It was Christmas Day. I was more than halfway through an intersection on a green light. A car made a left turn, right into me. Almost hit me head-on. I didn't even see it coming. I just knew that I was crossing the street and all of a sudden, just wham. The one thing I remember is that my head went way back and then went way forward. It just jerked. I mean, that is just blazoned in my mind.
Just a little on the job accident. One morning, I was on the side of a hill. Over-corrected. My hamstring just balled up and popped.
I like to run a long distance, which is ultra running. That means usually longer than 26 miles for a race. That obviously stresses that body differently than shorter races. Maintaining your legs, obviously, is very important when you like to run those kind of distances. Then, at one point, I had a knee that just was bothering me too much. Went to a lot of different people. They tried to help me out. They were all trying to fix the symptom, as opposed to the problem.
I had vertigo. It was just lasting for days. It was to the point that it was like, "This is not safe. I need to get something done about it." When I went to my physician, that's when they suggested coming and having the physical therapy. He said, "I know what kind it is. It's where these little ball things are accumulated somewhere back behind your ear area in your head. They're in this one little pocket. Sometimes they move outward." They come in and they do the physical therapy. The first and only, well I came back two more times just to make sure everything was good, but the first time that they did it, with the therapy, it was gone. I haven't had it since.
I had been seeing a neurologist for migraine headaches and had taken a ton of powerful medications. A lot of them made me feel really bad. I got nine pills a month, is all the doctor would prescribe. Sometimes, I'd have 20 headaches a month. I had to determine how bad my headache was, one day, as to whether or not to begin to take my pills.
Most of the times when I've gone to physical therapy, it's isolated, where I've been. You go into, it's not a big open room. You go into one room with the little doctor's bench and everything like that, like you're going to get blood work done. Everybody looked like they worked like such a good team. Just they passed off things so flawlessly to everybody else. If somebody had to do something over here, but they were working with me, Joe would be like, "Hey, Bree, I'm running off to this side. Can you catch this?" She'd be right over, helping me out.
I've been hurt so many times in the sports range. Gone to physical therapy so many times. It was like, "This would be an amazing thing to try."
When I came to Results Physiotherapy, I met Matt Hayes. He was trying to see why my mechanics were failing and things like that. He actually was able to say, "Well, it's not your knee that's the problem. It's the other parts that contribute to that. We're able to pinpoint exactly what that problem was." That is when I really had a revival in my running. I haven't had really injuries that much since, once we figured that kind of stuff out.
Everyone was so helpful. Everyone was so concerned. There really was this feeling of concern and, "We're going to get you better. We're going to get you back on track."
They get to help people out and all that. They told me at the [Hendersfull 00:03:46] clinic, "Yeah, actually one of our techs is leaving. If you needed a place to look for a job, you can put in your application." By the end of the day, I was down at the library, printing off my resume.
If I could say anything to anybody that's struggling with headaches, whether it's migraine headaches or just chronic headaches. It really impacted the quality of my life. It changed the way I do things.
One thing I really appreciated about my physical therapist. I think he recognized the concern that I had. He said, "Don't worry. I am going to work on those muscles and we're going to target them. We're going to get them stronger." He said, "Because they have turned off and all the other muscles in your neck now are working. That's why you're so stiff." It was reassuring to me to understand what was going on. I just felt like from that point, I felt like I could really trust him.
When you come in, everyone will speak to you all day long. During the day, they'll ask you how you're doing. They're very concerned about you and your life. Not just the fact that you're there for the treatment. You're there and they want to know all about you and encourage you. They're so encouraging. You know that they're truly genuine. I went back to my surgeon like two weeks. He thought I was doing fabulous. Then, I think I went back again in three more weeks. He was very, very pleased with my progress, and so was I.
Wouldn't it be nice not to have surgery? Which means, you're not at that point. Is it really that bad to go to somebody and prevent surgery? That's where, I don't want to have knee surgery. I don't want to have hip surgery. I don't want other things. I'd rather trust experts to tell me what I should do. If all you did was run, and I have a lot of friends that do it, you will be injured every year. I think actually there is a statistic that says 65% of all runners are injured every year at some point. That's definitely true. I can say I've been almost five years without a real injury.
I love those people at Results. I'm sorry. They know my name. They know what's going on with me. They take care of me.