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Excited to share another Mountain State PT success story!Michael Murphy is 81 years old and loves to run. Approximately one year ago, he began having constant, severe low back pain that prevented him from doing what he loved. He had difficulty running longer than 7 minutes, as well as standing longer than 30 minutes, bending forward to put on a sock or shoe, and squatting. He soon became very discouraged. In May, he began physical therapy at our Shinnston clinic under the direction of PT Kristen Maraney.Michael presented with limited low back and left hip motion, global muscle tightness, and poor core and gluteal strength. Treatment began with manual mobilizations and myofascial release to improve his low back and left hip joint mobility. He also performed spinal stabilization, core activation, and gluteal strengthening exercises. These were gradually progressed from low to high intensity as tolerated. After months of hard work and dedication, he is now able to put on his sock and shoe without issue, squat, stand for longer than 1 hour, and run three miles without stopping. He also joined his therapist on July 4th in Morgantown to run a 4 mile road race called “4 on the 4th”. Congratulations Michael! To schedule an appointment with Kristen, call our Shinnston office at 304-592-5041 or our Fairmont office at 304-363-8543.

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Another Mountain State success story! Amara Mason first arrived at our Mannington office in March of 2020 as a Senior track athlete at North Marion High School. Amara had a previous severe hamstring strain that had turned into a chronic condition called “hamstring syndrome”. The initial injury had resulted in scar tissue and sciatica, sending burning pain and numbness down her leg. Amara began treatment with Chris Moore, who is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in both Orthopedic and Sports physical therapy. Treatment consisted of neural mobilization techniques, dry needling, soft tissue massage, and strengthening of the hamstrings, glutes, and core. Initially, progress was slow, but Amara and Chris continued to work and tweak the treatment until she had returned to pain-free sprinting and running hurdles by July.
Amara is now running track at the University of Charleston where she participates in 100 meter and 400 meter hurdles and has began pole vaulting as well. Amara recently finished 5th in the 400 meter hurdles at a meet in Morgantown against numerous Division 1 track teams. Congrats Amara on your successful recovery and good luck in your track career at UC!
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