Cleared!

by Mary on February 18, 2017

Mary and Dr. C.

My neurosurgeon Dr. C. is a cheerful and humorous guy. He promised that at my three-month visit he would “turn me loose into the wild.” And he has! Not to fly off into the forest but to do all my normal activities.

I told him that I’m doing extremely well but still working on strength, particularly in the left hip, and balance. He said balance was the last thing to come back, and suggested that my PT Valerie could get me standing on an upside-down Bosu ball to strengthen the little muscles around the hip that contribute to it. Read the article →

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