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Christian came to therapy with right knee and foot pain. Due to the lack of reflexes, it was determined there was a low back involvement. Christian, 53 years old and dedication to his prescribed home program, had an impressive 30-day reevaluation. But at his second reevaluation appointment, Christian’s numbers did not increase, and a few numbers decreased.  Not to be dismayed, Christian, pushed forward, but changed how he completed a few of his exercises. At his next reevaluation, his numbers markedly increased. So, what happened for Christian’s numbers to increase after a stagnant month?

Christian decided to slightly change the way he was completing his home program. Maybe, laying on his stomach instead of being on all fours; standing instead of sitting; or laying on his side instead of standing. Sometimes completing the same exercises, the same way will cause a plateau—little or no change—because the body becomes used to the way a specific exercise is performed. Mixing up exercises is usually recommended for our younger patients or patients that have hit a plateau. If you have questions about ‘mixing it up,’ talk to Mike, Chip, or Sharon.

Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

Michael Pennington is a physical therapist and the owner of Turning Point Physical Therapy, which is located in beautiful southern Oregon. He is a loving husband, father of six and a master of his trade. Before studying at Pacific University, Michael earned his Eagle Scout and served a full-time 2 year mission in south Africa. He is as accomplished as he is hard working. Al l of his experiences culminate together at his clinic and are evident in his patient care.
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