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IRENE'S STORY

Irene is the Co-owner of LiquidGym Canada. Irene has her own story about knee replacements. After a history back to the late 1970’s,  Irene had meniscus and ACL surgery twice due to a basketball injury. Since that time osteoarthritis took hold. Over the years, the joint pain, stiffness and life changes were taking shape. From being an active volleyball player, cross country skiing, running/walking marathons, cycling, Irene had to pull back all activities as movement became more difficult.

Finally the decision was made to have total knee joint replacement in early 2017. The surgery was a great success for the first 11 months. Unfortunately something changed. An infection set in and  Irene required four more surgeries to deal with the infection. On March 31, 2021 Irene had a full second knee replacement and is now on the recovery path.

Her recovery includes physiotherapy with Drew at LiquidGym – this includes joint mobilizations, soft tissue work & proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitations to progress her range of motion, strength and balance. Irene is also working with Nathaniel at LiquidGym  for massage therapy to release the spasms in  many areas that have tightened up due to the  many months of braces and lack of physical movement.

In addition, Irene’s surgeon recommended using the Game Ready Ice and Compression system to reduce inflammation and joint swelling that was recommended by her surgeon. This system has helped greatly as an integrated care system for post surgical recovery.

All in all, this multi pronged approach has helped in gaining back the range of motion and overall movement. There is still work to be done by Irene for strength and balance but the next few months will bring all of these back as the knee heals.

IRENE
Physiotherapy Patient
Massage Therapy Patient

CHRISTINE'S STORY

Christine, 43 year old female, came in looking to receive Athletic Therapy services for a chronic left side hamstring injury that she has been dealing with off and on for 4 years. She is an avid long-distance runner and tennis player. She has tried other therapies with some success only to have her pain return. Her assessment results showed that the reasoning for her Left hamstring pain was actually due to joint restrictions in her right pelvis and glute weakness on the left.

Our focus with our first few sessions was to improve her pelvic mobility, increase the length of her hip flexors on the right side, glute strengthening bilaterally with a stronger focus on the left, improving core strength and correcting her running mechanics. We achieved this with a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and a home program of flexibility and strength training. 4 weeks into her rehab program, she had her first successful 5 km run with no hamstring pain. We started to increase the difficulty level of her exercises with a goal of increasing the muscular endurance of the lower body to accommodate longer runs. 6 months after starting her rehab program the client was happy to report that she no longer experienced pain when running long distances or during any other activities.

This client continues to attend LiquidGym once a month for exercise progression and re-assessments as a form of maintenance so she can continue to participate in her activities with less worry of reoccurrence.

CHRISTINE
Athletic Therapy Patient

AUDREY'S STORY

Audrey is a 59 year old woman who had a traumatic tibial plateau fracture in August 2020 following a bike accident. She had surgery where 3 plates and 13 pins were placed in her leg. She was initially immobilized for 4 weeks and non weight bearing for 13 weeks. Audrey came to LiquidGym for her initial assessment 7 weeks post injury. At that time, she had swelling, pain, used a wheelchair for mobility. Due to her lack of movement the surgeon was anticipating another surgery if she did not get to 90 degrees of flexion. Audrey was very diligent with her home exercise program and consistent with her hydrotherapy appointments 2-3x/week. She gradually progressed and is currently up to 109 degrees of knee flexion which resulted in her being able to avoid another surgery.

Once she received clearance from the surgeon to start partial weight bearing, her mobility has also significantly improved. Due to the buoyancy of the water unloading her to only 20% of her body weight, she was able to start walking and standing exercises earlier then she could have on land. Audrey is doing very well and continues to progress with less pain and swelling, improved range of motion, improved strength, and improved mobility. Audrey has added land treatments using the AlterG Antigravity treadmill and as also progressed to the PowerPress Leg Machine. Keep up the great work, Audrey!

AUDREY
Physiotherapy Patient

ROBERT'S STORY

On July 19, 2009 Robert Wein was out for a bike ride, roughly 2 hours into it the group he was riding with was hit by a minivan (https://tinyurl.com/Robert-Wein-Crash).  He was injured, suffering physical damage, but what was the most significant was the Acquired Brain Injury that he’d sustained.  He was in a coma (initially natural for roughly 2 weeks, but induced for 7 additional).   The week before the crash, he’d completed a triathlon (his 7th), the month before he’d ridden The Rideau Lakes ride (Ottawa <-> Kingston, on bicycle), and run 4 half-marathons.

When Robert began with LiquidGym, he thought that pretty much all was lost, because he was unable to do nearly everything that he’d done before.  However, the physiotherapist to whom he was first assigned gave him an exercise to do, he said “I can’t do that”, she said “let’s try it, as opposed to talking about it”.  He learned that when he said “I can’t” it was because he was thinking of his pre-crash self, thought of his challenges, and assumed.  His physiotherapist quickly helped him understand the difference between “I can’t”, and “I won’t”. Robert soon learned, no matter what his physio asked him to do it could improve his post-crash body. As you can see from the videos of Robert during his current physio sessions he has taken on the mantra “I CAN”.

ROBERT (written by Robert)
Physiotherapy Patient

19 YEAR OLD FEMALE GUNSHOT RECOVERY STORY

19yr old Female patient recovering from an Oct 2018 gunshot wound to her left lower leg. She has gone through 8 surgeries involving skin grafts, insertion of metal plates & screws and extensive rehabilitation. Her final surgery was in August 2020 to remove the metal plates & screws from her left lower leg.

In December 2020 she returned to LiquidGym to begin the final stage of her rehabilitation. On examination she had a left sided limp, reduced left hip & knee range of motion, reduced strength throughout her left leg and poor balance on her left side. Our initial goal was to restore her gait mechanics. This was achieved through manual therapies/mobs, targeted exercises and using our Atler G anti-gravity treadmill. Once her gait mechanics were restored, we were able to further progress her mobility, strengthening and balance work.

She has made significant progressions in her rehab and continues to exceed expectations and challenge herself each day. This winter she started cross country skiing, this spring she was able to for her fist run in two and half years. Next winter she a is aiming to get back to snowboarding. She reported that “for the first time since before the accident I feel like I have a normal leg.”

Physiotherapy Patient

EMEKA'S STORY

Emeka, 51 year old male, came in seeking Athletic Therapy treatment 14 weeks post-surgery for a right knee quads tendon rupture playing tennis. His goals included increasing the strength of his lower body, improving his balance, core strength and returning to sport. Initial assessment findings showed a decrease in glute strength, balance, atrophied quadriceps muscle and strength imbalances between left and right quadriceps muscles.

Our strengthening program involved developing the strength of the smaller stabilizing muscles around the hips and knees first to create better stability and alignment with functional movements. We also focused on eccentric strength of the quads to help develop more tensile strength to the repaired quads tendon and muscle. Once we developed a good base strength, we slowly started to progress into plyometric training to work on the explosive movements needed for tennis.

12 weeks into our program this athlete returned to the tennis court for the first time to try hitting some balls with success. 16 weeks since starting with LiquidGym and 9 months post-surgery he successfully participated in his first competitive game of tennis. We continue to work towards new goals with a constant drive to keep improving his skills and abilities.

EMEKA
Athletic Therapy Patient

KATHY'S STORY

Kathy is 57 years old and has an active job in a long-term care centre. In 2019, she began to experience knee and hip pain, and over time, it grew worse. In April 2020, Kathy was in so much pain that she went to the emergency department at her local hospital. Physicians admitted Kathy to hospital, with a diagnosis of osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and unstable type 2 diabetes mellitus.[1]

After Kathy was discharged from the hospital, she was able to control her diabetes. But her right hip and knee remained so sore that she used a cane to walk. At night, Kathy dreaded the trip up the stairs to bed so much that she often slept on the couch. Kathy’s pain also affected her work and she struggled to do her job. Many of Kathy’s workplace duties required her to walk while carrying objects, which she found difficult to do while using a cane.

In December 2020, Kathy started physiotherapy sessions at LiquidGym. During the initial assessment, the physiotherapist determined that Kathy’s hip OA had flared up. As a result, Kathy developed poor movement patterns, which caused her knee pain to worsen.

Most activities on land caused Kathy pain, so her physiotherapist started with weekly sessions in the water. Together, they worked on strengthening Kathy’s legs and core, using the therapeutic properties of water to reduce the chance of pain. The physiotherapist also assigned Kathy a home exercise program, aimed at pain-free strengthening and stretching on land.

Kathy started improving quickly. Soon, she could comfortably use the treadmill and exercise bike in the pool. Within three weeks of physiotherapy, Kathy no longer required a cane to walk. By the sixth week, she was able to go on regular walks with her family. After eight weeks, Kathy was pain-free during her walks, at work, and while going up and down stairs (which she has mastered). As of early 2021, Kathy is strong enough to consider participating in a “tough girl” five-kilometre, obstacle-course competition in the summer (depending on pandemic restrictions).

At the time of this writing, Kathy is attending physiotherapy every two weeks. The goal is to help her remain pain free while she gradually pushes her activity level on her own. She reports that she has not “…felt this amazing in the last seven years!”

Kathy will soon be strong enough to be safely discharged from physiotherapy treatment so she can continue training independently or with a personal trainer.

KATHY
Physiotherapy Patient

HALIA'S STORY

LiquidGym has helped me with my knee issues tremendously!
Gavin Parsons, the physiotherapist, who works with me gently guides me in various strengthening exercises.

When I started at the end of December, I had regular pain and was not very mobile. Today I rarely ever have pain, I walk outdoors and gain strength with each physio session. In a month and a half, Gavin’s professionalism has helped me improve step by step.

Due to the buoyancy of the warm water, I can run on the treadmill and move freely I highly recommend LiquidGym to anyone who is suffering from any mobility and pain issues! I am very grateful that we have such a facility here in Ottawa. Thank you!

HALIA (written by Halia)
Physiotherapy Patient

RIMA’S STORY

Rima is a 28 year old woman who came to LG with complaints of significant low back pain that was a constant 6-7/10 intensity and intermittent bilateral thigh pain. Pain was worse in the mornings, with bending, lifting, twisting, and with any prolonged sitting. She walked with a limp and had a significant loss of spinal range of motion and had to go on modified duties at work.
Rima was given a home exercise program at her assessment that she performed daily as well as education on proper posture.

At her first follow up appointment, her pain had significantly reduced to an intermittent 0- 4/10 intensity, only feeling pain with bending or sitting too long, and she was no longer walking with a limp. At her second follow up appointment, Rima no longer complained of any pain. Rima will continue physiotherapy appointments once a week for 2 more weeks to continue to build her core strength and develop a home exercise program to reduce the change of a re-occurrence in the future.

RIMA
Physiotherapy Patient 

KEITH’S STORY

“If you want to feel better about yourself and your life, come to the LiquidGym.” – Keith, LiquidGym patient and gym member, spinal cord injury survivor. Keith is a physiotherapy patient and gym member at LiquidGym. In the video, he talks about his treatment and how he is able to walk after coming for physiotherapy and also using the treadmill as a gym member. Video courtesy of Ben Favrin, Television Broadcasting Program, Algonquin College.

KEITH
Physiotherapy Patient and Gym Member

STRUGGLED WITH WEIGHT ISSUES AND ARTHRITIS FOR SEVERAL YEARS

My son gave me a LiquidGym gift card for Christmas and so I started in January using the underwater treadmills. Having struggled with weight issues and arthritis for several years, I had been moving less and less but was in more and more pain. Going to LiquidGym I started moving more and more and was in pain less and less. In February I started a weekly treadmill basics class and by March was taking two classes a week and had progressed from the basics to the conditioning class. I was running again, underwater yes, but still I was running and hopping and jumping! Fast forward a few more months of classes, to mid-July, when I was walking my dog in the greenbelt. I had parked my car on the side of a four lane (80 km) roadway to access the trails. On the walk back to the car my Chihuahua did something she has never done before, and will never have the opportunity to do again. She trotted ahead of me toward the highway putting more and more distance between us. The faster I moved the more she sped up and no amount of shouting or coaxing could make her stop. When she was almost at the road I broke into a full run for over 100 feet and then managed to traverse a ditch just in time to run out and scoop her off the right lane as several vehicles were bearing down on her. How I was able to do that, without falling, is attributable to my classes at LiquidGym where I was encouraged to run and was taught the proper form. LiquidGym got me to the point that I was able to run on land when I had to, and not only helped me to save my dog’s life, it’s been helping me to save my own.

JUDY
Gym Member

I TELL EVERYONE I MEET ABOUT LIQUIDGYM!

LiquidGym therapy has helped me so much in the short time I have been using it. My legs are moving so much better and I know it can’t clear my back because of the damage in it but I sure know I move better. Thanks also to the wonderful people that work there; they are so caring and help in every way they can. I tell everyone I meet about LiquidGym! Thank you so much!

MOLLIE
Gym Member

SO GRATEFUL FOR THIS FACILITY

LiquidGym has given me the opportunity to keep my fitness levels up while I am unable to run due to an injury. I am so grateful for this facility and the friendly, knowledgeable people that work there. Thank you!!

Gym Member

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