PT helps dancer recover from injury 

Lindsey Zan loves to dance, mostly West Coast Swing and the Argentine Tango! While preparing for a performance in the West Coast Swing, Lindsey increased her training to 2-3 hours of lessons per day, as well as walking between 15,000-25,000 steps. She would also dance well into the night, from 11 pm – 3 am, perfecting her routine, which included dips, backbends, and a few lifts. In addition, she went to Buenos Aires to train and dance the Argentine Tango for 10 days. Her training was taking a toll on her body.

“Towards the end of my trip, I was exhausted” said Lindsey. “I missed a step walking downstairs, which caused immediate lower back pain any time I tried to extend or bend my back. Because I continued to train and dance my routine, I didn’t have proper recovery time.”

After a few days, Lindsey was able to walk, but felt pain any time she bent over to the front, side, or back. She was forced to restrict her movement, which impacted her ability to perform her dance routine to the fullest.

From the clinic to the stage

Lindsey came to Baudry Therapy Center and received manual therapy, dry needling, and corrective exercises targeting her core and hips to return to full dancing activities.

After 8 weeks of therapy, Lindsey’s back pain was 100% eliminated and she had fully recovered her range of motion and strength. She was able to dance and train every day with no issue!

“I waited two months before going to physical therapy and I wish I hadn’t waited,” said Lindsey. “Ignoring the pain and hoping it would go away wasn’t working.”

A true talent

“I could tell Lindsey loves to dance by the way she talked about teaching and performing.  She was unable to do something that she loved to do, but she was determined to get back,” said Kevin Dessauer, PT.  “Lindsey not only returned to 100%, but she learned how to continue taking care of her body as she ramped up training again.  It was nice to see her make such great progress throughout PT.  I’m certain she will continue to have success moving forward.”

“Kevin and Rich are great! I highly recommend them and the rest of the Baudry team. The facility is really nice and feels more like a gym than the typical PT clinic,” said Lindsey.