I can once again ride a bicycle, hike, line dance, and even play racquet sports.
I have had the misfortune to require multiple back surgeries, and have also dealt with numerous sprains and knee injuries. Now, at age 64, I am pleased to say that even after these debilitating events I have been able to fully recover without surgery, thanks to my rehab experience at Blue Ridge Physical Therapy.
My most recent knee injury was a complete ACL rupture that left me so unstable that I was unable to walk down stairs, across my lawn, or any less than perfectly even surface without the very real risk of a fall.
With the help of Dr. Contryman and her staff, and after 6 months of intensive therapy, I have regained my pre-injury strength and stability. I can once again ride a bicycle, hike, line dance, and even play racquet sports. Dr. Contryman and the professional and caring staff at Blue Ridge Physical Therapy made it possible for me to get my life back again.
- Cyndy M.
I can use my arm and shoulder again to do the things I need to do.
From the first day, till today 2/16/16, I’m very pleased with the therapy I have received here at Blue Ridge. Dr. Kim and the staff have been very helpful and concerned with my ability to use my arm and shoulder again to do the things I need to do. I will ever be grateful and thankful to you Kim, Andy, Ryan, Walker, Nikki, and Linda.
Thank you all! Your expertise rates #1!
- Herbert P.
I was hoping for the best and the best is what I received.
When I first came to Blue Ridge I was hoping for the best and the best is what I received. I could really not bear weight on my left ankle and had very poor movement from side to side. But now I have more mobility and can bear weight better. But the best part was the people. They were professional, helpful, and treated me like a real person. I was not just another patient. While I am still working on my ankle at home, I would come back here if I have to have surgery. I would recommend them to anyone. I always felt welcomed and received excellent treatment.
- Kim B.
Sessions at Blue Ridge PT have slowed the ill effects and have kept me physically as well as mentally active.
In 1997, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The effects of the condition were held in check, largely with medications, until about 2007. It was then that my wife and I noticed serious balance issues. Posture and strength weaknesses were likewise encountered. Sessions at Blue Ridge PT have slowed the ill effects and have kept me physically as well as mentally active.
- Robert W.
I enjoyed working with the whole staff and found it enjoyable to work with PT students.
For my third visit to Blue Ridge Physical Therapy, I came after meniscus surgery. I was not able to walk successfully without a lot of pain. I worked for 4 or 5 weeks with the staff here gaining strength and endurance and some agility. I will, however, never be graceful. I enjoyed working with the whole staff and found it enjoyable to work with PT students. But I couldn’t keep those penguins out of the water! Obviously I like it here.
- Ethel G.
I feel like my life has been given back to me.
When I first came to Blue Ridge, I had been told by a neurologist that I would never walk again because of a cancer drug. It had burnt the muscles and nerves in my legs. I was unable to get into the shower or put my legs into the bed by myself. My legs were dead weight.
Immediately, Dr. Kim and her staff got the swelling out of my legs and began exercises to strengthen my arms and legs. I eventually began to move myself from place to place.
Dr. Kim’s next move was to start me using a walker. She and her staff were very patient, and it became a reality. I could now get around the house and could do the dishes, laundry and help clean our house. I could go to church and shopping.
Dr. Kim had me fitted with braces and they started me using a cane. It was extremely helpful to walk naturally instead of flat-footed. Now they are working with me on walking without a cane. I feel like my life has been given back to me.
I am most thankful that I was sent to Dr. Kim Contryman and her staff. They are the best in knowing what to do and giving individual patient support.
- Joanne S.
I have come such a long way since my accident and look forward to seeing just how far I can go with their help.
In May of 2014, I had an accident and sustained a spinal cord injury. I was in four different hospitals for over four months. When I first came to Blue Ridge Physical Therapy, I was in a wheelchair, not walking at all, with only a very slight movement in my right foot. The staff here has worked diligently with me and I am now walking with a walker. They have helped me strengthen my legs enough to where I can climb stairs, climb up on my tractor and do some of the farming I was doing before the accident. I also have gotten hand controls on my truck and I am back on the road. I can’t say enough about Blue Ridge. They have helped me achieve goals that I had doubts were even possible and would come up with specific exercises to help me achieve them. They make time for you and are always available to help and encourage. I have come such a long way since my accident and look forward to seeing just how far I can go with their help.
- Douglas D.
Now, I have little to no pain and get to go back to CrossFit.
Before coming to PT, I had difficulty driving, writing, and carrying objects. Now, I have little to no pain and get to go back to CrossFit. I have loved coming here and enjoyed working with everyone. I felt so welcomed and will miss coming back!
- Jill B.
I have stopped taking meloxicam. Back to my normal schedule.
When I first came here, I was suffering from extreme low back pain. It was so intense I could not sleep and trying to do my daily work duties was extremely difficult. Getting in and out of my car, or putting on my shoes was very painful. Now I am pain-free. I have stopped taking meloxicam. Back to my normal schedule.
- John H.
I can now walk through a grocery store, do my job, plant flowers, and clean my house without pain.
I suffered with upper back pain for at least 5 years. I suffered with what I thought was hip pain for years. Dr. Kim diagnosed lower back pain into the hip and neck pain for the upper back. She was right on the money. Because I waited so long to seek help, it took 8 months of hard work to correct. Stan, Jamie, Chris, Sharon, and Dalynn work like a well-oiled machine. It took all of them to set me free from pain. I can now walk through a grocery store, do my job, plant flowers, and clean my house without pain.
- Wendy A.
Something I thought would be impossible, I was able to accomplish.
I had an awesome experience working with Blue Ridge Physical Therapy, they really helped me. For months before coming here I couldn’t move my second, third, or fourth toes. I was always in pain.
My 1st day here I couldn’t believe they wanted me to pick up marbles with my toes lol. Something I thought would be impossible, I was able to accomplish. Doing the alphabet on a band with my foot wasn’t an easy task as well, but that too I accomplished.
I want to thank Blue Ridge with all my heart.
- Monique A.
Every visit led to improvement and by the last visit I am completely free of pain.
I started having pain in my right leg, calf area. The pain worsened to the point I could not walk on my leg. I saw an orthopedic who diagnosed calf strain, gave me crutches, and recommended PT. I knew I wanted to use Blue Ridge PT due to my familiarity with Dr. Kim and my daughter has been a patient before. I was unable to walk on my leg, having moderate to severe pain all the time, and had been placed off work. After just one visit, I was starting to see improvement. I soon decreased my use with the crutches and was able to return to work in two weeks. Every visit led to improvement and by the last visit, I am completely free of pain. My goals have been met and I am able to return to all of my previous activities including hiking! A huge thank you to all the staff who have been incredibly wonderful!! I know I would not have had this improvement without you;
- Shanna G.
Simple walking was painful, but now I am able to walk without limping.
I came to Blue Ridge limping on my left foot after entering it in spending five months in a boot. Simple walking was painful. Dr. Kim gave me her undivided attention, listening and evaluating movement. Stan added exercises and very quickly I was able to walk without limping.
Due to insurance constraints, I have to discontinue therapy now, but I am worlds better. I am able to walk or exercise for about 20 minutes, a huge improvement. The staff has been wonderful, listening carefully, and always evaluating. I feel cared for! Thanks to all.
Without the help of Dr. Kim, Stan, Chris, and all the stuff, I don’t think I would be this far along so quickly.
- Shirley R.
They taught me exercises I can continue to do to prevent future overuse injury to my hip.
My right hip began hurting and swelling after months of aerial arts classes, so I decided to take time to rest. After 2 months of low activity, the day to day pain subsided, but I found it would flare up any time I did squats, rowing, or yoga. I came to Blue Ridge and was quickly assessed and given a treatment plan. 4 weeks later I’m entirely pain-free and feel much stronger! Kim, Stan, and the rest of the staff were always welcoming and extremely helpful during my PT visits. They taught me exercises I can continue to do to prevent future overuse injury to my hip. I couldn’t be any happier with my experience at Blue Ridge Physical Therapy. Thanks for getting me back to my normal exercise plan pain-free!
- Andrea G.
The staff has enabled me and my new knee to enjoy moving again!
My experience has gone from “moaning and groaning” with tears in my eyes to smiles and happiness at being able to walk again. I could not take pain meds and the staff has been phenomenal. They are encouraging, and the methods they use gets the job done. We even went outside to walk the steps – it worked! I had trouble making one turn on the bike and now I am ready for competition! My balance has improved immensely by “staring down the staff.” The staff has enabled me and my new knee to enjoy moving again! Many thanks!
- Dottie W.
After the second week, I was back to swimming and biking.
I replaced some flooring in my basement which was hard on my back, but I thought I was okay. Then I popped my left SI joint out pushing a door open and my back went into spasms. I could not walk without pain and sleeping was impossible.
Kim fit me in immediately and started treatment. I came every day for 2 weeks. After the first week, I was able to sleep soundly and walk carefully without pain. After the second week, I was back to swimming and biking. Yesterday, I completed a 7-mile hike!
Stan was my PT throughout and did a fantastic job of treating the injury and setting appropriate expectations. I am so grateful for everything BRPT has done for me over the years.
- Janine P.
The people here at Blue Ridge PT are not just staff here. They have become family.
When I walked into PT of September 21, 2018, I had trouble walking for a long period of time. My legs hurt all the time. They would bust open at night. I would have to use a motorized cart.
Now I can walk a long time with no pain in my legs. My legs haven’t busted open. It is easier to get my pants over my legs. I don’t use a motorized cart anymore.
The people here at Blue Ridge PT are not just staff here. They have become family. If I need PT in the future, I will definitely come back.
- Misty S.