According to the American Medical Association, first-time knee replacements in the U.S. increased by 63% in only a seven-year period from 1997 to 2004 while primary hip replacements increased by 48% in the same period, and these trends are expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
But historically, physical therapy has been just a post-surgical rehabilitation activity. Today, however, we know that physical preparation and evaluation with a specially trained physical therapist before most procedures can speed up recovery, reduce pain, and relieve anxiety. In addition, becoming familiar with your therapist and the exercises he or she will recommend after surgery will make them easier to do.
I have been a member of Innovative Health & Fitness for more than 10 years and am now a Group Fitness Instructor. I knew Sharon through Group Fitness Classes and through other members who referred to her as “the miracle worker.” It was not until I tore my labrum during prep for a body building competition that I had the opportunity to benefit from her physical therapy services.
I have been working with Sharon since April 2016. Little did I know Franklin Rehabilitation would become a second home for my. In May, I had surgery to repair my torn labrum. Shortly after that, I was diagnosed with Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder). I worked with Sharon and her staff three days a week, for very intensive therapy. In December, I underwent a second procedure to surgically manipulate the scar tissue, in hopes to speed up my recovery. Sharon continues to aggressively treat my condition, while working on improving my strength, flexibility and mobility.
Without her expertise, knowledge and guidance, the process I made in the last seven months would not have been possible. Sharon has a unique way of knowing what my body can handle, pushing its limits and effectively treating my condition. I look forward to the rest of my healing process and am grateful to have her as a part of this very complicated journey.
Sharon also played an integral role in my daughter’s hip injury recovery. As a young 12 year old athlete (swimmer), my daughter struggled for six months (having to take an entire swim season off) with pain and lack of mobility in her hip. Sharon’s “miracle-working hands” got her back in the water and racing at a competitive and elite level, while preserving her strength and positive attitude. For that, I am also grateful. Franklin Rehabilitation, its staff and the convenience of hours and location, has been a blessing to me and my family. This will forever be my choice for services if any physical therapy is needed in the future.