a bone in my life. I was in a lot of pain every day at that point and was terrible at using crutches, likely due in part to my fear of falling again.
I’m a very independent person and prior to my first appointment, I had been forbidden to put any weight at all on my leg for seven weeks. It took a lot of work just to get from my bed into the next room and I remained on one floor of my house, aside from going to doctors appointments.
From the first that I met with Greg about eight weeks post surgery, he did a great job at putting me at ease, which was truly no small feat. He explained that he was relatively new to Agape at that time, but seemed to conduct his preliminary evaluation thoroughly and efficiently.
During each of my subsequent sessions he helped to motivate me and keep me on track, helping me to relax enough to really focus and work on each goal. The routine Greg developed and modified for me during the subsequent 3 months saw me soon walking again, rebuilding strength and confidence in my ability.
When I “graduated” from my therapy sessions, he designed a plan for me to follow at home that has really helped me to be about 98 percent restored at this point. The bone has healed well and I’m happy to be able to do all of my normal activities. As my surgeon predicted, my tendon (which had been badly torn) will take about eighteen months to completely heal so I have a little time left to work on that, but it’s all progressing according to plan.
I’m very grateful to Greg for all of his hard work, professionalism, patience and compassion during my recovery. He always had a smile on his face and was clearly invested in my progress as well as in the progress of each of his other patients he worked with during my sessions. It takes a special kind of person to be able to help people through necessary pain to regain strength and mobility and I want your management team to know what an asset Greg VanGorden is to your company from a patient’s perspective. I would certainly recommend Agape and Greg to friends and family in need of physical therapy.”
After an hour of feeling a spinning, dizziness and nausea; my heart started racing from anxiety. Every time I tried to sit up, the symptoms became worse, so my husband took me to emergency. In the emergency room, I was told that I had vertigo. I was sent home with medication to help with the dizziness and nausea.
A week later i was feeling better but still having waves of dizziness, making every day activities difficult. I went to the doctor and was told to wait another couple of weeks to see how I was doing. In October I went for a follow up appointment and was encouraged to see an Ear, Nose, Throat doctor. The ENT doctor checked my ears and performed a hearing test, Finding everything normal. He seemed perplexed and was not sure what had caused the vertigo. It was suggested that I get a balance test at Rochester General Hospital. My balance test was scheduled for 2 weeks later in November.
Feeling discouraged, I decided to cancel the balance test and try a different route. A friend of mine suggested that I see a chiropractor. I went for a few weeks in December, but did not find any improvement and felt at a loss of what do to. Finally, I searched the Internet and read that in many cases, Physical Therapy helped improve symptoms of vertigo. In January, I went back to my doctor and told her that I wanted to see a physical therapist. I was given a referral to Agape Physical Therapy and started my first session with Rachel Koch on January 25, 2016.
After my first session with Rachel, I knew that she understood what i was going through. She was confident in how to help me and suggested that I attend physical therapy twice a week for four weeks. The sessions were intense and exhausting at times, but each week I could feel my symptoms improving. Rachel showed me various head shaking exercises to perform at home, which I was faithful in doing every day that I did not attend PT. I ended up going to PT for more than four weeks (January 25th to April 5th) but am thankful to testify that my vertigo has improved greatly. I still need to do my vertigo exercises and will continue to do so until I am free of my symptoms.”
After visiting five locations she chose the Agape at Gates location, primarily due to the office manager, Nicole Metallo. Nicole gave her a very thorough tour of the facility, explained the treatment plan fully and answered all questions. I was a little apprehensive on my first visit. Still in pain from the operation I was not looking forward to any exercise that was going to increase my pain. The physical therapist, Steve Fose, Mike Hughes, and Carrie Scharett were extremely vigilant about my pain, always asking what my pain level was and modifying my sessions to fit my needs.
I do not like doing any of the exercises, even though they are strengthening my knee, muscles and range of motion. It is work. I say I do not like to do any of the exercises, but I truthfully enjoy going to physical therapy. I enjoy going because it is a very positive experience. The upbeat approach is the result of the enthusiastic attitudes of Steve, Mike and Carrie. The therapists at Agape, Gates have the ability to take patients that are in pain and help them recover and rehabilitate, treating you on a one on one basis with constant encouragement. I am extremely happy that we choose Agape, Gates. I would unequivocally recommend these very professional and dedicated therapists to my family and friends.”
This past year, I had to have emergency surgery to repair a ruptured disc in my neck. When I was ready to begin my recovery, the first place I looked was to AGAPE. I was very pleased to find out that AJ was still at the clinic- and neck certified to boot! While AJ may have been the main reason I chose your location- I really think that Kayleigh and Ben did a FANTASTIC job with me during my visits this time around. They were extra patient, answering all my questions and pushing me to better my fitness at the same time. It was also reassuring to have Violet behind the desk to take all my calls and move some of my appointments around! I want to say thank you to the whole Brockport team for all the hard work you put in getting me better, and wish you Happy Holidays!”
I have tried to pretty much be independent in all that I do, but whenever I needed help, she was there. In addition to Emily, I also want to to compliment the entire staff at Chili Agapé PT. I initially thought that I wanted to have the same therapist the whole ti me, but I have come to learn, that altho some of the techniques differ from one another, the results are successful. They are a great team and I have been very fortunate to have spent many hours there! I hope the end is in sight for hands on PT! I am planning on signing on for another month of training on my own. Thank you all for your support!”