From Chronic Pain to Pain-Free in 6 Months

Annie started working with iAM Physical Therapy when other doctors and physical therapists were not able to identify the cause of her chronic pain. This is her story. 

When I first met Dr. Jessica Wiley, I was in terrible shape. About 1 year prior I had pulled my hamstring, and had attempted to just “walk it off” but the pain and tightness never went away.

In fact, I could barely walk and using stairs was a very painful and stressful experience. When I came to Jessica for help, I had already been to several doctors who were scaring me with advice of surgery or prescription pain killers. 

My first appointment with Jessica was such a relief. After a quick, but thorough physical assessment she told me kindly and confidently that surgery or pain killers would not be required, and with her help I could be back to normal in less than a year.

She also said that my back and neck pain that I had for many years could also be resolved in this time. This completely shocked me, as I had almost given up ever being able to walk normally and sit without back-pain again. 

Jessica was always patient with me, and never made me feel like I was complaining or over-stating my pain. She was sympathetic and a great listener.

Because of my pain, I had always felt hesitant of letting anyone do “hands-on” bodywork. Typically massage sessions would cause more pain than relief. However, with Jessica she could identify pain-points without me even mentioning them just by the position of my joints and muscles. She walked me through everything she was doing as she was doing it, and I felt instant relief. 

 Thanks to iAM Physical Therapy, Annie (28) was able to start going to concerts again. Here she is at the Sleep Train Amphitheater (which entailed “a long walk from the parking lot and lots of stairs” she said) to see The Cure. 

Thanks to iAM Physical Therapy, Annie (28) was able to start going to concerts again. Here she is at the Sleep Train Amphitheater (which entailed “a long walk from the parking lot and lots of stairs” she said) to see The Cure. 

6 months after my first session with Jessica, I was using stairs again, going on walks in my neighborhood and could run errands pain free. I even was able to work more, as sitting at my desk was no longer a painful ordeal - thanks to her realignment of my pelvis with bodywork and targeted exercises. 

Today, I can walk normally again without pain, have so much more energy, and am forever grateful to Jessica for her knowledge and compassion.

I still visit Jessica twice a month for maintenance to ensure my muscles never tighten up like that again. I also find her office space to be a relaxing place where I can forget about my everyday stressors, and just focus on taking care of my body.

For information on how Dr. Jessica Wiley can help improve your health and reduce your pain, click here.