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Jody R.

Jun19th 2020

H2Orthopedics not only got me strong and free from pain, they changed my life!

No matter what your age, if you have an injury or are recovering from surgery, I cannot impress upon you enough the benefits you will experience with H2Orthopedic!

If you have never experienced Aquatic Physical Therapy, you are in for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!

When I found H2Orthopedic Aquatic Physical Therapy, I knew I was entering a whole new journey into my recovery, but what I didn’t know was that part of this journey was also going to give me my life back!

I have had 3 lumbar/sacral fusions in the last 3 years.  The first 2 failed and I am now recovering from the 3rd, after 11 and 1/2 hours of surgery removing and replacing all the failed hardware.  I did “on land” physical therapy after the first 2 fusions, with minimal results. The muscles in my body had atrophied so badly from years of bed rest that I wasn’t sure I would ever recover from the latest fusion.  I am so grateful my latest surgeon ordered Aquatic Physical Therapy. I had been told for years that getting in the water after an injury/surgery is the best and safest way to recover. Well, I’m here to tell you that is the absolute truth!!

I called H2O for a consultation and spoke with Lanae. I explained to her my situation and that I had PTSD and severe Agoraphobia.  She was so personable, compassionate and understanding that Lanae was the reason I booked the appointment. First impressions are everything, right?  Larry Lindley, the owner, actually opened on a Saturday so I could get my consultation as soon as possible. So, I took my first step and a big leap of faith, got in my car, and drove for the first time in 2 years to meet with Larry. That in itself was a miracle for me and it was the beginning of the end of my Agoraphobia!

At the time I was 3 months post-surgery.  I couldn’t sit, stand up straight or walk without pain and had to use a walker or cane to get around. I also had been bed ridden for 2 years prior to my latest surgery. For someone like me who has been athletic all my life it was like a prison sentence stuck in isolation in my own body.

By the time I got to the clinic I was in an all-consuming anxiety attack. But Larry won me over immediately! He was amazing!  Not only was he very professional but he was funny in a gentle, good humored way and helped calm my anxiety attacks.  He was very professional, detailed and informative during my consultation. When he took me on a tour of the clinic (I almost cried when I saw the pool, I was so excited) and by the time I left I could not wait to get back to get started!

I returned to H2O the following Monday to find a very busy physical therapy clinic. Every person there, including staff and patients, was having lively conversations, laughing and thoroughly enjoying themselves all the while everyone was still having 100% of their PT’s attention on their physical therapy treatment.  It was a 180 turn from any other PT clinic I had been to!  It truly felt like they were one big happy family!  And I was about to become part of that family!  For someone with my disabilities there are no words that could explain what that meant to me.

The first week of treatment Larry worked with me hands on with gentle movements and exercises to help with range of motion and to get my broken, weak body moving. By the next week I was INTO THE POOL!!!

If you have never experienced aquatic physical therapy, you are in for one of the most amazing experiences of your life! The pool is kept at a very warm but comfortable temperature, kind of like a jacuzzi temp and your body immediately feels more relaxed and mobile.  It’s kept very clean as well.

Larry started me off slowly my first week working on my form and how to hold my body when I do the exercises in the pool, making sure I was not going to aggravate my back. After a week of running me through different movements, equipment and strengthening I was hooked, line and sinker. I could feel my body getting stronger right away and without pain!

I was then turned over to Stefan who is highly educated with a doctorate in physical therapy and a special interest in neurological conditions. Stephen has been working with me for the last few months and is an amazing source of information. He has worked diligently with me 3 times a week in the pool with an assortment of exercises and tools they use for strengthening in the water.  If I have any kind of set- back, Stephen is positive and very caring in treating the source of the pain and getting me back in the pool a.s.a.p.

I never in my wildest dreams thought I could not wait to leave my home, get in my car and drive to physical therapy 3 times a week. However, H2Othopedics and their amazing staff had me cane free after a week. Have me feeling stronger every day, in less pain and last, but for me certainly, not least they were able to cure me of my Agoraphobia!

Thank you everyone at H2Othopedics; Larry, Stefan, Lanae and Amy for bringing me back to life.  You are my healing family and I will be eternally grateful to have found you and look forward to a brighter, pain free life with you all.