A Personal Message From Specialist Physical Therapist,
Specialist Physical Therapist
❓Are you worried about knee pain & stiffness that doesn’t go away no matter how much icing, Ibuprofen popping, resting, or exercising (if you can), you do?
❓Are you frustrated that avoiding painful activities, cortisone injections, or stretching and exercises you learned off Dr. Google haven’t worked?
❓Are you having trouble keeping up with your kids or your workout buddies or missing out on spending quality time with your family or having to bail out of races you signed up for months in advance?
❓Are you still looking for a long-term solution so you can workout, train for your races, keep up with the kids, stay on top of the “honey-do” list, or simply be able to climb the stairs in your house?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you are in the right place!
Many people in Northern Virginia suffer unnecessarily with knee pain and stiffness because they’re told…
⚠️ Just “rest it” and it’ll be fine (then months later they’re still suffering…feeling unfit and even more cranky and frustrated than they started)
⚠️ It’s “normal” to have some knee discomfort because of age and the “arthritis” you were told was the cause, you may need to stop running for exercise.
⚠️ If you take anti-inflammatories or pain pills everything will be fine in a few weeks but your knee (s) still swell and feel terrible.
⚠️ Surgery is your ONLY option.
The truth is:
✅ Resting it doesn’t change anything. You might get minor temporary relief, but once you get active again you’ll still be suffering from the same knee pain and stiffness (I bet you’ve already experienced it and you were hoping “maybe it will go away”))
✅ I hate to tell you, but it’s NOT normal to have knee pain as you get older! Nope. Even if you were told it’s arthritis, there is more to it than that. Many people have “age related” changes to their bodies, so why doesn’t EVERYONE your age have this pain?
✅ Pain pills are addicting, dangerous, and can cause a lot of other problems with your body. Even less offensive anti-inflammatories long term can be harmful to your liver and kidneys.
✅ Surgery is NOT the only option. It’s just the only option your surgeon can offer you.
“At Manual Therapy Effects, We Specialize In Helping Active, Working 40+ Year Olds Get Back to the Workouts and Sports they Love Without Drugs, Injections or Surgery”
It can be very confusing to decide exactly what you should do if you have knee pain and stiffness. You’ve likely heard a lot of options such as…
❓ A family member tells you to try acupuncture.
❓ A colleague mentions going to a chiropractor who helped them (for your knee problem!).
❓ The “experts” on YouTube recommend doing some generic exercises without really knowing what your knee problem is, because they have millions of followers which gives them all the credibility in the world, right? (no, it doesn’t).
❓ A friend suggests going to a personal trainer who helped them with guided exercises (in reality, trainers are great for helping physically healthy people, but their knowledge base in understanding injuries can be limited)..
❓ All while the doctor tells you to rest, ice, pop medications and if that doesn’t work consider surgery.
It is overwhelming to try to make a decision with all these choices…what will happen if you don’t make the right one?
Most people get stuck trying to make a decision about what to do next. They go days, weeks, months (even years!) without taking action. This isn’t an uncommon story I hear. They think “maybe it will go away”, or that they don’t have time to deal with their knee pain, it’s not THAT bad. Then they get to a point where it’s screaming at them months later limping and compensating how they move suffering through the pain to finally MAYBE do something about it.
When It Comes To Solving Something Serious Like Low Back Pain & Stiffness…
You must choose the right provider for your health. If you don’t, you could end up getting and unnecessary surgery (which has it’s own long term consequences) or being dependent on addicting painkillers the rest of your life, or overcompensating so much that another part of your body starts talking to you!
Getting the “least-invasive”, most natural treatment is VITAL to you stopping your knee pain and stiffness and keeping it from ever coming back.
To do that, you have to not just treat the pain, but have a provider who is willing to figure out WHY the pain happened in the first place. That’s when you’ll get a PERMANENT solution to your problems.
At Manual Therapy Effects, we’ve created a 3 step process to get rid of your pain AND make sure it doesn’t come back again.
Step #1 - We Want To Listen To Your Story
Our medical system is frustrating. You wait weeks, sometimes months, for an appointment, only to get to talk to the doctors for 10 minutes (if THAT!) before they have to run to the next patient and you’re left sitting there wondering, “What just happened?”
Even most physical therapy clinics operate this way. They’re not attentive, they’re fast-paced, and your therapist doesn’t have time to actually touch where you hurt, let alone have the time to think through your problem. They give you the same generic set of exercises they gave the much “older” patient next to you in their “gym”, walk away for a bit, and come back to put an ice pack on your knee while really just treating your symptoms. I hear this time and time again from people that have gone to these places. It’s a huge let down.
This is why our first step is to listen to your story.
After working with lots of people with knee pain and stiffness, we know that no two people are alike. Each person has a different body, a different history, and different types of pain.
That is why our first step is to have an open conversation and time for you to tell your story. That way we get a deep understanding of what’s going on not just with your body, but also how it’s impacting your life. If it’s important to you, then it’s important to us!
Step #2 - Find Out WHY Low Back Pain Started
Many people have a diagnosis, or medical term for what’s going on with their body. Maybe their doctor gave it to them, maybe tests showed the diagnosis, or maybe you found it online.
You could have been told that your only choice was to have surgery, rest and ice it, or exercise through it and live with it.
Sometimes, those things bring temporarily relief, but they’re not addressing the CAUSE the problem in the first place.
Every person’s cause of knee pain and stiffness is different. No one has the exact same problem caused by the exact same thing as another person.
Our goal at Manual Therapy Effects is to find that original cause of your pain, so not only does your knee pain go away, it STAYS AWAY!
We understand that you still might be skeptical or unsure if physical therapy is right for you. That’s why we created a FREE “Meet and Greet Discovery Session.” (Yes! That means the first session is ON US!)
Our Meet and Greet Discovery Sessions are meant specifically for those people who are skeptical, unsure, or have even been let down in the past. During the Meet and Greet Discovery Session you’ll find out what’s wrong, how long it’s going to take to fix it, and give you peace of mind that your problem can be fixed naturally!
Step #3 - Get Rid Of The Pain & Keep It From Coming Back
This is when the big transformations occur. We develop a personalized plan that allows you to…
…Get back to exercising without fear of knee pain and stiffness coming back
…Be able to run around and play with grandkids/kids
…Be able to get back to your workouts
…Get to the start line of your next race healthy to crush your next PR
…Get back to your active, busy lifestyle to maintain your sanity, your fitness, and your waist line where you want it
…Minimize your downtime from your training schedule or work out routine
…Do all your daily activities like walking and stair climbing without pain
Our best clients are those who are motivated and ready to win back their fitness, their mental wellness, and living the life they want to live. (Even if they feel stuck right now!)
Want to know more about our availability and costs before making any commitment to coming in?
You don’t have to sacrifice your next race, your active lifestyle, chasing the grandkids or kids, or living day to day over problems that can be fixed.
We are here to help.
Yours in Good Health and Movement,
Jamie So, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy and Owner, Manual Therapy Effects
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Specialty Treatment From Manual Therapy Effects
(and how happy they are now...)
Cindy E. 50’s, Sterling, VA
“Jamie is a very experienced ‘no nonsense’ PT...will get her hands into your muscles and get you healthy and back to doing the things you love as quickly as possible...one of the best I have worked with in my athletic career (and I have been around for awhile, so there have been many!)."
Mary S. 40’s, Arlington, VA
“Jamie will identify the underlying issue to ensure the most effective treatment. Her practice focuses on one on one, manual therapy so that the patient receives full and undivided attention for the duration of the appointment. For those that have new or lingering injuries that other physical therapists have been unable to resolve, I strongly suggest that you give Jamie a chance to evaluate and correct the problem.”
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