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Success Story!!!

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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Paige Hacker PT, DPT, OCS

Paige is a Physical Therapist at our Shinnston location and has been working with Mountain State for 5 years. More about Paige!

1. What is your favorite movie or show?

My favorite movie is Coach Carter, and my favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy!

2. What is your favorite type of music/artist?

I enjoy most genres of music, but I especially like county…. Luke Combs is my favorite!

3. What is your least favorite chore?

Doing the dishes… thank goodness for dishwashers!

4. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Loud obnoxious chewing and noises.

5. What is your favorite thing about West Virginia?

Where to begin… the people, the culture, the scenery, and WVU basketball! Let’s go Mountaineers!

6. What patients do you like to treat and why are they your favorite?

I enjoy treating most conditions and populations from geriatrics to pediatrics, but I especially love working with athletes. In high school, I severely sprained my ankle and went through several months of physical therapy to return to sport. I instantly fell in love with the profession and knew this is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. There is something a little extra special about helping an athlete return to sport and overcome the emotional and physical obstacles of an injury.
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Get to know Ben Ray PT, DPT, OCS.

Ben is a Physical Therapist and Clinical Director at our Weston location and has been serving Mountain State for 5 years. Before schooling, Ben served as an Army Ranger for 6 years and obtained his degree afterwards! Other fun facts about Ben:

*What superpower would you want if you were able to have one?

The ability to fly over potholes. (We can all relate to this one)

*Who is your favorite artist or band?

Chris Stapleton

*What is your favorite thing about West Virginia?

The rural nature of the state. I love the holes, forests, rivers, and everything they allow us to explore and live off of.

*What patients do you like to treat and why?

Patients with spine disorders. I believe what we do with our hands, corrective individual exercise programs, and other tools at our disposal is what is most important to improve their experience long-term.
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