“While training for my second marathon, I developed severe right hip pain. I had been running about 20 miles and increased to about 35 miles. At first, the hip pain was mild, and I thought it would go away. After doing a 10 mile run with friends, I could not walk later that night. Every step was painful, and I had trouble even walking to the bathroom. My doctor took x-rays, and there was nothing broken. He gave me an anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxer. For the past two weeks, I have been working from home and was depressed. I spent most of the day searching for a diagnosis and treatments on the internet and was prepared to have surgery. I stumbled upon the Virtual Physical Therapists’ blog and thought I would give it a try since I could get an immediate appointment.
My therapists, Kate is also a runner, so I immediately felt that she could relate. She had me move my hip in different directions and compared it to my other side. She had me attempt to rest my foot on my other knee, but it was too painful. She gave me an exercise in which I put my knee on a chair and push my hip forward. She then asked me to cross my foot on my other knee…this time I could do it! I was also able to walk with less pain! She explained that I had a problem inside my joint, and this movement corrects it. I did the exercise for a couple of days, and each day, my mobility improved. After two days, I was able to walk with absolutely no pain. Two weeks later I started back to a light jog, less than a mile and today I am back to running 5 miles!
Virtual Physical Therapists was convenient. I did not even need to leave my house, and their clinicians are very knowledgable. Kate quickly focused in on what was causing my pain and got me back to being able to walk again on my first visit. I have already recommended three of my friends!”
Monique P. (Ohio)