I little background on Break the Stigma’s new sponsor!
I’ve always loved being outdoors, hiking, biking, running, etc. About 13 years ago I decided to take on running a little more seriously. And without a training plan I started running. In no time I was hurting, I had to stop, too much discomfort. A few years passed on and I decided to try again, and again the same result. Only this time I was not going to give up so easily. I now really enjoyed running.
Long story short, I visited 1 chiropractor, 2 orthopedics, 1 sports medicine doctor and a physical therapist. Many MRIs, shots, you name it. Always being told that it was the IT Band, and then it was my knee cap, that I’d never be able to run more than 5 miles without having any pain. Please, unless I’m dead, don’t tell me it can’t be done.
I have a friend who couldn’t walk without using a cane for a long time. Then a few months later I saw him walking on his own, doing so well, very fit. I asked for his doctor’s mane. I wanted to see this doctor as well. So my journey with Summit Orthopedics began.
Right away this doctor told me that he was going to do one procedure and if it didn’t work out for me. He was going to refer me, not only to a good sports medicine doctor, but one of the best in the country. The procedure didn’t work. This is when I first was referred to and met Dr. Amy Stromwall. The first thing out of her mouth when she saw me sitting in her office was “your running shoes are not good for you”. I thought to myself “Are you kidding me? I just bought these beauties ($125) and look at them! They make me look like Alberto Salazar (no relation, just the same last name).”
I worked with her for a few weeks. During this time I had switched jobs and I was emotionally drained from so many visits to doctors. So I quit. Dr. Stromwall asked me to stay to continue. I just couldn’t, I left. It took me about two years to go back to see her, again. I was coming back from a race in Costa Rica in which I did horribly. I wanted and was ready to get better, and work hard for it!
Why did I choose to go back to Dr. Stromwall? I knew that she was the only person who had been 100% honest with me and had also listen to what I had to say. I never felt any pressure from her, even when I had decided to walk away the first time. So, I went for a second chance, I was ready to give everything I had to get better.
As soon as she walked in the room, she looked at me and said “I remember you. Are you going to stick around this time? I’m going to need 6 months to get you running. Oh, and by the way your problem is not your knee, is your pelvis.”
Many visits, and also great physical therapy work with Stephanie K. and hard work from the three of us paid off. On my last visit to her office she told me she that was moving out of State, but she wanted to finish with me first. What a great feeling that was! To know that she cared enough to finish my rehab!
That same day she told me that I was ready to go running. I did, I ran 10 trail miles for the first time without any pain and was able to complete my first ultra-marathon that same year, only 3 months later. Now I have a few ultra-marathons under my belt.
Summit Orthopedics, everyone there treated me with respect and such dedication I’ve never experienced anywhere else. I still keep in contact with Dr. Stromwall and Stephanie, just to bug them with my crazy ideas, like running across the State of Minnesota. They both have been so incredibly supportive. Now I have met Karie A and she has been the person who helped me have a sponsorship with this great organization.
I haven’t gone back to a physical therapist/sports medicine, but if I had to go back, you can imagine who my choice would be.
This is why I am so honored to have Summit Orthopedics as one of the Break the Stigma sponsors!