Are you trapped by thoughts of being broken?
I would like to share a story with you.
A woman recently came in with debilitating shoulder pain. She had been moving luggage around when she first felt the pain, and the pain wouldn’t go away. She couldn't even raise her arm above her head without pain. After she saw a doctor, she seriously considered surgery.
This prospect really scared her, but she wanted to be able to do the things she loves—especially golf—and enjoy life to the fullest. I could see the fear on her face when she told me her story, and when we took her through an evaluation, her diminished confidence was evident.
It reminded me how powerful the words of a doctor can be; they can drastically affect how a patient feels about their own capabilities. Yes, a proper diagnosis is necessary, but what often gets left out is building the patient’s confidence back up so they can get through their injury—possibly via alternative solutions.
The woman who came to see me had been diagnosed with a possible rotator-cuff tear, and the next recommended step was a surgery consultation. We are so glad she decided to seek us out instead.
After about six visits over the course of three weeks, she is not only raising her arm up over her head without pain, she’s been playing some golf. She is not out of the woods completely; we have her on a strengthening and rel hab program that will periodically be updated as she progresses. But we did help her fully get over the fear that she is forever broken; she’s now back to feeling strong and resilient.
Our bodies are incredibly adaptable. Don’t let yours be trapped by thoughts of being broken.
We change lives, through assessment, treatment, training, and motivation. We can help you or your loved ones break free of those thoughts of being broken. For more information or to make an appointment, please give us a call or visit our website at www.ElevateSPC.com.
Dr. Kyle Buth