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Terry — Physical Therapy Patient Story​

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Never one to shy away from a challenge, Terry, 60, has always put maximum effort into anything he set out to do. A lifelong athlete, Terry plays basketball and tennis, and participates in bodybuilding. He attributes his back problems to overuse since he has always played sports at a high level.

In November 2015, Terry had two coflex devices implanted to keep his spinal column stable after surgical decompression; in lieu of having the vertebrae fused, which can limit movement. Two weeks after surgery, Terry started physical therapy at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services’ Butler - Pullman Square location.

“I’ve always been an overachiever with my exercises so I quickly learned that I needed to tone it down during rehab or I wouldn’t recover properly,” said Terry. “My physical therapist, Lynn, was very supportive and great to work with. I can be stubborn and expect a lot out of myself so Lynn helped manage my expectations and kept me on a good road to recovery.”

Terry is happy with the results of his back surgery and he’s already begun lifting weights again, just three months after surgery.

“I’ve lived with pain my entire life because I’ve always pushed myself hard in sports, but that pain always went away,” said Terry. “Recovery is slower as I age but I’m determined to get back to my old self again, minus the chronic back pain. The therapy at CRS has really helped with that.”

Read more about the physical therapy program at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services.