Tennis player eliminates back and calf pain and returns to the court

PT eliminates back and calf pain

Eric Holden, an avid tennis player, began experiencing low back pain while on the court. The aching slowly progressed into chronic pain and began to hinder Eric’s daily functioning.

“My low back pain persisted for two years. I feared my injury was permanent and irreversible and if I wanted to continue playing tennis, I would have to accept this significant level of back pain,” said Eric.

In 2017, Eric came to Baudry Therapy Center and received a comprehensive PT plan to treat his low back pain. Over the course of two months, Eric received dry needling, manual therapy and customized functional exercises that eliminated his back pain completely.

“I had nearly lost hope of ever playing tennis again. But with the pain eliminated, I had a renewed optimism and willingness to put in more effort to improve my tennis game.”

Then one day in March 2018, Eric suffered from an acute calf injury which required an immediate stop to all sporting activities. The pain was so intense that it even hurt to walk. Eric returned to Baudry Therapy Center for another round of PT.

“When Eric came back to PT for his calf, I knew he would respond well to treatment because of how much success he had with his back.  Eric’s success (for both rounds of PT) was a result of his commitment to changing habits and working on his health each and every day,” said Kevin Dessauer, PT.

“Rich and Kevin treated me for both of my injuries. They were very accommodating to my needs in relieving pain and gave me the necessary exercise/stretching routines to completely resolve my injury. The instruction provided at Baudry Therapy really does work!”

Living his best life

“Eric’s hard work in PT and his positive attitude has helped him improve his overall health,” said Kevin. “He is now doing twice weekly workouts at BRIO and has even incorporated a healthier diet (with a friendly push from his cardiologist). We are thrilled to say that Eric has returned to the tennis courts pain-free and is truly living his best life.”

In fact, just recently Eric and his friend faced off against Kevin and Rich on the tennis court.

“We had a lot of fun playing tennis with Eric,” said Rich. “He’s got a big game and his newly found mobility was surely evident on the court. Congratulations on your success.”

So who won? Rich recalls “they were being very polite hosts and let us squeak by!”

Eric added, “The entire Baudry Therapy staff has been absolutely upbeat and encouraging. Having lived in pain for so long, the positive energy coming from the entire staff (and I do mean everyone) was truly a great boost for me. Thank you so much to each of you.”