I’ve suffered from right knee instability and knee dislocations for 13 years, always assuming that feeling shaky on my legs and missing out on activities was something I was just going to have to “deal with” for the rest of my life. Feeling frustrated and experiencing a broad range of related aches and pains, I visited Dimitry looking for a magic answer. He worked with me one on one, explaining to me the anatomical root of my problems, and showing me a few foolproof exercises I could do to keep my instability in line. To my own dismay however, I did not listen! I stopped doing my exercises and any strength training altogether. I believed I “didn’t have the time” and if I did, preferred to do cardio because it “felt better.” Big mistake.
4 years later, I dislocated my left knee (which I thought had no problems) severely, tearing my MPFL (medial patellofemoral ligament) completely. This resulted in an MPFL reconstruction surgery, a triple whammy of procedures that pulled me out of my senior year of college early and left me unable to walk for about 5 months. The recovery time for this surgery is projected at a year to 16months.
Enter Dimitry for the 2nd time. And this time, you better believe I listened to what he told me! Dimitry worked with me from the early days of post-op until 7 months out of the surgery. In the early days, he helped me avoid discouragement and celebrate the “small wins,” even if it meant bending my legs a few degrees more. From there Dimitry gave me the highest caliber of individualized attention and education. Instead of telling me just to do exercises, he walked me through why those specific exercises were crucial given my unique makeup. Most importantly, Dimitry taught me how to do few vitally important exercises very, very well. He helped me create a program that was realistic yet impactful. 2-3 times a week for 45 minutes to an hour. No exceptions.
As Dimitry told me many times, it’s not rocket science. Do his program in proper form, with consistency, and you will become stronger and move better. The difference is Dimitry’s personalized, truly concierge approach in assessing his clients and enabling them to take ownership of their recovery.
8 months after my surgery, I feel stronger and more empowered than ever. I just moved to San Francisco and am climbing hills like it’s no problem. But I make doing my exercises (or in my family as we call “doing our Dimitry”) a priority every week.
Thank you, Dimitry
Clients come in all the time with complaints of ‘flat feet’ or ankle sprains. Doctors all recommend that we ‘strengthen’ the ankle and work on ‘balance exercises.’ New Flash: most ankles are plenty strong! They’re just not that smart. What they don’t have is proprioception, or position sense. They don’t know what to do when the heel hits the ground or when push-off occurs. Through proper cuing, releasing of the right tissues & guiding what proper weight-bearing is supposed to feel like, client are better able to load their foot & with much less effort. That’s EFFICIENCY! That’s BETTER!
PT with Dimitry was life changing! He treats the source of the problem; not the symptom like many other PTs. After 10 years of chronic pain in my hands Dimitry correctly diagnosed what a renowned hand surgeon and 2 other PTs missed. — The problem was with my neck and shoulders, not with my hands.
Before seeing Dimitry I was taking regular pain medications, treating with massages and wearing hand braces at work. Now, a mere few months after treatment I have increased mobility in my hands, I don’t need to wear the braces and I only have sporadic mild discomfort in my hands. I’m confident that where I had once resigned to live with the pain in my hands that I will soon be pain free!
🙌🙌🙌🙌 word. Coaches be careful with your knees out cues. I’ve been treating lots more injuries from this and have been teaching my clients better alternatives for a few years now. (Via Lauren Beasley Shanaphy)