Read about pole vaulter and college athlete, Betsy Lovett, and her experience overcoming chronic back pain at our Grand Rapids Performance Center! Betsy shared this testimonial with us last week and we are so excited about her progress and recovery! Betsy has been working with GC therapists, Jeff Rigley and Brandon Yuenger
“Before I came to Generation Care, I honestly had given up all hope of ever being able to live a pain-free life, let alone be a college athlete again. Being a 19-year-old with chronic back pain, finding a doctor and therapist that would be willing to work with my level of pain was difficult. But, the whole staff was so welcoming and friendly!
When I first got to Generation Care, I was unable to bend backward, move without pain, or even think about training. My goal when I first got there was to be able to get up every morning without having to grimace in pain. On my first visit, I was expecting Brandon to tell me that I would never be able to pole vault again. But within the first 5 minutes, Brandon had decided that dry needling would be the best way to treat me. He was very hopeful that I would be training again soon.
On my second visit with Brandon, we did another round of dry needling. My body responded so positively to it that I was able to bend backward for the first time in 10 months without pain! I was amazed, and slowly the hope of living a pain-free life again started to grow.
After a few more visits with Brandon, I started seeing Jeff as well. Jeff and I worked together to gain strength in my lower back. Jeff had no prior experience working with pole vaulters but he was eager to learn and adapt his style to my specific needs. After doing pole vault drills in the gym, Jeff was confident in my ability to start training again.
On February 8th, exactly 11 months after my initial injury, Jeff cleared me to fully train and vault again. That day in Generation Care, I broke down in tears because I truly believed before I went there that I would never be able to call myself an athlete again.
The team at Generation Care not only restored my back, but they gave me my life back. I will never be able to thank them enough for the way they changed my life!” – Betsy Lovett