- Posted on: Sep 28 2016
My name is Lou M. On December 4, 2015, I underwent total shoulder replacement surgery and subsequently received physical rehabilitative therapy three times a week for the following five months at Advanced Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. It is my impression that the progress I have made in five months in regaining nearly full motion and use of my left shoulder has been successful due in major part to the skill, attention, and understanding of my therapist, Dr. Rob Kohutanycz. Because, in part of my age (70), progress in healing of a surgery of this nature is slow, and I must therefore emphasize the patience shown by Dr. Kohutanycz in working with me. In addition, I observed that I was able to maintain a positive attitude throughout this period because the issues of pain and discomfort of swelling were managed without drugs, due directly to acupuncture. This combination of therapeutic modalities was of strategic benefit to me. The therapy was administered in the AOSMI Physical Therapy facility by Dr. Rob Kohutanycz, PT DPT. Immediately following each physical therapy session I would receive acupuncture delivered by Heather Quinlivan, Lic. Ac. Again, I must stress the importance I found in receiving acupuncture for pain control following each therapy session. The support staff at AMPR has been excellent. Courtney, Jon and Lauren each made the experience come together, and were excellent in their support. Overall, I believe a successful outcome to my surgery was as much a consequence of the effectiveness of the five months of post-operative therapy as it was a result of the surgery, itself.