“My dragonboat team did really well in the races (after finishing physical therapy treatment for low back pain). I raced the best I ever have and I was in nine races. The women’s team placed 5th of 28 teams, and the top three of those ahead of us are going to Italy for Worlds. This was the first time ever we made the top tier (Platinum) division.
I also crossed over and raced with the mixed team, and we placed 12th out of 51 teams, coming home with a medal for the Bronze division (3rd tier). In the Grand Masters race (55 years old and older), we placed 2nd and also medaled there.
Thank you SO MUCH for overseeing my care! I know it’s because of your diagnosis/analysis that I was able to work on myself and have the strength to perform well. It was great to work with you, and I will continue to work hard at my exercises. I will update you how things are going.” – Karen Cole
This has been the single best healthcare experience I’ve had in Portland...
“…Brandon is INCREDIBLE! He answers all my questions knowledgeably and explains everything easily to me in both medical terms and terms I can understand. He has worked so well with me and I am probably the only person I know who legitimately looks forward to physical therapy. He always makes me feel comfortable and that he truly cares about my progress, life, and me as an individual. He has a level of compassion I have honestly NEVER encountered with any healthcare professional. I would (and have) recommended him wholeheartedly to anyone I know. I look forward to returning to see him after surgery! Additionally, Brandy is such a ray of sunshine every time I come in! She always greets me by name and asks how I am doing. I look forward to her being the first face I see when I come in. Overall, I have zero complaints/recommendations for improvement — these are some of the best people in the city!” – Mikaela E
I presented Life's Work with a 20-year-old set of symptoms...
“…from a series of sprained ankles and the goal to be able to walk at least 3 miles when I’m 80 (I’m 67). Therapy has transformed my walking, posture, and balance—not to mention realigning my ankle and foot. Annual orthopedic checkups should be as common as dental or eye exams for anyone over 40. Life’s Work has convinced me physical therapy can help with more than injuries, post-surgical recovery, or pain management. PT can improve the orthopedic health of functioning, pain-free people who have years of bad orthopedic habits.” – Barbara S.
I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you what a difference...
“… you’ve made in my life. You helped me not only to regain some physical capabilities but also to find, and nurture, an acceptance of what this body of mine can reasonably do. I don’t feel that I go to a place of fear and panic when I get a flare of symptoms, but rather I have a sense that it can be managed with correct care, and that I will recover. Your calm, competent care has empowered me and I so appreciate that. Thank you for everything.” – Barbara J.
Brad has been honest and clear in communicating...
“…with me through each phase of this process. Even when I was frustrated, Brad remained calm and encouraging. He is hands down the best physical therapist that I’ve ever worked with (and I’ve had at least 5). Because of his willingness to truly help me get better, and find resolution, the main “cause” of the pain was identified. He listened, he asked questions when he felt things weren’t improving, he sought for more tests. 10+ years later, I am finally in a position to truly get better and healthier. I cannot thank Brad enough! Excellent service and professionalism!” – Christina M.
I’ve had to see a number of physical therapists over the years. Lifeswork is different--and better.
“Diagnosis: For me, the most important difference was the diagnostic process. Sandra thinks like an engineer (this is a good thing!) and really works hard to figure out exactly what’s wrong before trying to fix anything. Targeted Treatment: With a precise diagnosis, the treatment can be more specifically targeted and effective. And, if you know exactly what you are trying to fix you can monitor the improvement accurately and adjust the pace and level of treatment for the best results. Patient Education: The third clear difference was Lifeswork’s dedication to, and skill at, education. Every session was informative as well as helpful.” -Ed. S.
If I had any words of wisdom to pass along to your patients...
…I would say that I view my REHAB sessions as a way to have mobility and less discomfort. There are days that things feel ‘off’ – but once I do REHAB it’s like I have taken drugs and the discomfort is gone. So rather than thinking, “Ugh. I have to go exercise.” I focus on the resulting ease of discomfort, if I am having any, and the increase in activity and mobility. Having this latter frame of mind is a great motivator to keep going. I now run about once a week. I can run 7 miles and have minimal ‘discomfort’ of after effect. Pretty amazing. Last year at this time I thought that I would never run again – or be pain free walking.
I have been referring to them regularly for the past five years . . .
” and am consistently impressed with their service, their clinical skills, their outcomes, and their communication. Most of my patients come back from physical therapy there raving both about their experience there and about the fact that their condition is much improved. I have sent them patients with very challenging pain issues and have had them come back dramatically improved, even those that had been through long-term physical therapy with other groups and evaluations with other specialists. I think they do a great job at looking at the whole person. They are excellent diagnostician and really try to pinpoint what the root cause of the problem is so that it can be addressed and corrected. I get regular updates on how my patients are doing and we often communicate by phone as well if there are concerns about the clinical course. They have been willing in several cases to suggest that the patient needed specialist attention when they were concerned that the patient may need surgery or additional treatments that they could not provide. It feels like we work well together as a team to help care for my patients. They do an excellent job at collecting outcomes data on their work and share that with me periodically. It is refreshing to see an organization that is not only willing to get unbiased feedback on how they are doing and ways that they can improve but also that they share that feedback openly with the referring clinics. Again, they get my highest recommendation.” – David Hays, MD.