Surgery isn't always the easiest and best solution to a chronic pain problem. Sometimes physical therapy can help you regain your strength and range of motion. We met an Aberdeen woman who suffered for a year with terrible pain in her left arm until she saw a physical therapist at Avera St. Luke's. In three weeks her pain was gone.
Lynn Knott is a mother of 2 busy teens and a registered nurse at Gerber Professional Association in Aberdeen so she really didn't have the time or patience for persistent pain in her left arm that made it virtually impossible to do daily tasks.
Lynn says, "I had pain down the back of my forearm and some in the front. I do a lot of walking with my husband and I would have to hold my arm across my body because it ached so bad. By the end of the day it's at it's worse."
She had an MRI done that came back normal so she says her next logical step was to see a physical therapist at Avera St. Luke's.
Her physical therapist Carl Bot says, "It turns out she had a lot of stiffness and tightness in her upper back and neck and chronic irritability in the nerves that they ran down in to the arm. We established an exercise program to help restore the upper back and neck motion and re-strengthen some key muscular areas. She says she is 90% improved."
Before Lynn started physical therapy she could hardly extend her left arm, going palm side up hurt worse, forget about turning her head the opposite direction. Once she did her daily exercises she could do all of that and apply pressure to her fingertips.
Lynn says, "My symptoms are significantly better. I'm really grateful to Carl for sharing his knowledge and expertise. I can get back to doing the daily tasks I couldn't do before pain free."
After only three visits with her physical therapist and a number of stretching exercises she does and will do daily for the rest of her life, her life is back to normal. It's still busy, but at least now she can be hands on with both hands.