We’ve had several success stories in 2012 from patients who have been able to “Get Busy Living!” again after their therapy sessions. Meet Amy Eicher!
In 2008 I walked into the Bloomington Clinic and met Tim Highland. He treated me for some neck pain that I had been having and I made fantastic progress in the normal 6-8 week course of therapy. My neck pain had resolved – but an old chronic “low back” pain had gotten increasingly worse during those weeks of treatment on my neck. After a through evaluation, Tim asked me if I had ever been told I had SI joint issues…. I had, since 1992 I had been aware of them. However, pretty much every other PT I had come across was not, so I had given up seeking help for this pain and figured I would just “live” with it. Despite Tim’s best efforts, and continuing research, I failed to progress…. and was encouraged to research other options to resolve my unstable joint.
I was tired of the pain and limitations and agreed to search and research. In Jan of 2010 I underwent bilateral screw fixation of the SI joints, and in Feb of 2010 I came back to Champion Fitness and Tim for my rehab. I was guarded in body, heart, and mind… There had been so much failure in close to 20 years of battle that as much as I wanted to be healthy and whole, I really didn’t believe it was possible. For 9 months I followed the directions and plans of my therapist, trusted his experience and knoweldge, and somewhere along the line gained a little trust in myself and my body. I can not over emphasis the encouragement that came from the warmth of the clinic and everyone in it, from Administrative staff to Therapy staff, and even the other patients. The family feel and individual care of the Champion Fitness family was one of the important keys to my successful recovery.
One of the best days of my life was when Tim told me we had accomplished all our goals and I was graduating. It was the first time in my long history that I had graduated and not “failed to progress”. Your newsletter asked what am I doing today that I couldn’t do before treatment… that’s a long long list, but most recently, a family vacation to Hawaii, and I went surfing with my daughter, without a single hint of pain or instability. It was fantastic, and completely understated. I am also back in school to get my PTA degree through ICC so that I can help others regain the lives they want to live, and pay it forward. Without a doubt I am busy living again and loving every minute of it.