary activity.”

Shea’s recent increase in knee pain led him to having another knee surgery. Following surgery, Shea came to Baudry Therapy Center with an unwavering commitment to his physical therapy program.

“Shea wanted to give himself the best opportunity to resume golf, a sport he loves to play,” said Kevin Dessauer, DPT at Baudry Therapy Center. “He continued to ask questions and learn throughout the rehab process, which will allow him to continue working on his performance and health beyond physical therapy.”

“I knew my knee would have periodic discomfort because of the anatomical deficiencies that existed,” said Shea. “But I wanted to understand the muscle groups (legs and core) that needed strengthening, so I could provide as much support and stability as possible for my knee joint.”

Kevin said, “While the focus was to rehabilitate Shea’s knee post-surgery, we also wanted to give him the proper education and tools to enhance his overall fitness. Specifically, we wanted to improve his body mechanics by strengthening his core and hip muscles to support his body during athletic activities.”

Getting Back to an Active, Pain-free Life

“I can say with a high degree of confidence that through completing my rehabilitation program at Baudry Therapy Center, my leg and core strength are stronger than they have ever been at any stage in my life. I’ve resumed golfing with little to no discomfort. Most importantly, the experts at Baudry have educated me on the best exercises and how to perform them properly to optimize the benefit. I can now continue with a home regimen to maintain the strength I built at Baudry.”

“I’ve been to several physical therapy centers over the years and Baudry’s approach is best. Their staff attends continuing education conferences and incorporates the latest techniques into their therapy programs. They customize therapy to each patient, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach. They truly assist their patients with improving their overall health and fitness.”

If you are someone you love has had ACL repair surgery and wants to return to the activities they enjoy, call Baudry | BRIO today and schedule your evaluation today!

Newman Football Senior Captain Leads Team to Undefeated Record After Ankle Injury

Ankle injury doesn’t stop football captain on the field

It was the second day of spring football practice and Newman senior captain James Poche got tackled while running a routine play. His ankle immediately folded under him. Coming off the heels of a hamstring strain during track season, James was devastated.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said James. “I had just come back to the team and I was eager to show colleges what I had to offer.”

James was diagnosed with a grade II ankle sprain by his doctor and was placed in a boot for 2-3 weeks. After spending a week in the boot, he realized he would need to get back to physical therapy soon if he wanted to play football.

He returned to Baudry Therapy Center and consulted with Josh Bryant, DPT who had a different plan for him.

“We are big believers in active recovery for this type of injury. James really needed to starting working outside of the boot. We removed it during PT and started restoring mobility and reducing swelling,” said Josh.

“Progress came faster than ever. Before I knew it, I was back on the field starting summer practice more motivated than ever before and with no pain or difficulty,” said James.

“Josh and I connected even more when I found out that he had also trained with my trainer and mentor, Wyatt Harris, Director of Sonic Boom. Josh and Wyatt communicated seamlessly about my physical therapy, so they customized a plan that would provide optimal success. Not only did I heal much faster, but I was able to learn things about my body and training habits that prevent future injuries.”

Wyatt Harris, Director of Sonic Boom said, “James is a true blessing. He is the perfect trainee because he wants to be great and is willing to do the small things to get there. This young man is accountable, training year-round. It truly matters to him that he is there for his team and for his coaches. James is a great mix of power and speed at running back – a true throwback athlete. James is a very special and respectable young man that I’m blessed to know and train.”

Josh Bryant, DPT said, “James truly understands what it takes to perform at a high level and is always looking for ways to get better. He feels that the combo of training with Wyatt and working with BTC/BRIO gives him an edge over his competition.”

Baudry | BRIO’s Sports Rehab “Return to Sport” Program

The #1 predictor of injury for athletes is a previous injury. So when an athlete is injured, Baudry | BRIO’s Return to Sport team gets to work with evidence-based care that gives our clients the confidence they need to resume athletic activities.

Baudry | BRIO’s Return to Sport Program begins with a Baudry Therapy Center physical therapy evaluation to identify the injuries that cause the pain and dysfunction that keeps them off the field. With the goal of return to sport in mind, our team designs and implements individualized physical therapy and training programs for each athlete. Learn more

PT helps George Buchert get back to the tennis court and to playing with his grandchildren after knee replacement surgery

George Buchert is a proud grandfather of 7 grandchildren, with two more blessings on the way! He has always enjoyed an active lifestyle, playing tennis, golf and exercising daily. But what he truly loves is spending time with his grandchildren. In fact, he had big plans to play ball with them as they got older.

Recently, George began to suffer with arthritis in several of his joints.

“The pain in my knee severely limited my ability to walk. I could do about 10 minutes before I had to sit down,” said George. “I couldn’t accompany my family on walking excursions. If I tried to walk too much, swelling and pain resulted.”

After consulting with an orthopedic surgeon, George decided to have a knee replacement surgery.

“I asked my physician what I could do to ensure an easy and prompt recovery and he recommended physical therapy to strengthen my legs and my breathing,” said George.

George seeked out Kevin Dessauer, DPT at Baudry Therapy Center to devise a pre- and post-surgery plan to improve leg strength, increase his range of motion, and get his knee fully functional again.

“I told Kevin that if I could return to playing tennis 8 weeks after surgery, that would be an amazing outcome,” said George.

“I love when patients have a specific goal like George did,” said Kevin Dessauer. “He was motivated and willing to do anything and everything that I threw at him throughout the entire process. He would consistently ask me what he could be doing at home to make a difference in his outcome. He put the work in each day not just the days he came to therapy.”

Eight weeks passed and George was on the tennis court hitting balls again.

George said, “I believe working hard to strengthen my knee prior to surgery was the reason I recovered so quickly and with minor pain. With the help of Baudry Therapy Center, I continue to gain leg strength. The team at Baudry was outstanding. They developed a personalized plan for me and the follow through was A+.”

George is pain-free and back to playing tennis and with spending time with his grandchildren.

If you are someone you love has had a knee replacement surgery and wants to return to the activities they enjoy, call Baudry | BRIO today and schedule your evaluation today!

Dry needling helps Clyde Alcon get to Hawaii

Hawaii Bound thanks to PT

Clyde D. Alcon enjoys an active lifestyle, especially fishing and working out. While getting up from a chair, Clyde twisted his back and immediately felt intense pain. He was unable to move or without experiencing some degree of pain.

“If I tried to sleep or work out on my back, my front thighs would hurt,” said Clyde.  He decided to come to Baudry Therapy Center for dry needling and manual therapy. “About a week after I started physical therapy, I could feel the pain subsiding. The dry needling really helped.”

Josh Bryant, DPT said, “Clyde came in frustrated with his back and was worried that he would not be ready for his vacation. After the evaluation, we came up with a plan and started working towards his goal. Clyde had a great attitude and I could tell he was working hard on his exercises at home. After a few weeks, he started moving much better and had confidence he could make his Hawaiin trip.

“Josh and the entire Baudry team were a pleasure to work. They were professional, friendly and informative. I left with the proper education and exercises to help keep me active and pain-free.”

The Dry Needling Process

The way Dry Needling works is a certified practitioner will insert a fine filament needle into the taut band of tissue. This provokes what is called a deep twitch response in the muscle. When this happens it is like hitting the reset button. The muscle will immediately release and lengthen.

The amazing part about this technique is not just the immediacy of the muscular release and the noticeable improvement in mobility, but also the referral pattern of symptoms the recipient will feel. For example, a trigger point in the hip may send a sensation of relief all the way down the outside of the leg. As pain sufferers we often believe we know the generator responsible for our pain. But sometimes its origin may surprise you.

If you are feeling pain, call us today! Baudry physical therapists can use trigger point dry needling techniques to provide relief from muscle tightness, joint mobility, and symptoms of pain and dysfunction. You only get one life, so make sure you’re living yours to the fullest!

College tennis player returns to court after a torn meniscus

Rachel Beck is a member of the Millsaps College tennis team. She had only been playing  collegiately for one year when she tore her meniscus.

“There was no sudden movement or impact that I was aware of,” Rachel recalled. “My injury was simply from wear and tear. My knee was hurting for about two months before I got it checked out.”

Kevin Dessauer, DPT who treated Rachel said, “This is actually a pretty common injury amongst college tennis players.  The amount of mileage a college tennis player accumulates over a season through practice, conditioning, and matches is tremendous.”

When asked how it felt being injured, Rachel said, “It was both physically and mentally challenging.  Some days were more painful than others, and it was then I had to push myself harder. Staying positive was difficult because I had to be patient with my body.”

“The collegiate athletes we treat are often times some of the hardest, yet most rewarding patients,” said Kevin. “They have an unwavering commitment to training and extraordinary talent in their sport. Making them slow down, listen to their body and be patient is usually the most difficult part. They’re used to training hard and giving 100%.”

Rachel’s physical therapy included total body conditioning to restore mobility, strength, balance, power, and endurance as well as a tennis-specific program to allow for a safe return to tennis.

“I was scared and nervous to return to tennis. I feared re-injury from going too hard, too fast,” said Rachel.  “I also didn’t trust myself with a lot of the tennis-related movements. There was a big difference between feeling confident and stronger in physical therapy versus actually getting back on the tennis court.”

“Rachel was able to build confidence through our return to sport testing.  It was a blast watching Rachel develop strength both physically and mentally through this process.  I’m confident that she now moving better than ever.”

Rachel concluded, “My experience at Baudry Therapy Center was amazing! My first half of PT was done in Jackson, MS while I was at Millsaps.  PT at Baudry was incomparable. Everyone was excited to work with me and positively encouraged me through my rough days.  The return to sport program built me back up physically and gave me the confidence to get back on the court.”

Rachel finished the 2016-2017 season with an impressive 8-4 singles record and plans to build on her success this year as she enters her final year at Millsaps.

Learn more about BRIO’s Return to Sport program

The #1 predictor of injury for athletes is a previous injury. So when an athlete is injured, BRIO’s Return to Sport team gets to work with evidence-based care that gives our clients the confidence they need to resume athletic activities. For more information on BRIO’s Return to Sport program, CLICK HERE.




Physical therapy helps teacher alleviate neck pain after fall in classroom

A fall on the job causes severe neck pain

Lynne Welty is a very active 4th grade teacher. While teaching in her classroom, she fell and hit her head on floor requiring sutures in her forehead. Her fall resulted in a concussion and whiplash which caused severe neck pain.

“My fall caused substantial neck pain and as a result, medication was necessary to function during the day and sleep at night,” recounted Lynne. “I was very concerned about falling again and re-injuring myself. My injury restricted my daily activity. Driving was even a concern.”

Lynne came to Baudry Therapy Center for manual therapy and functional exercise.

“Initially, I was apprehensive about going to physical therapy due to my neck pain and my busy schedule. The staff at Baudry was very accommodating in scheduling my appointments around my work schedule. Josh Bryant was my physical therapist and he was very kind from the very first visit.”

Josh Bryant, DPT, said, “When I first meet Lynne she was very nervous that her neck would never get better. She did not realize how big of a role posture plays in neck pain. We were able to make some changes to the way she would teach, sit at her desk, and sit to grade papers. Lynne was committed to getting better and was a pleasure to work with.

“Through manual therapy and exercise, Josh was able to help me regain range of motion in my neck. In just three weeks, I was pain free. Josh has a very calming demeanor and rather than feeling apprehensive about going to therapy, I looked forward to it to relax and “de-stress” after a busy day.

“I am amazed how much physical therapy helped me return to my usual activities. I am now living pain free. They taught me stretching exercises which I use at home to continue strengthening my neck and core muscles. In addition to alleviating my neck issues, Baudry helped strengthen and relax my shoulder and back muscles. I find I sleep much better than I did before my accident.”

“Going to physical therapy at Baudry Therapy Center was like being among friends. I am truly grateful to Josh, and the entire Baudry staff, for helping me recover from my injury.”