Testimonials: Physical Therapy

Mary Cordaro – Physical Therapy

Dr. Jamie SwaleI would like to “Thank both Jamie Swale, DPT and Josh Hancock, PTA” for the great PT assistance they provide. They are professional, respectful and offer care and concern. They listen to you and adapt to the client’s need.

I always choose OSC Physical Therapy when I need PT. All the staff are friendly, personal and knowledgeable. The facility is clean and especially with Covid- 19, I appreciate the extra cleaning service.
Good Job Everyone!!!

Mary Cordaro

Brenda Botsford – Multi-Level Lumbar Fusion

I have been waiting to write this testimonial until the very end of the recovery process. My wife has always had minor back pain, sometimes it was worse the others, but she always managed to deal with it. Usually, she went to her chiropractor and, after a visit or two, the pain went away, or at least she didn’t mention the problem. Early in July of 2021, she began to complain about her back again and decided to try the chiropractor like she had always done in the past. Also, she tried doing stretch exercises at home as the pain became worse every day.

By July 17, the pain had become so bad, at times, she was having trouble just walking, sleeping, or sitting. The pain would not go away no matter what position she tried.  The only position that seemed to ease the pain at all was the “fetal position”. I took her to the ER at Portsmouth Naval Hospital to see if they could do anything for her on that day. The doctor there was not a specialist in the area of back pain and was a young inexperienced Lt. who seemed scared to do anything about it other than give my wife some Tylenol.

After the long, painful ride home, I decided to go “on line” and see what I could find in the way of back specialists, since this was obviously not my wife usual back pain problem. This is when I found the Orthopedic & Spine Center web site, I also found some other centers that specialized in nothing but back and spine issues. I really wanted to get several doctors lined up for their opinions, my feeling was that I wanted to get this right the first time! After I called OSC, they were able to get my wife in for an evaluation of her problem on July 19th. which impressed me. This was when we first met Dr. Jeffrey Carlson.  Every day the pain was getting worse and she was not eating or sleeping much. July 22 was the soonest that OSC could get her in for an MRI.

July 29th was the follow up appointment for the MRI results. Dr. Carlson reviewed the results and immediately found the problem – two vertebra had become misaligned and the nerve was being pinched. By this time, the pain was to the point where my wife was not eating or sleeping, no position made the pain any more tolerable.

The surgery date was set for August 17th, which seemed like an eternity for my wife to be in constant extreme pain. The following day, July 30, my wife was in such extreme pain, I took her back to the OSC center and asked if there was anything they could do to ease the pain until the surgery date. This is where Trish came into the picture, she is the scheduler for the surgery dates, she is also the main point of contact for questions that patients may have. After a short notice visit that Friday July 30th with Dr. Carlson he went to Trish and said the date needed to moved up if at all possible. Trish made it happen, the new date was August 3rd. By this time my wife had lost 20 lbs. and was in constant extreme pain, she was very appreciative of the new date for the surgery that Trish had been able to work out.

Tuesday morning, August 3rd my wife and I were at the hospital, the whole process went exactly as we had been told by Trish, no surprises at all. Dr. Carlson worked his magic and as soon as my wife came out of the anesthesia the nerve pain was gone. Apparently, my wife had a bit more trouble than most patients coming out of the anesthesia, so my waiting time was double of what I was told to expect, but she was in good hands. My wife ended up staying the night in the hospital due to this issue, but it was just to make sure that she was doing good before being released. By 3:30 pm the next day, I had my wife in the car headed home and the nerve pain was all gone.

The next two weeks, my wife spent at home just taking it easy and enjoying the fact that I was waiting on her hand and foot. August 16th was the first of several follow-up appointments with Dr. Carlson, X-rays were taken so he could see how her spine was doing and he was very pleased with her progress.

Now “fast forward” to September 21.  We went to the initial evaluation for my wife’s physical therapy following the surgery. It has been a long seven weeks since the surgery, but my wife is doing fantastic, the only pain she is experiencing is the area around the incision is still a bit sore and sensitive. Dr. Carlson said that her recovery is going great and this is to be expected, everybody recovers at a different rate.

This has been a “life-changing event” for my wife, there is no way she would have lasted in the condition she was in. I cannot thank the crew at OSC enough for their skill and services that they perform, I don’t think that they truly realize what they do on a day-to-day basis for people that are in the situation that my wife and I were in!

Our many thanks,
Larry and Brenda Botsford  

 

Iola DiIorio – Physical Therapy

Cody Leeworthy, DPT

This is the third time that I have had the opportunity to see Cody Leeworthy, PT, DPT.  I find him and his crew fantastic. They have helped me get back into the things that I enjoy doing, like hiking, working around the house, and other activities. If you have never been able to do much but sit around your house, you know what I mean.

I know it means some pain when they work on me, but the end result is worth it. I live in Williamsburg, so going to Newport News for PT is not fun, but they have my best interest at heart. Love you guys and gals.

Iola DiIorio

Wilfred MacDonald – Physical Therapy after Total Knee Replacement

Dr. Paige Tretter, DPTI recently had a total knee replacement at the Orthopaedic and Spine Center (OSC). I have written a testimonial for Dr. Boyd Haynes and highly recommend OSC, particularly Dr. Haynes and his surgical team, for this procedure. Further, I chose the OSC Physical Therapy team for my post-op physical therapy provider. After 2 weeks of home therapy, I was ready for my outpatient therapy.

Dr. Paige Tretter was my lead therapist. Her team consisted of Bill Richards (PT Assistant) and Brittany Hodges (PT Technician). Dr. Paige designed a detailed PT plan for me after conducting a range of motion assessment of my knee. She provided me an at-home exercise program to be integral to the OSC exercise plan. By following her plan, I was able to meet my range of motion goal ahead of schedule. I then progressed to leg muscle strengthening.

I had 8 x 1 hour therapy sessions at OSC PT. My PT Technician, Brittany Hodges, escorted me to my exercise locations and coached me through each exercise to ensure I was doing each properly. At the conclusion of each session, Bill Richards did a progress assessment to ensure I was progressing. At no point, did I feel duress throughout my sessions. Every exercise was a positive experience.

I highly recommend going to OSC PT for your outpatient knee replacement physical therapy treatments. Throughout my 4 week program, Dr. Paige and her staff were very professional, encouraging and just plain friendly. I enjoyed my experiences at the OSC PT Center. Note however – self physical therapy at home IS absolutely essential to reaching your therapy goals. This takes commitment to the OSC plan for your complete surgery recovery.

Wilfred MacDonald – Outpatient Total Knee Replacement

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesI had a total knee replacement at OSC at the end of May 2021. Dr. Boyd Haynes ( and PA Chris Schwizer) performed my surgery. I strongly recommend going to OSC and requesting Dr. Haynes in particular, for this surgery. Their services are conservative, comprehensive and professional. I requested Dr.Haynes because he previously performed hip replacement surgery on my wife and her experience was excellent.

Dr. Haynes was very thorough in terms of discussing my knee surgery and recommended for me outpatient surgery. He detailed every step of the procedure, answering clearly my questions. I reported to the hospital at 8:00 AM. By 9:30, I had completed my pre-op procedures and met with Dr. Haynes’ surgical team. The next thing I remember was waking up in a large comfortable chair at 12:30 PM. My leg was wrapped in an Ace bandage from the middle of my thigh to my ankle. The entire procedure was absolutely pain free. I was a little groggy at first, but soon ready for discharge. I had no problem getting into the passenger side seat of our car.

The next day I was visited by Dr. Haynes’ home physical therapy staff. Dr. Haynes does not use stitches or staples to close the wound. A surgical tape closes the wound and is pain free and comfortable. My wound was text book perfect. I was given a home exercise program and therapy schedule to ensure a successful surgery. Home therapy took 2 weeks (2 visits/week). I elected to go to the OSC Physical Therapy for my out-patient physical therapy. I highly recommend this group for your 4 week post-op physical therapy. The OSC Physical Therapy program is integral to Dr. Haynes’ surgical plan for a successful knee replacement. Note – it is essential to do your home exercises as prescribed by the OSC Physical Therapy professional staff. Increasing range of motion and strengthening your leg muscles are critical to a successful knee replacement.

In summary, I strongly recommend using all of OSC’s services. I especially recommend having Dr. Haynes and his team perform all aspects of the procedure. I give Dr. Haynes my highest recommendation, trust him implicitly and am very pleased with my new knee. I’m back to walking several miles per day and I’m confident I’ll be playing golf again soon – pain free.

Wilfred MacDonald 

 

Paul Sevigny, MSgt, USAF (Ret)  – Physical Therapy for Sciatica Pain

Dr. Tom ToothakerThe OSC has been my Go To place for more than twenty years. This time, it was sciatica and it was very painful. Through the expertise of Dr. Tom Toothaker and Bill Richards PTA, I am now free of this pain and am able to walk normally. Kudos to all the great folks at the OSC Physical Therapy Center!

 Paul Sevigny, MSgt, USAF (Ret)

Clarence Meadows – Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Dr. Martin ColemanWhile playing golf, I noticed a recurring pain in my shoulder. It became more and more agonizing. I decided to see Dr. Martin Coleman and he ordered an MRI scan, where he found my already repaired right shoulder joint was deteriorated from arthritis . He informed me that the joint would would need a replacement.  On March 9, I had the surgery.

It is now three months later and I have not had any pain since the 2nd day after surgery. I have strengthened the joint, now swing a golf club, and I’m cutting the grass around my bee hives. If you are hesitant about surgery, with Dr. Coleman, his staff and with physical therapy, you could have the same results. Please remember you are responsible to follow the Dr.’s directives and the prescribed physical therapy.

Clarence Meadows

Karen Muldoon – Jiffy Hip Replacement

Dr. Boyd Haynes, IIIBefore Dr. Boyd Haynes did my “jiffy hip” surgery, I was convinced I was going to have to move from the third floor apartment that I love. My arthritic hip was making the 38 steps to my apartment increasingly hard to climb. And with no elevator, it looked as if moving was my only choice.

Dr. Haynes told me that if my hip was the only reason I thought I should move, that wouldn’t be an issue. He was right. Just two weeks post op, I am going up and down the stairs with no pain and little difficulty.

Before the surgery, wherever I went, kind people asked me if I needed help as I struggled with my cane to get back to my car after shopping.

Today, after just over two weeks, I am walking unassisted by a cane or walker – not as fast yet as I used to be, but I am improving daily and convinced it won’t be long before I’ll be able to take the long beach walks I loved. I feel like a new person – or, more accurately, the person I was before my hip started chipping away at my mobility.

Dr. Haynes answered all my questions and seemed to sense concerns I hadn’t voiced. And his caring manner gave me confidence. He called the night of my surgery to check up on me and arranged home physical therapy for two weeks to aid in my recovery.

I could not have asked for a better outcome or a better surgeon. I would recommend Dr. Haynes to anyone considering a hip replacement.

Karen Muldoon

Richard Tindall – Physical Therapy after Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Cody Leeworthy, DPT

Cody Leeworthy, DPT

I received therapy for recovery from my left total shoulder replacement. I worked mostly with Cody Leeworthy DPT, Fred Wintermantel PTA, and their aides. Their approach was both professional and caring; and the entire department chipped in from time to time to keep the session moving. After three joint replacement surgeries and 40 years as an orthotist; I’ve observed many PT departments in various capacities. This experience was easily the best.

Richard Tindall

Doug Patterson – Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist in Newport NewsThank you, Dr. Tom Toothaker, Josh, Bill and the entire team at OSC Physical Therapy. These folks really make excellence the standard! From the moment you walk in the door, there is no doubt that you are at the place you need to be to get your mobility back on track. Can’t say enough about this team. No doubt that I would visit them again.

Doug Patterson