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“You did some miracle … I can do almost everything that I want to do without a lot of pain.”


Margie Sachs is 81 and doesn’t like for anything to slow her down. So when she was diagnosed with bursitis in her right hip, in addition to a badly sprained ankle, and the pain got so severe she could barely walk, she knew it was time to get help.

Margie had also been living with terrible pain in her right shoulder for some time. She couldn’t hang up her clothes in the closet, shampoo or brush her hair, or put dishes away without using both arms, her left arm having to help her right arm. When her kids told her it was time to go to SPEAR, she was ready and willing to do whatever she needed to do to get better.

“First of all, it was a little bit scary. I never had physical therapy. I had no idea what was going to happen… I wasn’t quite so sure that I wasn’t going to be in more pain by the time I walked out… and that wasn’t the case.”

Like many people, Margie thought that physical therapy was just lying on a table and having someone do things for you. She didn’t realize that you had to work at it. But she found her experience at SPEAR was always positive. Everyone was warm and friendly and helpful. While physical therapy can be tough, she looked forward to coming, and realized that coming twice a week rather than just once a week made her feel even better.

“Physical therapy has no doubt given me back my life… so that I can do things without being in severe pain, struggling, or decide not to do them.” Margie is back on the move. And now, when her grandchildren want her to bowl or play tennis on their Wii, she may not be great at it, but she’s no longer afraid to try.

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