Mary Hiland

October 15th, 2019

After 12 sessions at Cornerstone Physical Therapy, I’m finally getting a glimpse at the end of my misery. Physical Therapy, PT was the best thing that has happened to my back in 2 years. Funny I should say that, because 2 years ago, my doctor sent me to PT, at a different place, and it only made the sciatic nerve pain worse. Thus beginning the frustrating, time consuming, money wasting journey through medical and health insurance hell.

6 steroid treatments later, along with 4 MRIs, X-rays, blood tests, all sorts of ineffective anti-inflammatory medications, 2 sessions of acupuncture, 9 visits to the chiropractor, ice and heat, massage, consultations with 2 separate surgeons, and finally surgery, to say nothing of the thousands of dollars, I’ve come full circle to physical therapy. Only this time, instead of increasing my pain, I’m actually feeling great at the end of each session. It’s hard work, waking up muscles that have gone into hiding for 2 years. But I have things to do. I have a beautiful tandem bike and a great friend ready to ride it with me, if the weather ever turns to spring.  I’m scheduled to go to The Seeing Eye in late May to train with a new dog. I’m planning the 15th annual Hen Hike for October. And maybe next winter I can get back on my skis! But first I must be diligent about my stretches, crunches, squats, toe rises, elastic bands, and weighted balls. For the first time in 2 years, I’m doing something for my back that I know is right. No more guess work. No more expensive pointless tests. No more postponements with doctors who are too busy to see me. No more fighting with health insurance. No more bad advice, no more rudeness and incompetence. How refreshing it is to feel confident that I am finally on the road to recovery. Thank you Justin and Craig for helping me turn the corner.