Once the best, always the best
An avid athlete, Lauren Lewan has used the Sports Medicine Center (SMC)
services at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center since the mid 1980's,
receiving care for her various sports related injuries. When her son injured
himself wrestling, she brought him to the SMC as well. As an adult, Lauren
has continued to trust the Physical Therapy Department for her rehab needs.
Recently, while training for a half marathon, Lauren developed a debilitating
hip Bursitis. With the race day approaching, again she turned to the physical
therapy department she’s trusted for the past 30 years.
Comfortable and Confident
'“I’ve been going to [PVHMC] for my sports injuries since
I was in high school, and that’s a long time! It’s the only
place I would ever go. I just feel so confident and comfortable with them.”
Optimism and Guidance!
Lauren limped into her first physical therapy appointment, unable to walk
normally, much less train for a race, due to severe pain on the side of
her hip. She was adamant about keeping the half marathon on her race calendar.
While others suggested Lauren not train or race at all, her therapist
was much more optimistic. Lauren started on a customized therapy program
including pain relieving and anti-inflammatory modalities, stretching
and strengthening exercises for the hip, and alternative cardiovascular
training so she wouldn’t decondition. Lauren was determined, and
her therapist was confident.
“Two and a half months later I completed my first half marathon!”
Competing in the half marathon was important to Lauren, because she was
doing so to support one of her students with Tourette Syndrome. Two and
a half months after limping into Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
(PVHMC), Lauren competed in her first half marathon. There’s no
stopping her now, as she’s currently registered to participate in
the hospital’s Holiday Half Marathon on December 14th. Lauren’s
grateful to the Hospital’s rehabilitation team for their care and
support over the years and she’s excited to be racing again!