Client Success: In Her Own Words

I have been living with chronic lower back pain for years and finally have gotten relief through just a few sessions of dry needling with Marsha and Becca. 

“I am thrilled to have relief and know that dry needling is a resource for this discomfort should I experience it again. Thank you Kate, Becca and Marsha!”

This back pain has affected my quality of life and sleep. I exercise, stretch, have tried massage and over the counter pain medication but have only gotten very temporary relief. My physical therapist, Kate, thought that perhaps I would benefit from some dry needling. Continue reading


Client Success Stories: In Their Own Words

Christopher WashingtonChristopher Washington, College Wrestler

Williams College Wrestler, Active Again After Shoulder Surgery

“Coming out of my junior year of wrestling at Williams, I wasn’t certain I was going to be able to wrestle again because of a torn labrum. Following surgery, Kate has been invested in getting me back to the point where I can get back out on the mat doing what I love! Thanks, Kate!”

Leah Wolk-DirksenLeah Wolk-Dirksen after surgery and Cioffredi rehab

Active Again After Hip Surgery

“The atmosphere at Cioffredi’s is immediately welcoming and comfortable. Both my physical therapy and personal training were spot-on in terms of providing me with the medical information I needed as well as accessible and helpful exercises I continue to do months after I’ve completed my therapy. Cioffredi gave me the confidence and tools I needed to become active again after three hip surgeries. I no longer deal with chronic pain and I’m hiking, biking, and playing tennis. “


Pediatric Physical Therapy Benefits Child with Cerebral Palsy

Sofia Tomek has received pediatric physical therapy care at Cioffredi & Associates since the age of four, after being diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy at age two. As a result of her condition, Sofia has stiffness in both legs and issues with balance. Her mother, Sheri Hancock of Hanover, shared these words recently about Sofia’s experience here with the Cioffredi team.Ten-year-old Sofia Tomek works with PT Becca Swope

“Rebecca and the other wonderful staff at Cioffredi’s have worked with [Sofia], often twice a week, for a number of years and have seen her progress from using a walker to canes to now independent walking and even running. Currently they are working to prepare her muscles for an upcoming surgery and will be a vital part of her rehabilitation. They make exercising fun but challenging, knowing her personality so well as to offer the perfect distractions and encouragement. Thank you Cioffredi for always being there for her!!”

UPDATE: Sofia is now rehabilitating from surgery, under Becca’s care, and she continues to inspire us with her strength and resilience.

 

Read an earlier newsletter article about Sofia from January 2015.

Learn more about Pediatric Physical Therapy.

Read more about pediatric PT success and featuring Graham Portnoy and Marsha Wykes, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT


Back on the Job: Hanover Firefighter Jack Emerson

Jack Emerson, Hanover Firefighter and Cioffredi Client

“When I hurt my back at work I was unsure if I would ever be able to return to work at the firehouse. The staff here was so encouraging and motivating. I had to put the hard work in, but Zac kept me focused and on track. The entire staff knows your name, it feels like they are all in your corner. I had heard I might be out for 4-6 months, at best, but 2 ½ months later I’m back on shift working full duty.” –Lieutenant Jack Emerson, Hanover FD

 

 

Did You Know?

Low Back Pain is Responsible for 33% of Workers’ Comp Claim Costs

Low back pain is one of the most frequent and disabling conditions affecting workers in their productive years. Quality of life and job selection are limited, and recurrence is a major reason for early retirement and disability claims. Low back pain is responsible for 16% of workers’ compensation claims, and a disproportionate 33% of total claim costs.
-Garg et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013, 14:84
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2474/14/84

How Can We Help?

Learn more about the benefits of physical therapy for low back pain.

 


Angie Hinton: Back to Running for Better Health

Angie Hinton, PT ClientPhysical therapy has meant a great deal to me. I have been a member of the (Lebanon, NH, Recreation & Parks) Couch to 5k running group for three years now, and I had been feeling pretty confident about trying my first 10k this summer. That was put on hold in February when I fell on the ice while working. I ignored the pain for a little while, but it did not go away so I began PT. Come to find out, it was not my leg that was the issue but my back. The impact from my fall hurt my lower back causing several problems with my leg and foot. I wanted PT to help clear up the monster amounts of pain I was having and I wanted to get strong enough to run again. Working with Kate has been challenging and very rewarding, I did not think I could get to the point of sitting comfortably, let alone run, but she helped me believe that I could do it. Injuries can sideline you but you can come back. I am practicing with the run club and will run in the 5k race on the 4th of July!

Angie Hinton Runs the Couch to 5KI started to run because I wanted better health and better control of my diabetes. A month ago, after being on medications since 1994, I was taken off insulin and am beginning the process of getting off medication all together! The team at Cioffredi has given me so much more than they will ever know (so much more than PT). I thank them from the bottom of my heart and running shoes!!

–Angie Hinton, Lebanon


Dawn Famiglietti: A Story of ResilienceDawn Famiglietti: A Picture of Resilience

When Dawn Famiglietti of Sunapee reached out suddenly to break someone’s fall one day in late 2011, she was acting on instinct. She had no idea that this quick action would change her life forever, sending her on a journey of pain and healing that would test her to the core. Today, with rods and cages fusing together seven vertebrae in her lower back, Dawn shares inspiration and encouragement with everyone she meets.  Her message: “Don’t stop moving!”

UNBEARABLE PAIN

The scope of Dawn’s back injury did not become fully apparent for several months after the incident. During that time her life became a waking nightmare of unbearable pain. “We tried everything at first: steroid injections, chiropractic adjustments, massage, the pool,” but relief just wouldn’t come without increasing doses of narcotic pain medication—and then with greater frequency.  She suffered headaches, couldn’t sleep, and the pain that shot down her leg like an electric current was unrelenting. She found herself constantly lying on the floor, and away from her loved ones. “Standing was difficult, driving was almost impossible, and I couldn’t sit long enough to even have dinner with my family.”

EMOTIONAL TOLL

To hear her explain it, Dawn fought hard against the idea of being disabled, but the pain and the growing distance between living and merely existing took their toll. “I tried to stay positive in front of my family, but when they were gone I had panic attacks and anxiety. I was depressed.” Like so many people, Dawn found it hard to share her pain or ask for help, but it became too much. “I reached a point where I stopped caring, and I felt very desperate.” When the Christmas decorations didn’t even come out of storage in 2012, she knew she had hit bottom.

SURGERY AND REHABSeven-Vertebrae Lumbar Fusion X-Ray

A surgeon in Boston was finally able to repair Dawn’s severely damaged spine with a multilevel lumbar fusion, a procedure that took two days to complete. Then more than a year since her injury, he challenged her to take charge of her own care. “You can do anything you want,” he told her, “the question is only whether you want to do it.” Right away she knew that her top priority was to get back to normal living, and to move as pain free as possible with minimal use of medications.

Dawn arrived at Cioffredi  & Associates with a limp and still hurting from her initial recovery rehab, but determined to get back her life and her sense of herself.

“When you have back pain, people can’t see it. It’s not like there’s something obviously wrong with you. I had a hard time when I went back to work, because I think I felt like people wouldn’t believe that I was really injured—that they would think I was soaking the system.”

HELP FROM CIOFFREDI & ASSOCIATESDawn Famiglietti PT Client

Physical Therapists Marsha Wykes and Anna Hinman worked with Dawn during her rehabilitation. “They were wonderful,” Dawn reported. “They made me feel important, and that I wasn’t there for no reason. They gave me good information to follow; they educated me, and when I didn’t do my exercises the way I was supposed to,” she explained sheepishly, “I was gently prodded. I almost didn’t want to leave.”

JUST KEEP MOVING

Dawn’s PT experience helped her to be constantly thinking about her posture and the way she does things, and even today she misses no opportunity to stretch or move. Most of her coworkers have no idea of the ordeal she has gone through since 2011, but they might just notice how energetic and positive she is. She always takes the stairs, often two at a time, and sometimes takes an extra set just to push herself. In her office, which is equipped with both a standing desk and a yoga mat, she’ll take a break and do a few stretches. If her door is open and someone sees her bending over in a forward fold, “l just tell them I’m looking for my contact lens. I don’t want anyone to say ‘Poor Dawn,’ I just know that I’ve got to keep moving, just keep those muscles moving.”

POSITIVE OUTLOOKDawn Famiglietti Back on Her Horse

While Dawn’s outcomes are remarkable, she will likely always have good days and “not-so-good days,” when back pain intrudes. She’s determined to keep her positive outlook, but on the tough days she allows herself a break—and occasionally even some Tylenol—and acknowledges that there are things she will always need to approach differently. There won’t be any sit-ups or back bends in her daily fitness routine, for example, but her doctors have cleared her for “everything but skydiving.” Mostly she just wants to keep on gardening, caring for her horses, taking her dog for longs walks, and filling the wood box.

“I set goals for myself that aren’t huge. I look at my behavior and I try not to get down on myself; to go easier for the big things and just always keep moving.”

Her next big goal has to do with her daughter’s wedding in September 2017, she explains bashfully, pointing to her feet. “I want to be able to wear shoes with a little heel.”

LEARN MORE about the kind of excellent physical therapy care that Dawn received at Cioffredi & Associates.

This article appeared in the Cioffredi & Associates July 2017 newsletter. View the entire issue online.


George Merrill’s Total Approach to Movement

Cioffredi & Associates is grateful to serve so many outstanding members of the Upper Valley community, and for the trust they place in us to restore and enhance movement and to get them back to doing the things they love. George Merrill took full advantage of our continuum of care services, and he was kind enough to share his “Movement for Life” experience…

George Merrill's Total Approach to Movement
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