Dr. Penrose released her new book in March 2020. On the podcast she outlines the book and how it was developed as a practical way to help people with knee pain, back pain, achilles, hip and more. Dr. Penrose tells 2 patient stories to highlight what physical therapist’s do in order to fix your “medical diagnosis.” For example she tells a story of Amy diagnosed with “peroneal tendonitis” from her doctor. Amy went to 3 other providers for treatment: acupuncture, podiatry/orthotics, and a physical therapist that did exercises and deep tissue massage. None of the interventions “fixed the problem.” Amy could only walk 6 min before burning lower leg pain. Once a slow motion video analysis was done at Penrose PT we could see she had a foot type that stayed on the outer border too long and overworked those outer leg muscles causing the peroneal tendonitis. No amount of massage or exercise was going to fix this biomechanical issue. She needed a specific kind of orthotic that would help even out the forces as her foot struck the ground. She needed a device that would help her to use the inside arch and foot more and take load off the outer part of her leg that was getting peroneal tendonitis. You see a medical diagnosis such as “tendonitis” or “bursitis” or “piriformis syndrome” or “IT band syndrome” does not tell you ALL the causes of the pain. AND the causes can be multifactorial which is why you need a physical therapist that is good at analyzing structure and movement.
Dr. Jennifer Penrose explains why “Stay Healthy South Sound” started and what the purpose is for the podcast going forward.