Patricia Gaudette, an expressive, positive-minded, 66-year-old, received treatment for her arthritis pain at ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center. What made Patricia seek treatment was her lack of mobility and pain due to arthritis in her hips. The trouble with mobility started about three years ago, and had gotten progressively worse. The inability to move without pain affected Patricia both physically and emotionally. She had trouble cleaning the house, was tired all the time and was becoming increasingly depressed. Patricia said, “My husband kept telling me my next vehicle was going to be a wheelchair!” Patricia tried various medications to help control the pain, but they were only effective for a short time. And, as the condition progressed, the medications were decreasingly effective. Patricia told her doctor that she wanted to try acupuncture, so she was put in touch with ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center. Because Patricia hadn’t had acupuncture before, she didn’t know what to expect. “I was amazed that I got some relief after the first treatment!” Her family even noticed a difference right away. “During subsequent treatments, I realized that this was the best thing I could have done for myself!” While receiving therapy at ARC, Patricia had physical therapy, manual therapy, moxibustion, medical massage and electrical stimulation with acupuncture. After a month of consistent therapy, Patricia is able to do so much more. She now looks forward to getting out and doing things. “I’m no longer depressed and have more energy. I really didn’t know what to expect, but what I got was a miracle!”
Years of arthritis and joint pain coming to an end ...
Wanda DiCicco, a vibrant, 50-year-old woman, had been suffering from arthritis and joint pain for several years. Her pain was consistently an 8-9 out of 10, and limiting her from performing simple daily activities, such as reaching in cabinets, picking things off the floor. Even getting dressed was difficult and painful.
Wanda found temporary relief from cortisone treatments in her shoulders, but did not like getting the shots on a regular basis. Her rheumatologist recommended that she come to ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center for further treatment. She had never received acupuncture before, but with the pain she was feeling, she was willing to try it.
After the first few treatments of acupuncture and cupping, she felt immediate relief from the chronic pain she had, which encouraged her to continue. Wanda also receives massage therapy, ultrasound and exercise. She no longer receives cortisone treatments.
After nine visits, Wanda is now able to engage in the daily activities of life without the major pain she once experienced. Wanda feels that the staff at ARC "really cares" and gives "quality attention" by answering all her questions. She truly thinks that she is finally getting lasting results. "ARC has made a believer out of me.”