Moratz, a certified lymphedema, occupational and hand therapist, recalled a patient who had been repeatedly hospitalized with leg infections, placed on oxygen, and was unable to walk or work. Following a lymphedema diagnosis and daily outpatient therapy at the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine, his swelling was controlled, allowing him to walk again, forgo oxygen and return to work.
Becky Stover, MS, RN, a nurse clinical system project manager at GBMC and an active athlete, was referred to the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine after suffering a debilitating broomball injury in 2013.
"My pain intensified to the point of being unable to play broomball," Stover recalled. "I began having difficulties with small tasks, such as walking up stairs or getting out of the car. I could barely lift a gallon of milk without having back pain."
Stover assumed she had a back injury, but her GBMC physical therapist, Emily Wood, diagnosed her with a rotated pelvis. Wood assisted Stover through stretches, weightlifting and balancing activities that gradually rebuilt her strength and realigned her pelvis.
"My therapist set specific, realistic goals that aligned with my personal expectations," Stover said. "Slowly, the pain lessened and I could go up and down steps without having a death grip on the railing."
Prior to her six weeks of treatment, Stover worried that she might never be able to resume playing sports. Six months later, having continued to build her strength at the gym, she has returned to broomball, and completed a 5K fundraising run last year.
"The Center for Rehabilitation Medicine really made me feel like I mattered. The therapist worked directly with me, not with three to four other patients at the same time," Stover said. "The people [are] what made the difference for me: from the front desk staff, the interns helping with my warm-up exercises, to my actual therapist. They were the reasons that I came back."