Testimonials: Shoulder - Non Surgical

Richard Tamashiro-Costa – Physical Therapy After Motorcycle Accident

At 61 years young, I survived a motorcycle accident in which I broke 9 ribs in multiple places as well as my collar bone and shoulder blade. I was healing well, but had limited use of my right arm. This was very depressing as I thought I would never be able to ride again, play a round of golf or do many of the things I had been enjoying for years.

I came to OSC Physical Therapy to try to get the range of motion and strength back in my shoulder, so that I could resume my exercise regimen and get back on a motorcycle. As I was anxious to start my physical therapy, I was very impressed that they were able to schedule my evaluation appointment within two days of my initial call, and my first physical therapy appointment a few days later.

In the 8 weeks that followed, I worked with DPT Jamie Swale, PTA Heather Cole and techs Corey and Zach twice a week. After the first few sessions working with them and doing the stretches and exercises they prescribed, I could tell that, with hard work, I would be very close to regaining full use of my arm.

I “graduated” and they sent me home with a list of exercises to continue my progress. I will be forever grateful for the care and the motivation that Jamie, Heather, Corey and Zach gave me which, not only helped me get through the sometimes painful workouts, but also got me back on a motorcycle again.

If you or anyone you know needs physical therapy, I wholeheartedly recommend OSC. The quality of the facility and equipment is five star and the staff is AMAZING!!

Richard Tamashiro-Costa

Buddy DeRyder – Non-surgical Treatment for a Torn Biceps Muscle & Rotator Cuff

Dr. Boyd Haynes’ mantra is “that orthopedic surgery to repair an injury is not always the first and necessary solution”.  And that was the case for me.

As an active 81 year-old sailor, I tore my right biceps muscle hauling in a sail. I have been an OSC patient for about 40 years, so I looked on the OSC website and saw Dr. Haynes treated biceps muscles. His first diagnosis was not pleasing, as an in office MRI also showed a tear in the right shoulder rotator cuff. I had rotator cuff surgery on that shoulder 20 years ago and, no doubt, Dr. Haynes saw the immediate fear in my eyes at the unwelcome news!

Being familiar with this type of injury, in a very relaxed manner, Dr Haynes explained options, other than surgery, that could be considered. He prescribed an initial physical therapy session to develop range of motion and slowly exercise the muscles involved with the bicep and shoulder. After promise was shown with the initial learned exercise set, a second exercise set was undertaken for two months to build up muscle strength.

At the office examination after that second session, I was able to pass his strength tests and he proclaimed the welcome news that it looked like surgery was not necessary. YEAH! Dr Haynes suggested to continue those exercise which I perform at a local YMCA to maintain and perhaps slowly build muscle strength….. with a healthy diet of course. That’s also his mantra!

I am extremely appreciative of the attention and assurance of both Dr. Haynes and his physician assistant, Chris Schwizer, over the course of my slowly improving rehabilitation process.