I started going to ARI late last summer after I had a medial tear of the meniscal root. I had hoped to avoid surgery, but I soon realized that I wasn’t able to have the active lifestyle I had prior to my injury. Brandi worked with me pre-surgery to help me strengthen my quad and hamstring so that my recovery would be a little easier. I had surgery in early January and began post-surgery PT immediately after. I was totally non-weight bearing for 6 weeks then gradually worked my way back to being fully weight bearing.
Brandi did a great job of helping me not only regain my strength to a functional level but also to get my range of motion to a functional level. I reached my therapy goals very quickly; less than 6 weeks after I started walking again, I was released from physical therapy.
Brandi did a great job of getting me back to my active lifestyle. I am back to leading group fitness classes at Everbody’s and doing all the things I love to do. When I saw my surgeon for my 12 week post-op appointment, she was amazed at what I was able to do. At that point I was already spinning for 60 minutes; Dr. Lee said that all of her patients who had had this surgery were, at that point, still struggling to go up and down stairs.
Brandi was also a great sounding board when I would get frustrated, when I felt like I wasn’t progressing fast enough. She reminded me that physical therapy isn’t the best time to be an over-achiever. She pushed me to do the most I could do without letting me more than I should do.
I’m thrilled with the outcome of my surgery. It didn’t come without a lot of work and pain, but having Brandi by my side every step of the way made it so much better. My husband refers to Brandi as “the devil.” I prefer to refer to her as my PT angel.