Editor’s note: The following is Part 2 of a series regarding patient Jeremy Keck’s first-hand account of his physical therapy experience at Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics.
Part 2: “Let’s Get Physical” – Physical Therapy, That Is…
Five days after my appointment with Dr. Eric Gordon, it was time for me to report to Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics for my first rehab session. I arrived at the building, signed in and waited in the lobby.
The physical therapist I chose to work with was Greg Calaway. My father recommended Greg because he said he is “hilarious and knows his stuff.” He was right.
Greg called my name and wasted no time explaining the importance of my rehabilitation and my current situation. If my shoulder can stay in place for the next 12 to 18 months, the chance of my shoulder being close to what it was, greatly increases.
However, if my shoulder comes out of place again, I will likely have to have shoulder surgery, endure a lengthy recovery and endure a bad shoulder for the rest of my life.
With all that in mind, Greg began instructing me on how to properly perform a series of shoulder stretches and exercises.
Over the course of the next few weeks I began gaining strength back in my shoulder. I was fortunate that pain did not accompany the experience, but I now understand why those who have gone through PT ask me, “Have you cried yet?” At the conclusion of each session, all the muscles in my left shoulder would be exhausted and I would feel some soreness throughout the rest of the day.
I recognize that I felt all that because there was a purpose behind everything Greg put me through. He was not going to waste time working out parts of my body that were fine. Each activity was a targeted exercise aimed at strengthening my shoulder so it can be kept in place.
Although each session was a workout, I would compare the atmosphere to that of a barbershop rather than that of a gym.
One day I walked in more dressed up than usual. Greg opened the door and exclaimed, “You look like someone I’d borrow money from!”
Whether it was hamming it up from time to time, talking about the latest news in the world of sports, or just talking about life, Greg and the other physical therapists at ASO did an outstanding job creating a great atmosphere. I enjoyed each session.
In my final blog post, I will update you on my doctor’s appointment after a month of physical therapy, as well as what the road to recovery looks like going forward.