3DPT: Tell us about your injury that brought you to physical therapy and how it affected your life/lifestyle.
Jill: After a very dramatic car accident, I was diagnosed with an occipital condyle fracture, traumatic brain injury and a SLAP tear in my shoulder. Being a Pilates instructor, and an active person in general, my life and lifestyle were flipped upside down! I was forced to become almost completely sedentary during the time that the fracture needed to heal, and then again after my shoulder surgery. My body atrophied and normal day actives (that I wouldn’t have thought twice about previously!!) were a struggle. I cannot thank the Doctors and staff of 3DPT enough for helping me get back to the best version of my post-accident self!
3DPT: How where you able to overcome your injuries while running a business and teaching Pilates?
Jill: Overcoming the physical and mental aspects of my accident was extremely difficult. I am so thankful that my family, clients and other instructors were there to support both myself and my business during this time. Being a Pilates instructor is physical work, which I was unable to do in a neck brace, and then later, sling. Since my injuries needed time to rehab, I counted on the other instructors to take care of the clients. I missed teaching but knew that being patient and giving myself time to heal correctly would get me back in the studio as soon as possible!! When I was able to get into the studio to check on things, it was so heartwarming and encouraging to see my clients still working on themselves, while sending healing vibes my way. Although concentrating was hard after the initial head injury, I was able to do some marketing and administrative work, which, thankfully, kept me busy while I was on bedrest. The post-concussion syndrome work that I did at 3DPT definitely helped get me back to being able to complete this end of owning and running my business more quickly!!
3DPT: Tell us a little about your recovery process. What was/has been the hardest part of your therapy?
Jill: The hardest part of my therapy was definitely trying to get range of motion back in my neck. After being in a hard brace for 6 weeks, I could not turn my head at all when it was taken off. I actually set up my first PT appointment for immediately after the brace was supposed to be removed. Jess made me feel at ease and comfortable, with my neck that now felt naked and extremely weak. The manual therapy done at 3DPT made a huge difference in my recovery time and range of motion.
3DPT: What advice would you give to another people who suffered similar injuries?
Jill: Please be patient and kind with yourself!!! Chances are what you’re going through is a lot different than what you’re used to, so don’t let small setbacks or frustration get in your way. You’re bigger than your injury and will be mentally and physically stronger on the other side of it!
And…. do your PT!! For real!!!
3DPT: Why would you recommend 3 Dimensional Physical Therapy?
Jill: I cannot recommend 3DPT enough (and tell all of my clients to go there!!). I felt at ease, understood, and genuinely cared for from the moment I walked in. Chuck, Jess and Allison are so knowledgeable in their field and it shows! I was comfortable working with each and every one of the doctors, and genuinely looked forward to my appointments. It is a fun, lighthearted environment that gets results!! Everyone from the receptionists, interns, and physical therapists were beyond professional but also extremely caring and encouraging. I cannot thank the 3DPT family enough for putting me back together. They are truly THE best.