Back pain

Cindy Beattie, 68, remembers how painful her knee used to feel at night. The pain was so bad, she couldn’t get comfortable when she was trying to fall asleep. Cindy had been having knee issues for more than 15 years – ranging from torn cartilage and a torn meniscus to arthritis.

After receiving numerous treatments, such as steroid injections and arthroscopic surgery for meniscus tears – Cindy’s doctor referred her to William Abraham, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at UPMC Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers, for knee replacement surgery.

Before her procedure, Dr. Abraham recommended Cindy undergo physical therapy with Amy Seeley, MPT, a physical therapist and facility director of UPMC Centers for Rehab Services’ (CRS) Mars location.

“She was very thorough. I’ve been to a lot of physical therapy sessions with different therapists, and Amy was the most professional and down-to-earth,” says Cindy, who lives close by in Valencia. “I was very pleased.” Cindy’s knee was replaced in late February 2018 at UPMC Passavant–McCandless and she continued to see Amy for five weeks of orthopaedic post-surgical physical therapy.

“Amy was firmly encouraging, but reasonable on my capabilities. She pushed me,” says Cindy, a retired registered nurse who worked in the post anesthesia care unit at UPMC Passavant–Cranberry until 2017.

Nowadays, Cindy is feeling great and back to doing what she loves: gardening and giving back to the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has sewn nearly 400 masks. Cindy also creates feminine hygiene products for girls who do not have access to them through the international organization Days for Girls.

She continues to work with Amy, but in a different way. She now makes handled straps for UPMC CRS post-operative total knee replacement patients so that they don’t need to purchase one for their exercises.

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Rehabilitating Cindy’s Better Half

In 2020, Cindy’s husband, Jeff, started to experience back pain. Constant muscle spasms kept him awake at night – causing him to lose sleep for months. Sessions with a chiropractor helped relieve his pain, but the spasms remained. Jeff, 70, turned to his primary care physician, who wrote him a prescription for one month of physical therapy.

Witnessing the success Cindy had with Amy at UPMC CRS, Jeff made an appointment with Amy and was prescribed a strong exercise regimen as part of his therapy.

“Within one week of working with Amy, my back quit spasming,” says Jeff. “I still had some pain though, so she put me on an exercise regimen to loosen my back muscles. She came up with techniques to stretch my muscles, which relieved my discomfort.”

PT Backed by the Latest Rehabilitation Research

Along with physical therapy, the UPMC CRS’ Mars office, in Suite 200 at 6998 Crider Road, offers these services for patients of all ages, with a focus on individualized attention:

  • Gait and balance dysfunction rehabilitation
  • Limb-loss program
  • Orthopaedic post-surgical physical therapy

UPMC CRS has additional locations in the north in Wexford and Cranberry. Our therapies follow the most up-to-date research for rehabilitation and we treat numerous conditions, from arthritis and tendinitis to injuries and lingering symptoms from COVID-19, post-intensive care, or other extended hospital stay.

In most cases, a referral from your physician is not required to schedule an appointment with UPMC Centers for Rehab Services. Direct Access physical therapy makes it easy to book an appointment. You can search more locations online or schedule an appointment at 1-888-723-4277, option 2.

About UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

Whatever your therapy need – physical, occupational, or speech – UPMC Center for Rehab Services can create a personalized treatment plan for you. We have more than 70 outpatient facilities throughout western Pennsylvania, with convenient hours for your schedule. Our therapies follow the most up-to-date research for rehabilitation, and we treat numerous conditions, from arthritis and tendinitis, to injuries and symptoms related to other medical conditions.