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PT renews life for osteoma patient

Maria Kuroshchepova tries physical therapy at Pardee Rehabilitation in Arden to relieve the discomfort stemming from her skeletal defects. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Maria Kuroshchepova tries physical therapy at Pardee Rehabilitation in Arden to relieve the discomfort stemming from her skeletal defects.

The 42-year-old not only has a high-seated spine, but also osteoma -- a benign bone growth around the joints.

"So, between those, I had a very limited mobility in my back and my hip joint," she said.

"Her back was just really, really tight," explained Ben Wood, DPT, with Southeastern Physical Therapy at Pardee Rehabilitation. "So, we just wanted to loosen everything up -- loosen up the hips, loosen up the back and build up the stability around that."

Kuroshchepova was so determined to strengthen her back and hips that she completed six weeks of physical therapy in only 4 1/2 weeks.

The results have been more than amazing.

"Most of the time, I am (now) pain free," she insisted.

"What she's doing next is her own motivation and her own activities and just being smart about it," said Wood.

Anything to avoid getting closer to surgery, disability, and the inability to work.

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