Below is one of many success stories, contributed by our patient, Phyllis Krichev . Her recovery inspires us to do what we do. Go Phyllis!
1. What made you consider Physical Therapy?
All other options had been exhausted, i.e., injections, medications, pain management, as well as another reputable physical therapy venue (which actually aggravated my arm), at which point my neurologist suggested Excel.
2. How have your perceptions/expectations changed since beginning treatment with Excel?
Both my perceptions of physical therapy in general and my expectations specifically have changed 180 degrees. Prior to my Excel experience my perceptions could fairly be described as skeptical; my expectations were rather dim.
3. What has been the best part of your recovery?
Regaining a right arm which once again functions thereby retaining my ability for independent living.
4. What can you do now that you couldn’t do before starting therapy?
I would have to say that I can do countless things now that I could not do before therapy. I can wash my hair, open the oven door, drive with both hands, and even just lay down in bed. In short, I can now do a myriad of tasks required to successfully get through any given day.
The following is a letter we received from Phyllis following her treatment.
Perhaps you are wholly aware of the asset you have in Cherry Hill. In the unlikely event that you are not, I feel compelled to add my two cents. It has been six months since I started therapy. And before I continue, let me preface my remarks with this caveat, what I am writing is simply accurate and without embellishment.
Having been diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, I knew the challenge to restore function in a shoulder with adhesive capsules became more difficult. On my first day I could barely lift my arm away from my body. However, even with the major roadblock that is RSD, my PT has cajoled this very arm to great heights, to a place where I can once again function independently. It has been my PT’s expertise, initiative, creativity, and unparalleled sticktoitiveness that it bringing me back from desperation.
And, of course, a span of six months affords me a good deal of time to observe. The overall environment created by your Clinic Director is one of the most conducive to healing. Therapists don’t simply work on patients but they very smartly work with them as well. Patients are working hard with smiles on their faces! I am a seventy year old woman who unfortunately has been in and out of therapy for fifty of those years. And I can tell you without reservation that I have never seen a therapeutic environment so healthy and healing! All of which is owing to the stewardship of your Clinic Director. And I, for one, wanted to acknowledge his talent and abilities and your good sense and leadership.”