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The Recovery of a Professional Bicyclist

John is an avid bicyclist and a 50 year old seasoned athlete. First week of January 2015,John sustained an ACL tear on his right knee while cutting a tree and pushing it out. After having an MRI it was confirmed that John has a full ACL tear and partial meniscal tear. He was scheduled for an arthroscopic repair by the orthopedic surgeon. John was concerned about his recovery and his ability to return to active sports. While researching his rehabilitation options one of John's friends Mike suggested Rehab Specialists. John was seen for a pre surgical appointment where he learned to use crutches, exercises to maintain his ROM and strength.

John  completed 6 weeks of post op rehab program at Rehab Specialists .

John Meyers' road to recovery

John Meyers 8 months after ACL surgery at a Kisscross event in September, 2015.

What Our Patients Say About Us

"When I came to Rehab Specialists at the recommendation of Adam and after seeing two medical doctors neither of who could tell me what was going on with my lower leg after a tramautic injury, I saw John and after ten minutes with John he told me what was going on and that they could treat it. With Maribeth's help and knowledge she taught me how to treat and control it. It was always a pleasant experience to come, everyone was so nice and cheerful. I have recommended and will always recommend Rehab Specialists to everyone who wants caring and professional treatment. Thank you so much!" - Susan O (Lower Leg)

"I highly recommend Rehab Specialists! From my very first visit they began treatment on my right frozen shoulder. Since I am right handed, my limited ROM was affecting my everyday activities, from using my blowdryer, curling iron, combing my hair, as well as dressing. Allyson, Joe and Gregg worked with me at each visit to loosen my shoulder and provide home exercises I could perform to continue loosening and strengthening my shoulder. In a short amount of time, I was surprised at how many of my daily activities were becoming so much easier to perform. Shout out to ALL the staff, including Caleb who always remembered me by name! It's the little things a client notices sometimes!" - Cindi L (Frozen Shoulder)

“After trying another physical therapy facility which didn’t help, I was hesitant when I started at Rehab Specialists. Gregg was reassuring that a program specific to my needs would be developed. When I began, I had experienced a pinched nerve and could barely walk. I could not climb stairs and had many days of pain. Now I can climb stairs and have no pain. Thank you Rehab Specialists!” - Rosemary L (Lower Back Pain)

“I have to say I wasn’t very excited about doing PT because of past experiences. But this time proved much different. The staff at Rehab Specialists are so wonderful. Scheduling my appointments was so easy. I never have to sit and wait, which is great when you’re busy. Sarah, who I worked with the most, was so kind, always had great ideas for me, and was so helpful. I highly recommend them for anyone needing PT. I’m truly going to miss going, but I’m so happy that my pain is better. Thanks to all of you!” - Jill S (Tennis Elbow)

“When I first came to Rehab Specialists I had no range of motion in my hips or back and was using a walker. Through the program they set up for me I am now back to where I was before and am going back to work! Everyone at Rehab Specialists always greeted me with a smile. Both Gregg and Amy helped push and motivate me to meet my goals. Caleb always got me going with a smile and positive attitude. If you are in need of physical therapy I would 100% recommend Rehab Specialists.” - Stephen R (Lower Back)

"I loved the hospitality here and the personal feedback given. Never once was there a doubt in my mind that John, Allyson, or Sarah couldn't help me." - Alicia O (Lower Back, Hip)

"Very impressed with my therapy experience. I went from thinking I was having back surgery to getting my life back! Extremely skilled PT's and excellent care. Care was tailored to my needs and changed as my pain did. Excellent customer service from the front desk, Sarah, and my PT's. Have already recommended to many people. Thank you!" - Michelle W (Lower Back Pain)

"I will say, without reservation, that not only was I impressed with the care and therapy I received at Rehab Specialists, but also that it was, by far, the most effectie and professional PT experience I've ever had. During my first visit, John Stephens (clinic director) did a very comprehensive and thorough evaluation of my condition, which included severe hip pain and chronic lower back pain. John was patient and attentive as my input was recognized, and all information entered into a computer. Explanations and advice were shared by John, and a dedicated therapy program was developed. Using my evaluation, I was usually treated by Gregg Tharge, for whom I developed tremendous respect as a therapist. He was obviously well trained, extremely professional, and concerned about my condition. He spent a great deal of time using manipulation and manual therapy, and always explained what he was doing and why. Any questions I had were answered by Gregg, using his knowledge of body mechanics and the interactions of muscles, joints, nerves and tissue to explain the procedure. He was also cognizant and concerned at all times with pain levels during my therapy, and would always check with me before and after each manipulation exercise. Gregg is truly an outstanding therapist. Any exercises I was given for home use were sent via e-mail by either John or Gegg, with an accompanying video and diagrams to help explain proper technique-- very helpful! The entire staff at Rehab Specialists were accommodating and courteous, and changing an appointment time was never an issue. I normally don't take this much time or spce to write a review, but when you feel you've had a great experience, especially when it invcolves health issues, I believe it's necessary to acknowledge the provider. Thanks to John, Gregg, and the entire staff at Rehab Specialists, I'm now enjoying a much more comfortable life, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend their services to anyone who needs help." - Duane A (Hip Pain, Chronic Low Back Pain)

"All of the therapists and staff were friendly and thoughtful. I appreciated that my therapist explained what they were doing and how it addressed my conditions. Everyone was very attentive to my care, and I am very happy with my progress. I would recommend Rehab Specialists to friends and family without hesitation! Thank you!" - Alisa L (Neck, Foot/Ankle)

"My experience with Rehab Specialists was very postive. I am feeling much better, and for the first time in a long time am able to move my shoulder without it hurting. Working with Rehab Specialists has made such a difference for me and has improved my quality of life." - Jen B (Neck, Shoulder, Low Back Pain)

"Everyone was kind and caring- I enjoyed the laughs, smiles, and tenderness. It was great to have the two therapists I'd had months ago for another problem. Thank you!" - Carol P (Shoulder, Hip)

"My therapists were keen observers providing targetted feedback with verbal comments and physical demonstrations as well as printed instructyions. They made my experience enjoyable, and I would gladly seek them out if further treatment is necessary." - Aileen G (Shoulder Injury)

"My daughter received excellent care from your facility. I was always impressed with the kindness and compassion shown to her by the therapists. The facilities are neat, clean, and orderly. We spent a period of six months there. At a previous facility, we were told nothing could be done to help her. Your therapists did more to help my daughter than 2 years of other treatments that we sought out. I would recommend your facility to anyone needing this type of care." - Elizabeth B (Scoliosis, Low Back Pain)

"In December 2017, I was diagnosed with Axonal Neuropathy (disrupted nerve signals to my legs) from a rare viral attack on my sciatic nerve roots. I had very limited ability to walk and climbing stairs was impossible without using my upper body strength. Nerve recovery time was estimated at 1 to 1-1/2 years, and it was emotionally devastating that I could no longer live a normal independent life, or perform simple tasks let alone pursue my favorite hobbies. I was referred to Rehab Specialists and in three months my recovery has been nothing short of amazing. Working with John Stephen and Joe Richmond, through their expertise of evaluation and development of a therapy plan, I have regained most of my lost muscle mass, and am focusing on improving strength, stability and mobility. I cannot express how lucky and satisfied I have been with my treatment and regaining my ability to enjoy life’s simple pleasures."
- Woody P

"I had John as a physical therapist before I ever had my surgery. I was so impressed with his knowledge that I followed him to the new facility to have my post-surgical therapy. John is the only PT I trust to treat my back problem. He knows exactly what he is doing in his profession and to the detail of each exercise he gives you to do. He has helped me improve so much physically and also with his encouragement helped overcome a lot of fear I had of certain movements with my back. I cannot say enough good things about his skills. I would recommend anyone O know to see him for physical therapy especially related to any back issues. I know the 4 short weeks of post-surgical PT has returned me close to 100% functioning and I have not been at that level in years."
- Cheryl B

"This BIG program has made a huge difference in my life! I am walking better, faster and stronger without needing to use my cane. The program with its one on one attention boosted my confidence in what I am able to do on a daily basis. I could not say enough superlatives about the program and the staff at Rehab Specialists."
- Ken S

"Rehab Specialists Extraordinaire" is my opinion of Dr. John Stephen and his knowledgeable staff. Dr. John and his specialty trained therapists successfully treated my vertigo and peripheral neuropathy after 15 visits. I haven't felt this good in many years.

Dr. John et al are compassionate, professional, and competent and thoroughly explained each treatment and made my treatments enjoyable." 

"I highly recommend him to any person with peripheral neuropathy and other neurological problems."
- Sonia H

"Very knowledgeable and friendly staff!"
- Nick H

"Andy and Sarah were great. I was impressed with how well they understood Parkinson's Disease and I am very pleased with the improvement in my mobility." 
- Rebecca F

"I gained confidence in my daily activities. With Parkinson's I believed I could not think "big". Now I undertake what is normal and I am greatly encouraged. 'I CAN.'" 
- Ann R

"Over the past 6+ years, I've undergone a multitude of treatments to reduce hip, leg and foot pain caused by years of sitting 8+ hours per day at a computer along with arthritis and ill-advised orthotics. Positive results were minimal at best. And then I was advised by my physician to try working with John Stephen at Rehab Specialists. For the first time, someone took into account all of the pain issues I was experiencing and developed an exercise plan to address all the points of concern. It's not a cookie-cutter plan, but one that was tweaked at each session to address my body's response to the program. I came into my first session with high pain levels, muscle weakness and balance issues. I graduated from the program as a much physically stronger person, balance issues gone, and with a life long exercise program to minimize and deal with my pain issues. My quality of life has improved a million-fold!! Thanks a million to John and the wonderful and kind staff at Rehab Specialists!! Wish I had found you 6 years ago!!!!"
- Kathleen B

"I must admit I was at first skeptical that physical therapy would help my neck pain which is caused by cervical dystonia and arthritis. I had tried many other things including a chiropractor and acupuncture to no avail. However I am happy to report after two months of P.T. that my neck pain is greatly improved. I was taking motrin nearly every day and now I rarely need one. John and the rest of the staff did a wonderful job. Now I just need to keep up with my home care plan. Thank you so much for your excellent and professional treatment."
- Karen K

"After a 15 minute consultation the friendly staff assured me they could help. They also told me if they didn't think they could they wouldn't waste my time. The whole staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. In about six weeks I was walking great and standing straighter than I had in years. The therapists e-mailed me exercises and plans and encouraged me through the process. The staff all treated me like family and helped me fix my spine. If you need physical therapy give Rehab Specialists 15 minutes. It could change your life."
- Sean M

For more information on the conditions we treat and services we offer, or to book an appointment please call 269-459-6212 or email us at info@rehabspecialistsmi.com

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