Nothing makes us happier than sharing our patient success stories with you! This week, we’re highlighting Amanda and her successful completion of her first 1⁄2 marathon!
Amanda came to us looking to overcome a lower leg injury. In our initial consultation we learned of her goal to be able to run a full marathon, so we teamed her up with Physical Therapist, Dr. Monica Saenz who happens to have some experience- she’s completed 7 halves so far! Together, they developed a treatment plan and a mini-goal of running a 1⁄2 marathon. This past weekend Amanda achieved this first feat, and we couldn’t be more proud – our entire staff was waiting for the news of her successful finish!
At PRWC, we view patients as partners – your struggles are our struggles, and your goals are our goals. We will partner you with the best therapist for your individual needs, and we will follow you through to the finish line – whatever that may mean for you!
There is nothing like hearing a personal pain relief story that ends in the patient getting back to doing what they love – thank you Greg for sharing yours!
I am 55 years old and I love to run – outside – in all kinds of weather. Of course, my favorite time to get out is in Spring, Summer and Fall. During the last 2 years, my running exercise was severely hampered by what I thought was a pulled calf muscle. I had pulled muscles before, but this one felt different. It was like a cross between a bad cramp and a muscle pull or tear. I would get about 1 mile into my run and my calf would “pull” and the pain would not allow me to continue. I would then be forced to limp home and limp around for the next few days. After a week or so my leg would feel OK again so I would try to run and it would hurt all over again. It was very frustrating… until I called the Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center and Dr. David Simon. He first listened to my story, and did not jump right in. Rather, he waited until my second visit when he felt a knot in my calf and he knew what the problem might be. He then started cryotherapy and myofascial massage. Within 3 visits, I could run again, and by just the 5th visit I was essentially cured. I can now run when and where I want and I love it! I also like that he was not trying to get me to continue to see him. He offered suggestions for things I can do at home for my leg muscles which I found very helpful. I think Dr. Simon offered great value in his treatment and even more so because it was effective!
I heartily endorse Dr. Simon and the Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center.
- Greg Birrer, Ph.D. Succasunna, NJ
“I’ll preface this review by stating that I wasn’t in great shape to start with, just so people know that ANYONE can do this. I know this is a bit long but I want to tell you about my journey.
In July 2016, I began experiencing severe pain in my right hip and knee that I just couldn’t put off anymore so I came to Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center. Dr. Curtis took x-rays and diagnosed me with osteoarthritis of the right hip. I was against having a hip replacement at the time because a family member had a total hip arthroplasty and wound up in a wheelchair. That was not going to be me. I figured I would give physical therapy a try before I decided on surgery. I did PT for several months, but while I had improved some, I still was not where I wanted to be. I went for a surgery consult and the surgeon was surprised I could walk, much less perform a job that required extensive walking. It was at this point that I ceased going for PT but took my therapists advice to continue with the exercise regimen I had been doing and to save the PT for after surgery since my insurance only authorizes a specific number of sessions per year.
My surgeon had a three month wait for surgery and pre-surgical exercises on his website so I did those exercises in addition to what I was already doing Three weeks prior to surgery, I went for pre-admission testing and was given even more exercises to do. I did them all and now I couldn’t get any more pain medication unless I went to a pain management doctor because of a change in New Jersey law. At this point, I had to start using a cane because the earliest appointment I could get with a pain management doctor was the day before surgery. I did get a scrip for anti-inflammatories but it did nothing for the pain. The pain made it very challenging, but I still did ALL my exercises. It took twice as long and hurt like hell but I wanted to come out of surgery ahead of the game.
So, I had my surgery and was told that as soon as they were sure the anesthesia wore off, I was going to be up and walking. I was determined because this was what I prepared for Off came the compression devices in came the walker and up I stood in total amazement and with only minimal pain, which was not from my hip joint but from my incision. It was a small stroll up and down the hallway but to me I felt the same amount of accomplishment as if I’d run and finished a marathon. On day two I was supposed to have one visit with occupational therapy and two visits with physical therapy so I readied myself, doing what exercises I could in bed without disrupting the compression devices I sailed through OT, then was told I did so well on the first PT session that the second was not needed and I would be discharged. I would be doing PT at home for two weeks, see my surgeon for staple removal and then go to out-patient PT. I left the hospital in under 36 hours.
After the first home PT visit, the therapist determined that I would only need two weekly visits and not the usual three. To just do the exercises she gave me and nothing else. To not do the bed exercises without her. In one week, I went from the walker back to the cane and in another week, I went back to see my surgeon and he told me that I didn’t even need the cane. While I wanted to come back to Randolph Pain Relief, the hospital recommended someplace else so I went with their recommendation. I got there and on the first day they assessed me. The therapist asked me to lay on my back, bend my left leg and lift my right leg. Up it went without any difficulty and way past the 90-degree restriction. (OK I was only concerned with getting my leg up and had forgotten about the restriction) This was my hardest exercise while I was going to Randolph Pain Relief and here I was doing it without any difficulty. The therapist told me that most people achieve this 2-3 months out, not on day one. Even more motivated, I went to PT three times a week and did their recommended exercises on days when I did not have PT.
After four weeks, I went back to my surgeon for a check-up and all restrictions were removed. I asked if I could continue PT for help with balance, gait and endurance. I finished last week. In the interim, I came back into Randolph Pain Relief to personally thank Dr. Curtis and everyone who helped me. Had it not been for their foundation exercises I would not be where I am today. At the beginning of out-patient therapy, my physical abilities graded at 30%. I was graded at 95% after 24 visits. I can walk up and down the hill at CCM but my only difficulty is putting on my right shoe. I’ll take it. All I can say is if anyone is thinking any joint surgery is the end of the world, go to Randolph Pain Relief if only for a few visits to get a good foundation or pre-surgical exercises It works! If you want proof, I’ll be happy to show you my scar and skip for you.”
I am a 66 year old woman who has been suffering with knee pain and fibromyalgia for years. I came to the Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center in desperation. I had no energy and could hardly walk from the pain.
I came to Dr. Simon on my first visit with zero expectation of relief. Well, that day turned out to be one of the best days in my life. Besides the physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Simon suggested some vitamins. I started with a multi-vitamin, chromium picolinate, fish oil and magnesium (blood tests indicated I had a magnesium deficiency).
Well, it’s 3 months later. The multi-vitamins are giving me incredible amounts of energy everyday. I went from crawling up the stairs at night to now scrubbing down the stairs! I am back to leading a normal life. I have resumed my activities. I am having friends once again – something I didn’t have the energy to do before.
I lost 10 pounds, I am pain free most of the time and I cut my fibromyalgia medicine in half. Most importantly, I am so happy with my life again. Without the vitamins I don’t know where I would be today. When I forget the multi-vitamins I feel bad again! The fish oil brought my cholesterol to normal and the chromium has helped me lose weight for the first time in 15 years.
I am so very thankful I found Dr. Simon and his staff. As a team, they helped restore my life again. I can’t imagine a life now without my vitamins.
My lower back pain had “progressed” to sciatica in my right leg. Once the cause of the problem was diagnosed with an MRI, Dr. Simon prescribed a regimen of thermal massage, acupuncture, physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments. The results were extraordinary – within two months, pain had disappeared and I regained full mobility. Months later I am still pain free. The team approach at Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center made it very convenient to receive a wide variety of treatment approaches and Dr. Simon’s compassionate care and true interest in his patients’ well-being made all the difference!