My Road back to Running

Hi there! My name is Alexis Kinney, and I was a patient with Comprehensive Physical Therapy Center. My experience with Comprehensive Physical Therapy Center was a blessing because it helped me to get back to doing things that I love, and I can never thank the people there enough.


I am an avid runner, rock climber, skier -you know, the usual outdoor activist. But, when last ski season ended with two torn lateral meniscus in both my knees, the pain wasn’t the only thing that affected me.

I became leery of doing anything that would cause my knees to be any worse than they already were. I never got the chance to get surgery for my knees. This was unfortunate because I had to deal with healing without the proper strengthening of those muscles. It affected my running, as well as any activities that dealt with those specific muscles.

When I went to college that fall, I felt it would be the perfect time to try out new routes around campus to stay in shape. Unfortunately, I found out shortly thereafter that my knees were going to keep me from running farther than a few steps.

That situation was just not going to work for me. Luckily, one of my friends worked at Comprehensive Physical Therapy Center. She came to my rescue and recommended that I try going to the office she worked at, and have the physical therapists take a look at my knees.

I was a little skeptical, because by that point, I was such a mess. I didn’t think it would get any better. Along with my knees, I also dealt with weak ankles, and that threw off my stride. But my first visit changed my skepticism into a bout of hope.

My therapist was wonderful. While taking a look at the areas that needed work, we found common ground in our love of running, which was comforting. By the end of my first visit, I knew that over the next few weeks, I had to work on my hips, knees and ankles. I had no idea, though, what it would take to strengthen them. Well, boy did I find out.

Throughout the following weeks, I had the pleasure of working with Kea. She worked with me endlessly, and I always walked out of the clinic sore -which in my case, was a good thing.

In addition to my visits at CPTC, I also did various exercises to strengthen those weak muscles. Those could be taxing on me, especially after a long day of class. But over time, I could tell that I was becoming stronger. I have everyone from CPTC to thank for that.

Without their flexibility, hospitality, and friendliness, I wouldn’t have been able to overcome my knee injury, and I wouldn’t be able to do what I love.  Thankfully, with their home exercises, I’m able to keep it up.

I am so thankful and grateful to have met everyone at CPTC. I can never thank you guys enough! If I ever have to go back to PT, I know who exactly to call!


– Alexis Kinney – Former Patient – 3 Mile Clinic

Used with permission.


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