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​Physical Therapy Patient Stories

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Bill: Physical Therapy

A man with gray hair and a gray moustache stands in a room next to a wall of artwork while holding a ceramic vase.

After living with back pain for more than 30 years, Bill decided to deal with it once and for all. His primary care physician recommended UPMC Centers for Rehab Services and soon after, became a patient at UPMC CRS Erie – North East. Bill worked with Physical Therapist Scott Wozniak, who was quick to pinpoint and explain the reason for Bill’s back pain.

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Cara: Physical Therapy

Cara Lyons

While crossing the street to get to class one day, Cara, a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, was struck by a car in the crosswalk. Although she was disoriented at first, she shook it off thinking she was fine. When she stood up, she had severe pain shooting through her foot and ankle. Thankfully her roommate was nearby and was able to help her.

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Doug: Physical Therapy

For three years, Butler resident Doug, 54, was plagued by knee problems. He tried conservative treatments like anti-inflammatories and steroid injections. He also sought physical therapy from a local provider.

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Karen: Physical Therapy

Image of Karen on motorcycle.

After having surgery to repair her torn rotator cuff and address her biceps tendonitis, Karen’s orthopaedic surgeon referred her to UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, where she became a patient at UPMC CRS – Allison Park. Karen worked with physical therapist Brian Caricato, who her personal training students recommended. Brian prescribed functional exercises to help her ride her motorcycle again.

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Kim: Physical Therapy

Image of Kim Robinson.

After living with chronic pain for more than two decades, Kim finally found relief at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services – Penn Hills. Learn about her journey in PT with Emily, plus her continued success with targeted exercises at home.

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Matt: Physical Therapy

Image of Matt celebrating at competition.

Matt loves to run – so much so that in August of 2020 he ran 21 marathons in 21 days. While the challenge was a success, he came out of it having injured his right Achilles tendon. A neighbor recommended he see Brian Caricato, PT, DPT, OCS, at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services – Allison Park. Find out how Matt and Brian worked together to get Matt running again.

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Melinda: Physical Therapy

Melinda Patient Story

After a motorcycle accident, hospital physicians gave Melinda a 5% chance of walking again. With help from the physical therapists at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Seneca, Melinda can now walk with straight leg braces for over 200 feet.

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Vincent: Physical Therapy

After a fractured back left him unable to do yardwork or play with his grandchildren, Vincent decided it was time to do something about his pain. Vincent heard about UPMC Centers for Rehab Services from his physician and soon after, became a patient at UPMC CRS Erie. Vincent worked with Physical Therapist Chris Payne, who was always diligent to find the right program specific to Vincent’s back issues.

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