Around Labor Day, I could not walk, drive a car or carry my one year old daughter, due to a herniated disc in my lower back. I had seen three different orthopedics and received two epidural shots in my lower spine. After seeing Frank Rabadam at Excel Physical Therapy, I was running five miles and doing all my normal activities by Halloween.
Eight years ago, I herniated two discs in my lower back playing college football. Occasionally, I do something that causes them to become aggravated and I have extreme pain down my right leg through my sciatica. In August, I had a particularly bad “flair-up” and I had difficulty walking and could not drive for over a month (I have a 1 year old daughter who always wants to be held).
I saw three different orthopedics and received two epidural shots of steroids into my lower back. The results of my eight doctor’s appointments, were an entire bin (imagine a large Tupperware container) of drugs (anti-inflammatories, pain killers, nerve pain reducers, seizure medicine (apparently that helps with nerve pain)) and never was I physically examined in any of the appointments.
I heard through a friend to try Excel Physical Therapy because they see a lot of the athletes from Villanova University. I called up, whimpering in pain, and they saw me the next day. Frank became my physical therapist and throughout my 8 weeks of physical therapy, became my friend. Frank focused on my hips, rather than my back. Eight weeks later I am completely cured. I have Frank’s email and phone in my contact list because if this ever happens again, he is going to be my first call.
Excel Physical Therapy is a great place. The staff is friendly and the schedules are flexible (my work schedule forces me to reschedule things constantly). I highly recommend this place to anyone who is suffering from chronic pain and can’t find the “cure”.
Here are a few tips to avoid any falls this winter. Have a healthy and safe winter.
Preventing a fall, and the resulting injuries, isn’t simply a matter of being more careful. -New York Times
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