As we were walking through our almost rural neighborhood, I noticed that I was bending forward more and more and my back was starting to hurt. It got worse. And when I went for my annual physical, my primary care provider suggested physical therapy.
Having a really strong desire to fix my awkward walking that made me look like more of an old man than I actually am, I readily agreed to go. I was hesitant at first not knowing what to expect.
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel where this can be fixed. Our below zero weather with a horrendous windchill has kept me from any real deep walks, but I'm noticing improvements.
Walking through the doors of Orthopedic Rehab Specialists in Holt here's what I found. My concerns about being judged for my age and my lack of physical fitness were unfounded. The physical therapists and their aides are really up people.
My main PT is Aaron Holly, a fortyish health care provider, who has been very patient with me and forthcoming about challenges that I might face. Then there's Joanna, a PT who has been always up and encouraging and very willing to explain what she's doing.
I get a special t-shirt when I "graduate" from my PT treatment. I'll wear it with pride and as a reminder that I can slow down this aging thing. I have to keep up the effort.