Physical Therapy Was What Helped One Clear Lake Woman Return To The Little & Big Joys Of Life

Physical Therapy Was What Helped One Clear Lake Woman Return To The Little & Big Joys Of Life

“My Physical Therapist Was Superman!”
Debbie Walker, 63 of Clear Lake, was in Minneapolis visiting her sister when she accidentally slipped and fell on an icy driveway and severely injured her shoulder.

Debbie immediately returned to Mason City where she saw orthopedic surgeon Tim Gibbons, MD who diagnosed her injury as a right proximal humerus fracture. Dr. Gibbons performed an open reduction and internal fixation, and after her initial healing prescribed physical therapy for Debbie to start work on building her strength and range of motion.

Debbbie went to Cornerstone Physical Therapy which is affiliated with the Mason City Clinic and worked mostly with Tim Molencamp, Doctor of Physical Therapy, three times a week.

Said Debbie, “Tim met with Dr. Gibbons, my orthopedic surgeon, and went over my case and shared records. That doesn’t usually happen when you get referred into physical therapy after surgery, which is a huge advantage.

Second, Cornerstone Physical Therapy is associated with a fitness organization in Clear Lake called Lake Fit and it is a gym with all of the bells and whistles giving me access to so much more equipment than a typical physical therapy facility.

Apparently I am making stellar progress. Usually it takes someone in my condition a year to get to 85% mobility and function, and I am already there with four months of physical therapy completed to date.

I am the co-primary caregiver of my mother and so I need to be mobile and healthy to take care of her on a daily basis.

Now I get out and walk more. I walk my cute, but chunky wiener dog. I recently could dance disco with my nephew and play a little pool at family reunion. It is also the little things that I now can do comfortably and without pain — putting on deodorant, drying my back with a towel, and shampooing my hair.

I am grateful for the care I have gotten; plus all of the encouragement and feedback from all the therapists at Cornerstone Physical Therapy. I can tell, though, Tim is a Clear Lake boy – he is so easy to talk to. He is Superman to me.”

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