Testimonials: Physical Therapy

Melanie Johnson – Physical Therapy for Post-Surgical C-5 Nerve Palsy

 

On Dec 9, 2019, Dr. Jeffrey Carlson performed a posterior cervical laminectomy and inserted four rods in my spine to relieve compression of my spinal cord. The surgery went well and as always, Dr. Carlson did a great job. However, after I woke up, I found that I couldn’t use my left arm. I had a complication called a C-5 palsy, which means because the nerves between that cervical vertebrae had been compressed for so long, they had been damaged and I was going to have to “re-learn” how to use that arm.

I had physical therapy at home for about five weeks. It was determined it could be up to a year or more for me to gain the use of my arm. Mid-January, I was released to PT at OSC’s Physical Therapy Center and saw Dr. Paige Tretter for an evaluation. At that time, I could lift my left arm at about 25 degrees in front of me, couldn’t bear any weight on it or lift more than a couple of pounds. A program was set up for me and I began working with one of the therapists for about three weeks and he did a good job. But after that, I began working with Fred Wintermantel, LPTA.

Fred Wintermantel, LPTAOver the next four months, Fred worked the program that was set up for me, but he went above and beyond during each appointment to adapt therapy for me that met my specific needs to help continue healing for my neck and to help me regain the use of my arm. He would always ask how I was feeling when I came in. He would listen, really listen, and then work through my program and add or take away exercises that would better help me progress. My exercises were often difficult & sometimes painful, but I always felt encouraged to push through as I felt comfortable. Another helpful thing he did was to explain WHY we did some of the exercises we did. He would explain how using certain muscles or movements were going to help me heal. g with at the moment, because he always gave 100% to each patient, but this just shows the commitment to what he does.

Each month I would follow up with Dr. Tretter to see if I should continue my therapy. She, too, is committed to the care of her patients and always supported me continuing until we felt I was doing well enough to work on my own. She was often amazed at the progress I was making each month knowing what my prognosis was initially.

Dr. Paige Tretter

After four and half months of therapy at OSC with Fred, I am now able to lift my arm over my head, bear weight on my shoulder, use weights in my exercises and have close to 100% mobility in that arm. I still have numbness and have to limit the weight I lift/carry with my arm and believe I’ll get to 100% , but I know that had I not worked with Fred over these last months, I would be nowhere near I am now in my healing process

The skill, heart and motivation he has for his patients is not often seen and OSC should be thankful for quality employees such as Fred Wintermantel, LPTA and Dr. Paige Tretter .

Melanie Johnson

 

 

Make an appointment with Dr. Carlson or Dr. Tretter, or Fred or another OSC provider by clicking the “Request Appointment” button below or by calling (757) 596-1900.  

 

Jackie Smith – Physical Therapy for Rotator Cuff Surgeries & a Shoulder Manipulation

Jamie Swale, PT, DPTThank you doesn’t begin to express how grateful I am for having the absolute BEST Physical Therapy Team in the area. Having had two rotator cuff surgeries, a shoulder manipulation, and almost 17 months of PT, I know I could not have made it through without this dedicated team. There were days I was ready to give up, but Dr. Jamie Swale and the entire team were supportive, encouraging, and I always left PT with my attitude adjusted and ready to tackle another day.

I highly recommend OSC PT – you cannot ask for anyone better!

Jackie Smith

Jo Ellen Valdez – Physical Therapy after Reverse Shoulder Replacement

 

Physical Therapist in Newport NewsI went to Physical Therapy after reverse shoulder replacement surgery. I had waited so long to have surgery that I had lost a great deal of mobility and knew it was going to take a focused time in Physical Therapy to bring the shoulder back to a workable place.

Dr. Tom Toothaker was perfect for the job. He is the best Physical Therapist I’ve ever had. He set forth a plan of recovery that was just right – not too aggressive or too slow. He encouraged me to try my hardest & do a little extra to work toward achieving our goals. He was patient because it took me longer to recover and it was slow. But I looked forward to my Physical Therapy visits because of his encouragement. His humor kept the atmosphere light & on target.

I came out of Physical Therapy with my shoulder having gained excellent mobility and range of motion. I was quite pleased with the results.

Sunnie Dringenberg – Physical Therapy after Knee Replacement

This was my second knee replacement that Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at OSC did and the second time with these Physical Therapists. Joshua Hancock, LPTA, worked diligently with me and I completed my therapy in six weeks.

Dr. Tom Toothaker Image of Josh Hancock, LPTA

The place is very clean and the tables are cleaned and prepped after each patient. The whole staff was so pleasant and attentive the entire time I was there.

I truly appreciate all the work they did with me and in a way, I was sad to leave them. I’m glad I healed as I did, but they were like a second family in my life. I seriously hope I never have to

Tom Toothaker, PT, DPT                     Josh Hancock, LPTA

return for surgery or PT again, but if I should, I will definitely return to OSC and have Dr. Carlson do the surgery and Dr. Tom Toothaker be my therapist with Josh Hancock working with me. Thanks, guys!

Sunnie Dringenberg 

Charlotte Mitchell – Total Knee Replacement & Physical Therapy

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesMy second knee replacement was completed in December 2019 and performed by my most trusted OSC Physician, Dr Boyd Haynes.

Although this knee replacement was physically challenging (due to intense pain and swelling) in the beginning, I had no fears because I knew I was in the best hands of the most professional Physical Therapy Center on the Peninsula, OSC Therapy Center.

 

Dr. Tom Toothaker, Clinic Director of OSC Physical Therapy and Josh Hancock, Physical Therapist Assistant, guided me through 3+ months of many challenging exercises; various pain relief techniques, motivation when I felt down due to my impatience and professional genuine care!!

 

Thanks to Dr. Toothaker, PTA Hancock, and the great team of assistants, for improving the quality of my life once again! I am now fully mobile; walking without my cane, squatting and most importantly racing up and down stairs for the first time in many, many years.

My friends can’t believe how well I did with my PT and how I was motivated by the OSC staff! I highly recommend your facility to anyone! Thank you all so much for helping me to walk once again without pain!

Charlotte Mitchell

Beverly Creekmore – Total Knee Replacement Surgery & Post-op Physical Therapy

Dr. Boyd Haynes, IIII had Total Knee Replacement (TKR) on February 5, 2020. I was so afraid going into this surgery but I can honestly say it was so much better than I expected. Dr. Boyd Haynes did a great job, my knee is so strong now and I can do all of my daily activities…finally! He has such a great bedside manner and answered all my concerns and is so reassuring.

 

 

 

 

 

I did Physical Therapy at OSC with Dr. Paige Tretter and Fred Wintermantel. Again, a great experience! They are both excellent and always were encouraging and kept me informed of how I was progressing. A great staff there, from the front desk to the ladies that helped me through my exercises. I appreciate everyone of you.

Image of Dr. Paige TretterAgain, thank you all so much !!! I’ll definitely recommend OSC.

Beverly Creekmore

Debbie Lehrer – My Husband’s Total Knee Replacement

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesI’m writing on behalf of my husband. He had a total knee replacement on 2/19/20, performed by OSC’s Dr. Boyd Haynes. I’ve been so impressed with the entire process, from the scheduling of the surgery to how quickly his disability paperwork was submitted, to the entire experience at the hospital. We were both greeted so nicely at Mary Immaculate Hospital..all of the nurses were fantastic, the care he got was great. While he was in the recovery area, one of the nurses called twice to update me on his progress. His surgery was at 7:30 AM and we were home by noon.

That night, I got a call from Dr. Haynes to check on how my husband was doing. That personal touch, is unheard of these days!  Encompass Home Health called the night of his surgery and set up times for the nurse and physical therapist to come out to our home the next day. I had 100% confidence in both the nurse and Physical Therapists. The Physical Therapist, Sam, she was fantastic. She really got him moving and motivated. He stopped using the walker most of the time on day 4.

He’s now 3 weeks post-op and no longer is even using the cane. He has been doing outpatient Physical Therapy w/ Dr. Tom Toothaker at OSC, he is really wonderful. He’s following the home exercise program that Tom made for him.

From the spouse’s point of view, this entire experience was wonderful. With Dr. Haynes surgical skill, with the Home Health PT and Tom’s physical therapy program, my husband is having a wonderful recovery. I would highly recommend Dr. Boyd Haynes and OSC to everyone!!

Debbie Lehrer

Corey Rodriguez – Physical Therapy for Work-Related Back Injury

Image of Dr. Jamie SwaleI went to Dr. Mark McFarland for a back injury I sustained at work. He told me what he thought the cause was and that I should do Physical Therapy before considering surgery or other options. I 100% supported this decision.

The Physical Therapists I worked with did an awesome job helping figure out what worked and what didn’t. The facilities and equipment was state of the art. The staff is very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. And the best part is I felt like Dr. Jamie Swale and Fred Wintermantel were my friends. I hope to see them again, but not in these circumstances.

I would recommend OSC to anyone with an injury or needing physical therapy. Thanks again Dr. McFarland, Jamie, Fred, and everyone else who helped me.

Corey Rodriguez 

Cecil S. – Spine Surgery & Physical Therapy

Jeffrey Carlson, M.D.

I was referred to the Orthopaedic & Spine Center (OSC) for my lower back pain. After approximately 10 years of off and on back issues I recently experienced heightened and continuous pain. It was my first experience with OSC and Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. Dr. Carlson reviewed my MRI and x-rays with me and explained the cause and effects of my pain. He explained the options for addressing my issues.

After trying the epidural as my first option, it became obvious surgery would be my best option. Dr. Carlson set the process in motion for my surgery. I’ve been extremely impressed with the thorough planning, coordination, scheduling and execution processes of OSC. I’m very happy with surgery by Dr. Carlson and the healing results.

I recently started Physical Therapy at OSC’s therapy facility. I’m equally impressed and satisfied with that facility and its personnel. Everyone I’ve come into contact with at OSC have made for a welcoming experience. I will definitely and highly recommend OSC to family and friends.

Cecil S.

E. Lee – Physical Therapy for Osteoarthritis of the Knees

When I started at the OSC Physical Therapy facility for my knee condition, I noticed right off how great these guys were (Jamie Swale, DPT; Katelyn Turek and Douglas) and how awesome they are with caring for each patient, along with their professional attitude.  I have so much I want to say about the amazing care and treatment I’m receiving and am very grateful for you guys being my therapist and my techs.

What I love most about this facility is the tremendous level of motivation that has inspired me. My therapy team is knowledgeable in all areas of this profession and always keep me informed.  You guys get the job done and I thank you for your understanding, patience and just listening to any question or concern that I may have in reference to my treatment.  Plus, the compassionate, heartfelt care I have been receiving since I’ve been coming to the facility. I’m doing all of the advanced exercises, which are very helpful and have helped me to improve my mobility tremendously, without stress.

OSC is the best Physical Therapy office for my treatment plan and I just wanted to take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude to you guys for taking good care of me.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this rehabilitation period.  I’ll be forever grateful as I continue treatment.

Thank  you!

E. Lee