The time I needed PT

I knew I wanted to be a PT since high school. But in college I actually needed Physical Therapy for knee pain. Every time I ran, the back of my knees would hurt during the run and afterward. I actually had to stop running because the knee pain made it hard for me to climb stairs. I lived on campus at King College (a small school in Bristol, TN), where I had to walk and climb stairs a lot.

So I saw a PT here in Columbia on one of my breaks from school. He showed me several exercises, and as I did them for the next weeks-months, my pain progressively decreased. However, I was afraid of the pain returning, so I stopped running completely. At the gym I did the elliptical machine instead, which did not bother my knees.

I went through the rest of college and grad school without returning to running. I did other forms of cardio but stayed off the treadmill. Several years later, I finally decided to try jogging again. Everything I learned in PT school kept me from having knee pain. I learned how to warm up, do the right stretches and avoid hurting my knees again. So now I can jog regularly without pain! I actually do the treadmill now much more than the elliptical.

All this is to say that PT works! If you have an injury or frequently painful area, find a good PT near you! But ideally, you can learn how to think like a PT now to prevent future pain.

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I am a Physical Therapist and Ergonomics Consultant, based out of Columbia, SC. My passion is to write about and speak about pain/injury prevention. I started Pain Talks as a consulting business in 2018.

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