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12/10/2016
By: Jim W.
Ace Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
Knee Surgery Recovery to Backpacking the Grand CanyonIt all started with a sharp intense pain on the right knee directly after a slip on a muddy surface under the bridge of Braddock Road in Springfield, VA.For those that are familiar with this area the rain causes the mud erosion to build directly under this bridge. So later in pain I went to the orthopedics office that after MRI’s and X-rays diagnoses me with Arthroscopy of the knee (torn Cartilage). We scheduled my surgical appointment for mid January with much hesitation because my wife and I had already made reservations on a three day backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon. My orthopedic medical doctor assured me with the proper physical therapy from ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine I could hike on this trip even with the strenuous steep elevation changes.The surgery went smoothly and immediately I was in ACE physical therapy for three days per week. All of the therapist were very understanding and respected my goal of this large looming trek ahead of me. ACE succeeded in getting my knee repaired with total confidence. Even carrying an extra weight because of the lack of water within the canyon (total 42 lbs) for 20 miles my wife and I enjoyed this venture down to the lower canyon and back up again.My wife and I both thank you for your sincere integrity and ACE’s physical therapy team’s knowledge and skills for making this hiking trip enjoyable and successful (we have plenty of pictures too). You and your team are amazing and today I am still backpacking but now on the Appalachian Trail. Eagle Trail DancerAKA Jim Ward
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02/25/2016
By: William R.
Ace Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
I went to ACE physical therapy in Herndon to see Dr. Tonya Mitchell with some major lower back pain. The pain was so bad I couldn't stand straight, after 4 weeks going 3 times a week, I'm almost 100%. She understands pain and pain management. The staff at the Herndon office is AWESOME as well, specifically Sam! Both are very helpful and keep you on track. They are super flexible with appointments. If it wasn't for both of them, I’d still be in pain. I would recommend to anybody in need of physical therapy. Thanks to the both of you!
01/29/2016
By: Paula B.
Ace Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
I came to Dr Tonya Mitchell with a regularly inflamed sprain in my lower back. After 4 weeks of therapy, I was able to shovel copious amounts of snow without any pain or stiffness. This is a small miracle for me! She helped me meet my goal of strengthening my back and has given me a home exercise routine to maintain that strength. She is delightful to work with and very knowledgable about health/anatomy/wellness. Don't hesitate to meet with her.
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11/06/2016
By: Dina F.
Ace Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
I had Acromioplasty on my left shoulder 5 months ago. I did physical therapy for 2 month post op but I had this pinching sharp pain that wouldn't go away. Ever since I started my PT at Ace with Dr. Tonya things got a lot better. The pain is now minimal I can lift my shoulder and do over head activity. My shoulder feels much stronger. Dr. Tonya is such a friendly person and everyone there is just extremely nice and helpful.
04/26/2017
By: Laura g. L.
Elite Health Injury Rehab Services
I hope he's working somewhere more affordable now because I absolutely most definitely would've gone back if it weren't for their too-steep-for-my-blood prices. At $112+ for an hour massage, I wouldn't be able to buy as much clothes each month!
05/24/2016
By: Nadia A.
Ace Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
Tanya Mitchell has been great in finding the root of my problems. I am very happy the care i have been receiving from Tanya. I have improved a lot and i would defiantly refer a friend to Ace Physical Therapy.
11/22/2016
By: James G.
Ace Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
Went to ACE for PT after rotator cuff surgery. Everyone there was great - very professional and friendly. Shoulder is doing much better thanks to Tonya and the rest of the PT staff.
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09/21/2015
By: Alyssa A.
Ace Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
The best place for physical therapy! Everyone is so friendly and extremely attentive! The treatment I received was amazing and I am doing so much better.
Tips & Advices
At the first appointment with a physical therapist, Expect an overall assessment of your condition, which may include exercises to understand your range of motion, balance, and strength. Based on that information, the therapist can then design a regimen.
Physical therapists can work in a variety of environments. While many choose to work in a physical therapy clinic, others will operate out of hospitals and are also able to make house calls to help patients who need in-home assistance and rehabilitation.
Physical therapists can specialize in sports medicine, women's health, geriatric, neurologic, orthopedic​, pediatric, and cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, among others.
See a physical therapist following a serious muscle or bone injury, especially if pain doesn't go away within a few days, is recurring and dull, or is frequent and sharp. Book an appointment if medication is not helping or if your doctor recommends it.
The majority of health insurance plans do include physical therapy treatment, but the amount covered and the co-pay for patients varies person-to-person. Medicare and workers’ compensation both cover physical therapy.

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