At a time when most people are celebrating the holidays and looking forward to the start of a new year, Margaret Murray was facing the aftermath of a fall and broken elbow that required surgery to put in titanium plates in December 2019.
When the occupational therapy provider Margaret was seeing stopped taking her Medicare Advantage plan at the beginning 2020, Margaret switched to ARC Physical Therapy+ and never looked back.
Margaret began working with Matt Cummings, OT/CHT, Director of the Lee’s Summit and Independence clinics and OT Fellowship Coordinator. She was very impressed with the facility and how friendly the team was, but her initial progress was slow.
Elbows are one of the most difficult joints to rehabilitate. The capsules around the elbow can tighten and are difficult to loosen because there is only one plane of motion to address, versus a joint like the shoulder which has three.
Margaret stuck with the program Matt laid out, and after a couple of months, she began seeing big changes.
Matt enjoyed working with Margaret because she loved learning about the underlying science of the program and how it was designed specifically to help her recover.
Unfortunately, Margaret had to undergo a second surgery in July after developing cubital tunnel syndrome, which is the compression of the ulnar nerve in the cubital tunnel. This can sometimes occur from the initial fracture/injury, or develop over time from scar tissue that forms around the injury site.
“We noticed symptoms of this throughout Margaret’s initial healing process, and when rest and nerve glides did not dissipate symptoms, she required the second procedure to free up the nerve,” Matt said.
Margaret was really worried when she found out that she needed the second surgery, but she began diligently working with Matt again and her second round of rehab was significantly easier than her first.
“Thanks to the base we had built prior to the surgery, my progress went really fast,” Margaret said.
Margaret was able to regain full use of her arm and elbow, and even her surgeon was impressed with her results.
Margaret attributes much of her success to Matt’s encouragement.
Even though much of Margaret’s therapy took place during the COVID-19 pandemic, she said she always felt safe going to therapy.
Matt is proud of what Margaret accomplished and how hard she worked to get there.
Although her road to recovery started out with some bumps, Margaret is ultimately grateful that her insurance situation guided her to ARC Physical Therapy+.
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