I have been having on and off pain in my lumbar and hip area for years. Never could identify what would trigger it and would usually resolve itself after a few days. Doctor visits never really helped other than prescribing muscle relaxers. On January 30,2019 I had another episode with pain that would not allow me to do simple things such as put on my socks or bend at the waist, or ever lean forward while brushing my teeth. The usual self-treatments that worked in the past did not work this time.
After considering chiropractic treatment and ruling that out due to insurance issues I decided to check out physical therapy at a hospital. I was familiar with Ochsner Physical Therapy from a problem with my knee years ago, so I stopped in to their new facility on Driftwood. As soon as I went in, I saw about 30 people in the waiting room and knew that was not the place for me.
On February 26th while driving home I drove by Babin Physical Therapy that I have driven by thousand of times over the years, since it is only a few blocks from my home. I decided to call as soon as I got home and was greeted by Rachel, the Front Desk Coordinator. I explained to Rachel what my problem was and asked if I could get an evaluation and have their recommendation sent to my primary care doctor so that he could consider ordering PT to help me. She set me up with an appointment the same day. I was in their office two hours after I placed the call!!
I met with Mike Babin, the owner and Physical Therapist. He was very thorough in his examination and evaluation. He advised me that I had SI Joint Dysfunction; basically, my sacroiliac joint was out of alignment and that was causing my pain. Mike knew immediately what the probable cause of this was…the position I sleep. He told me that I sleep on my side and demonstrated on the treatment table. He was 100% correct!! He then did an adjustment to my SI Joint and immediately I felt so much better. Mike told me the correct way to sleep on my side, with a pillow between my legs to keep my knees and feet from turning my hips. He also prepared a thorough treatment plan to strengthen my core and increase my range of motion, including giving me exercises that could do at home. Mike sent a report to my doctor and his recommended plan of care was approved.
I participated in my treatment over a period of about 6 weeks, going 3 times a week. While undergoing treatment and exercises at the office I worked with Jen, Hannah, and Ja’Riel. These professionals are very thorough and got me through the treatment plan. I appreciated that they were demanding and were always caring and concerned about my progress. Rachel always worked with my schedule when making my appointments and handling my insurance paperwork.
I am happy to say that my treatment has gone very well and that I no longer have any pain and my range of motion and flexibility have drastically improved. More importantly, I finally know what has caused this pain over the years and how to reduce the possibility that it will return by doing the recommended exercises and proper sleep posture. If you are looking for physical therapy where you get real one on one treatment and therapists who are legitimately concerned for your health, then look no further than Babin P.T. Mike and his whole Staff are genuinely nice people who know their craft! If I need PT in the future Babin PT will be the people I call and I highly recommend. Thanks for all your help.
- Robert G