Do you believe in the power of a positive attitude when it comes to recovery? Karen showed us day after day just how far her invincible spirit would take her. We’re so pleased that we could play a part in her story.
When Karen suffered a rotator cuff injury that required surgery, it could have had a permanent impact on her life. She had been living with pain for some time, so our ultimate goal was to get her feeling as good as she did before the injury. Range of motion and pain levels were a concern, and closely monitored. We wanted to be sure that we were not simply there as Karen’s physical therapy clinic, but as a vital part of her healthcare team. We connected on the things that mattered most to her – caring for her family, serving her church, and her community. In addition, Karen is a skilled and avid woodworker and it was important to get her back to successfully crafting this art form.
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround your shoulder joint. Their job is to keep your upper arm bone firmly in your shoulder socket. A rotator cuff injury can cause shoulder pain, especially when you are trying to sleep on the injured side.
Throughout her time at Northern, Karen had an invincible spirit. Her always-positive approach made her a joy to work with, and it made a big difference in her success.
“Karen fought hard to recover despite significant pain,” explains David Sefton, Cedar Springs Clinic Director and Physical Therapist. “I’m confident that Karen’s outlook on recovery, and life in general, impacted the outcome of her situation. When a patient has a negative attitude and lack of self determination, it takes a toll on the recovery process. With Karen, there was never a doubt that she would get through her rotator cuff injury and be stronger than ever.”
Karen initially visited our Cedar Springs clinic for low back pain. A positive outcome on that treatment plan led her back to Northern when she needed physical therapy once again. Upon discharge, Karen’s range of motion had significantly increased and her ability to handle tasks at home was back to the level it was prior to her rotator cuff injury. Our team adored Karen and her always-positive attitude throughout her entire treatment process. That’s why we were delighted to hear from her nearly a year after being discharged. Luckily, she had not suffered another injury, but simply wanted to give us a update on her condition.
“While time has lapsed since my participation in your offered services, my impressions and gratitude have not diminished. In fact, with the passing of time, I’m more aware of my gains and delighted that time was taken to invest in the my positive recovery.”
We asked Karen how she felt about the team at our Cedar Springs clinic. While she understood that a part of her recovery was self-directed, she felt that without the lead and influential encouragement of the therapists, her success would have been minimal. She added, “The compassionate qualities and exceptional dedication of your team members exemplify and give meaningful motivation for the patient to achieve the gains and differences when seeking an advantageous/progressive result.”
Our Cedar Springs physical therapists treat patients of all ages, with all types of conditions. David Sefton is pictured left with a pediatric patient; Diana Painter is pictured right with one of our athlete/sports rehab patients.
At the end of the day, stories like Karen’s are why we do what we do.
“I am a physical therapist because I believe that people matter,” explains Sefton. “Each of us is born with a dignity that can’t be erased. In the relationships we build, the care we provide, and the tools we offer them in their rehab process, we affirm this. I love to see that my patients are able to get back to doing the things that matter most to them, and quite often, they are getting back to a role that allows them to serve those around them better. I am honored to walk with them in that process of healing and restoration.”
Whether you are suffering from a rotator cuff injury, shoulder pain, or have an upcoming surgery, consider a team of therapists who will always be on your side. You too can be empowered to live the life you were always meant to.
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