Ann Schaeffer – May 2019

Congratulations to Ann Schaeffer – she has been named 3DPT patient of the month for May. Ann has a great story – she is a dog walker and in late 2018 she tripped and fractured her arm right up near her shoulder joint and suffered a shoulder dislocation. She had surgery 3 days later and soon after that began her physical therapy journey. Ann has endured countless sessions of all kinds of torture with Jeff to help her get the mobility and strength back in her arm.  Ann shows up every session with a smile on her face and a great attitude – she is always willing to do whatever we ask her and has really dedicated herself to achieving a great outcome. 

Ann Schaeffer3DPT: Tell us about your injury that brought you to physical therapy and how it affected your life/lifestyle.

Ann: I am a dog walker and one day in November last year I was out walking Rosie and Harry like I’ve done many times before. Rosie thought it would be fun to charge after a cat (who by the way lives with her). I must have had the leash wrapped around my left wrist and when she bolted, I went down. Luckily my phone was in my right pocket and while lying flat on my stomach, I was able to call for help. The dogs ran away and I was more worried about them than myself!  But before the ambulance arrived, the dogs both came back and laid beside of me.  I ended up fracturing my arm right near the shoulder joint and suffered a shoulder dislocation, which required surgery.   I started physical therapy at 3DPT soon after!

3DPT: Among the countless sessions of all kinds of torture with Jeff (to help get your mobility and strength back in your arm of course), What “torture” is the absolute worst?

Ann: I don’t know if I would call it torture, but the most painful part of therapy is when I we stretch my arm behind my back. I realize though that if I want to regain movement, it must be done.

3DPT: Have there been any satisfying moments during your physical therapy process?

Ann: One of the most satisfying moments is to see the progression of my arm “climbing the skeleton” – basically reaching to different parts of the demo skeleton in the clinic.  When I first started therapy, I could only lift my arm to the lower femur, and now I can reach almost to the top of his skull.

Also coming in each time and seeing the two receptionists who greet patients with a smile every day. They are superb along with the PT Aides who bring the heat and ice packs. I cannot leave out the Physical Therapists. They all work very hard to improve their patients’ lives.

3DPT: What is your favorite type of dog?

Ann: I don’t have a favorite dog. I’ve had a Collie, Dalmatian, and Greyhound. We are now watching our son’s dog, who is a rescue, while he is stationed in Germany.

3DPT: What is the one thing you are looking forward to being able to do that you can’t yet do at this point?

Ann: I am looking forward to the day I can style my hair. I’m almost there so I just have to keep up with my exercises.

3DPT: What advice do you have for someone who is going through a similar situation that you are?

Ann: My surgeon told me after placing a plate and screws in my shoulder that it could possibly take up to a year to recover. I am at the halfway mark and will continue to work hard and do my exercises.  I would tell others to stick with their therapy plan even if it seems like a long, hard road.