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.