Success Stories

Angela first came to TherapySouth to see Armin in October of 2020, following a lower back injury from racing sailboats. Through a highly personalized treatment plan, he was able to help reduce her pain and return to full mobility within about three months. In late 2022, Angela began to experience severe hip and leg pain and visited another PT group recommended by her ortho specialist.

“After one visit, there was no doubt that I’d instead return to TherapySouth. Armin and his team develop individualized treatment plans each visit that progress and are customized based on my needs at that exact moment. I’m also grateful for their flexibility to fit around my busy work schedule. TherapySouth is an integral part of my health care team that’s fully committed to helping me heal.”

– Angela Putman, Patient

Eight years ago, Mary was in a car wreck that caused injury to her neck and as she hoped to avoid surgery and medication, she was referred to physical therapy at TherapySouth in Hoover. Mary worked with Daniel to rehab from her accident and get back to her active lifestyle. Now, whenever Mary experiences acute pain or frequent headaches, she comes directly to see Daniel for treatment. Through manual adjustments, dry needling, stretching and more – Mary is able to get not just relief from her pain, but improve her mobility, strength and overall wellness.

“At first I didn’t know I could just come for wellness, I thought I had to be referred. But now the doors are opened because when I have pain, I can call and get an appointment quickly. I come in sick to my stomach because the pain is so bad, and I leave here singing a song because I feel so good.”

Mary stays active keeping up with her two young kids, riding horses, running and lifting weights.

“When I can’t do those things my quality of life suffers. I am a happier person when I can move, and he makes me be able to move!”

– Mary Guillory, Patient

Carmen struggled with back pain for most of her life and received pain block injections every six months to manage her pain before she was referred to TherapySouth Greystone for physical therapy. As part of her treatment plan, Carmen was introduced to functional dry needling which gave her complete relief and eliminated her symptoms. Now, Carmen comes to the clinic biweekly to see her therapist Beth for dry needling. This allows her to stay active with her three kids and be a competitive tennis player in the community.

“I can stay ahead of the pain. Even when I experience an injury while playing, I can come into the clinic the next day for dry needling. The best part is not having to depend on medication like I was for so many years. Beth takes time with me and treats my pain comprehensively. I even referred my husband to come in for dry needling after he had struggled with tendonitis and now he has been pain free for a year!”

– Carmen Ryals, Mom, Tennis Player, Patient

Ethan has a passion for mixed martial arts, both in the ring and on-screen. He was featured as a stuntman in the Netflix series, Cobra Kai, which unfortunately caused him to put off his knee surgery and ultimately delayed his start in professional MMA fighting.

Following his surgery, Ethan was referred to TherapySouth Riverchase for physical therapy. After a successful recovery, he was discharged and finally made his professional debut – taking home the win after a 47-second knockout. Ethan has continued to work with his therapist on strengthening his neck, training to prevent injury and staying healthy for his upcoming fights.

“The game we play is pretty rough on the body, so any injuries I have keep me coming back. I continue to see Chris in the weeks leading up to my fights for full body adjustments, wellness checks and dry needling. Any bumps, bruises, or flare ups – I come see him and he takes care of me!”

– Ethan Melisano, Pro MMA Fighter, Patient

“I overdid it with some home exercises and began to experience pain in my shoulder. When I went to see my doctor, I was diagnosed with a frozen shoulder. I couldn’t lift my arm up, and reaching anything at home was difficult.

When I first came to see Corey at TherapySouth, I couldn’t even close my car door with my left arm. Originally, my goal was just to have more normal function of my arm, but Corey has helped me get my range of motion back, and now I’m building strength! Corey has done a great job helping me with exercises, and dry needling has been a big help!

This clinic is very close to my house, which is really important to me. The therapists are very knowledgable and kind. They are engaged with each patient and creatively work to get you better.”

– Barbara English, Patient

“I had an accident at work that left me unable to move my right hand. I was fortunate to keep my arm, and I had emergency surgery to rebuild things internally. We had to start therapy very soon after surgery to keep everything moving. TherapySouth was one of the only places with a certified hand therapist that I could see. In the beginning I had no movement or feeling in my hand. We started with Kramer (my occupational therapist) doing all of the movement for me, but now I can move and stretch my fingers! I was at TherapySouth when I first felt my fingers again – it felt like waking up from a dream. For months, I had thought I would never be able to use my hand again, but now I feel so much more positive about my movement and mobility! I never thought it would happen, but now I feel like I have two hands again.

TherapySouth is extremely personal, and it always felt like I was at home.”

– Hunter Beck, Hand Therapy Patient

Sarah originally came to see us after a fall following her back surgery. Together, we have strengthened her back, legs, and helped her improve her ability to walk!

“I’ve had trouble with my right leg and pain in the bottoms of my feet, but everything is related to my back. Josh, my therapist, has helped me in the past – I told him my goal was to be able to walk in Disney World with my family, and I did! To see my grandson enjoy the rides and stay together in the campground with my family was priceless. That time will always be in my memory.

Therapy South is continuing to help me establish my walking. I came to Therapy South after visiting some other places, and I am so pleased with how they have helped me. Along my journey there has been a lot of pain and recovery time, but everyone is so friendly, and they really work to make sure you get the time and attention you need.”

– Sarah Graves, Grandmother, Back and Leg Patient

Johnathan had a vehicle accident, and suffered a concussion and hc4 disc herniation. After struggling to find relief through cortisone shots and back adjustments, he sought help from Ray at our clinic in Columbus, GA.

“After my accident, my doctor only offered shots or surgery to provide relief, but I reached out to Ray to see if he could help through physical therapy. When I started, I was struggling to move my neck, and within just two sessions I gained 18º of mobility! This improvement alone gave me pain relief and a better quality of life. I work as a personal trainer, and Ray has helped many of my own clients at the gym. I’m able to refer my clients to Ray because I have personally benefitted so much from Therapy South. What sets them apart is that their goal is the same as yours: they want you to gain independence and be able to exercise pain-free, on your own!”

– Johnathan Eberhardt, Personal Trainer, Patient

Jean is a local tennis pro who visited Therapy South after her surgery to address a frozen shoulder and a bone spur.

“About a year ago, after taking some time off from tennis during quarantine, my shoulder starting hurting while serving. I thought it would get better, but I ended up with a bone spur and needed shoulder surgery. Nathan had helped me through some tennis injuries in the past at Therapy South, and I called him to help with my recovery immediately after surgery. I’m already back to teaching on the court, which brings me a lot of joy! I’ve felt like I’m in good hands at Therapy South – you don’t feel like a number, but they give you specific time and attention.”

– Jean, Tennis Pro and Shoulder Patient

Rosemarie came to see us at our Opelika clinic, hoping that physical therapy could be a path to avoid back surgery and other procedures. As we have exercised and stretched together, her muscles have strengthened so that she can sustain her daily activities without the pain she was experiencing!

“When I began to have back and sciatic nerve pain, my doctor mentioned surgery, but I wanted that to be my last resort. My niece recommended I visit Therapy South and see if they could help. They really care about you as a patient and give you one-on-one attention. They helped me evaluate my activity level and how my therapy was progressing. The exercises and stretches that they have taught me have strengthened me and allowed me to do the things I love for longer without pain. I’ve been able to avoid surgery, and I leave each visit with tools to use at home to continue improving!”

– Rosemarie Shevelev, Patient

Roger was referred to Therapy South after a trucking accident in 2020. He has worked with our Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists to recover from his surgeries and get his mobility, strength, and functionality back.

“I was headed to Tuscaloosa when the load shifted on my truck and turned over. The truck immediately caught fire, and I was pulled out of the cab by another driver. He saved my life. I had severe burns on my legs and hands. I was in the hospital for 2 months, and they referred me to Therapy South. They have helped me with my mobility and regaining strength in my legs, hips, shoulders, and hands. I couldn’t stand straight up when I first arrived, and now I can stand up! The therapists at Therapy South know what they’re doing, and they really care. They’ve helped me feel comfortable and a part of the family!”

– Roger Dill, Truck Driver, OT + PT Patient