165 Lilly Rd NE, Suite B, Olympia • 360.455-8014

Dancing in Olympia….after knee surgery? YES

Phyllis Hanks loves to dance with her partner George Haller. They are dance instructors at the Lac-A-DoHall in Olympia (website is  http://olympia-modern-western-dancing.org/OurPeople.aspx).  The problem was…she could not dance without knee pain.  It got to the point she needed to have knee surgery, and had a meniscus repair to fix her pain.

After her surgery she came to Comstock Physical Therapy for her knee rehab…and got a little better.  Progress was slow, even after quite a few PT sessions of strengthening, stretching, and range of motion exercises.  I was pretty frustrated;  here was this lovely patient frustrated as heck and progress was slow.  Then I looked up and down her leg to see if any other problems could be contributing to her knee pain…AND THERE IT WAS!  Her left ankle was SO STIFF; we had given her ankle stretching exercises, and she had been doing them religiously, but she was still SO STIFF in her ankle.  Here is a picture of her left ankle's stiffness, stepping off a step:

We treated her left ankle and foot by stretching the individual joints.  After that treatment she DANCED 6 HOURS OVER THE NEXT WEEKEND.  Here is how her ankle's mobility on the left is now:

Her knee feels better now!  Turns out her ankle stiffness was making her knee hurt!

If you would like to contact George or Phyllis for dance lessions, please email George at haller.george@comcast.net.

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165 Lilly Rd. NE, Suite B
Olympia, Washington 98506



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This is great information about your pubic bone (which can impact the sacroiliac joint) alignment.

Hello friends!⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Pelvic pain can affect your ability to walk, sleep, move, lift, carry, sit, pee, poop, have sex and more!!⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This simple self check can clue you into whether you have pelvic asymmetries. ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What is an asymmetry? Your pelvis is like two halves an Easter egg that is fitted together. If the two sides aren’t lined up, you will have asymmetries (one pelvic bone higher or lower, flared in or out etc)⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Keep in mind that it’s possible to have asymmetries without pain and it’s possible to have pain without asymmetries!!⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So, what to do if you do have asymmetries? ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Get checked out! The following professionals are trained to assess and address this:⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Physical Therapists ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Doctors of Osteopathy⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And more! (If you’re a provider that assesses and addresses this that I didn’t include, drop a comment below please so others know too!). ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Pregnant people are especially vulnerable to asymmetries due to the increased pelvic movement that is occurring. ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Many times some simple exercises or some gentle hands on stretching combined with an external brace can provide incredible relief so you can live your daily life! ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Questions? I’m here friends! ♥️Jeanice ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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