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Jennifer Ludwig

November 2, 2021

I was born with a partially fused left ankle joint. Because of this, my mobility is limited and prolonged time spent walking, running, hiking, biking causes pain. This condition has caused progressive issues in my knees and hips to the point where, at the age of 40 I developed crippling back pain and could no longer function in my daily life. When I finally reached my limit of hoping the pain would go away on its own, my doctor sent me to physical therapy.

I had always hear other people complain about going to PT, describing it at best as an inconvenience. I was nervous about going because I feared my back pain's root cause was the ankle and that there would not be a way to improve the problem.

After meeting with Taylor for the first time, she said, “Of course your situation is not hopeless! There are always things we can do to help.” This brought tears to my eyes, because I had been in pain for years – much longer than my recent extreme back pain.

Chronic pain has been a part of my life since childhood. I live with the likelihood that my left foot and ankle will be hurting by the end of each day. But over time I had become unable to kneel down, sit down in or get out of a chair without the use of my arms, stand for long periods, carry heavy things, or walk at a normal pace.

Taylor prescribed 14 sessions of PT and to my astonishment, after 2 or 3 sessions, I began experiencing relief of my excruciating back pain. This motivated me to complete my exercises at home rigorously and to enjoy them as they made each day so much better! As our time progressed, not only was my back pain completely gone, I began to see mobility improvement in many other parts of my life. I am moving now in ways I haven't been able to in years.

My experience with Superior Physical Therapy has been overwhelmingly positive and truly life changing.  I am now living without the constant fear of pain. And this is just the beginning! As I continue the work that we started here, I can't wait to see what else I can do!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you!


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