September 2018 - I was rushed to the ER with extreme pain in my leg and foot from sciatica. I was diagnosed with severe herniation (13mm) in my back (L5-S1). The ER doctor immediately referred me to a surgeon and said I would need to schedule the surgery ASAP. I met with my family doctor the next day who recommended trying physical therapy first. However, I was in such pain that I still met with the surgeon that week as well.
The surgeon told me that physical therapy would not help and "the only way to fix it is with surgery." He said the disc will not move. I also met with Sean at Apex Physical Therapy. He was very confident that he could help me avoid surgery and also told me that the disc will move! He also set my expectations properly and told me it could take 2-6 months because of the severity of the herniation. I went ahead and scheduled the surgery 6 weeks out (just in case) and continued with the therapy against the surgeon's recommendation.
I started noticing minor improvement and decided to postpone the surgery (6 days before it was scheduled) for the following month. I continued working with Sean 2-3 times per week. I had some ups and downs and was close to giving up several times, but Sean encouraged me to stick with it and I'm glad I did. I noticed even more improvement the following month and canceled the surgery for good this time.
3 1/2 months later my sciatica pain subsided and Sean changed the therapy to focus on regaining full function of my back. I'm now very happy to report that I have NO PAIN, and more importantly avoided the surgery that 3 doctors told me I absolutely needed. Sean is an expert in his field who truly cares and wants to fix his patients. I will recommend Apex Physical Therapy and Sean Lee to all of my family and friends!"
Tillena E. C.'s Story
" My first time at Apex Physical Therapy, I was being seen for sciatica pain. Hannah was [my] intake therapist and initially got me on my way. I was in a lot of pain and could not function without feeling as if someone was literally stabbing me in the back. She had me doing stretches and exercises that helped to alleviate the pain. While attending therapy, I was found to have a torn meniscus. I immediately came to the office and asked if they could incorporate this new therapy with my current one. They did so with no problem. Sarah took over my therapy and made sure to stick with Hannah's agenda as well as add additional exercises to ensure my safety, well-being, and most importantly my stability. Any questions, concerns, or issues I had were immediately addressed and I never left a session confused about my treatment. While there I also had the pleasure of being attended to by two students, Caitlyn and Laura. Under the watchful and caring tutelage of Hannah and Sarah here at Apex [Physical] Therapy, I'm sure that they will confidently excel at meeting the needs of their future patients as well. These women are now more than my therapists, but my friends for life. Sidebar: Jessica is an amazing receptionist and always willing to help when and where needed. We are ALL in this together. Thank you ALL!"
Donna L.'s Story
"I came in with neck pain and after 2 or 3 sessions my neck pain was gone and did not return. I have many problems with my back from the neck down. These were addressed. My posture is much better and I am more flexible. This the third time I have been to Apex Physical Therapy and with my continuing exercise (I keep doing what they taught me), I am VERY HAPPY with the results of the therapy!
I received therapy at 2 other places before coming to Apex and found this to be more effective"
Laura R.'s Story
"They [Apex Physical Therapy] are fantastic! Had pain in my legs that no amount of stretching helped. Tried everything.
[I] was so depressed and my life was negatively affected.
Erica figured out it was my back! [She] gave me simple exercises and the pain went away. So grateful to them all!"
Senita H.'s Story
"When I first came, I could hardly walk and that was in December, 2019. But, everyone here at Apex worked with me and gave me some great workout plans for home and while I was in therapy. The Apex staff is awesome. Sarah and Hannah have been very patient with me and knowledgeable. If they didn’t know what to do, they researched it and discussed what to do with each other to help me get better.
Thank you all so much!"
Debra Z.'s Story
"I have had neck problems my whole life. I have tried many different things over the years. I was having so much pain - especially trying to sleep. After waiting four months to see a specialist in Chicago, he prescribed finding a McKenzie Method certified therapist. Sean Lee is that person!
Within 3 sessions, I felt like a new person, and am so happy with the results. Best of all, Sean teaches exercises to use for the future that will maintain the good results. I am so excited to recommend Sean and the McKenzie Method to my friends and family."
Jacob C.'s Story
"I came in for TMJ issues, which I original thought was just in my jaw, turns out the issue was both in my jaw and in my neck. I would have never known this if I hadn't come to Apex. Sarah and Hannah were very thorough and very good at their jobs. Now my jaw feels more relaxed and my neck more flexible. They gave me exercises to do at home to maintain my flexibility. Overall, I had a great experience and would definitely use Apex again for any issues I have in the future."
William F.'s Story
"I was having pain down both arms and the neck exercises I performed helped eliminate that pain. I'm glad I came to therapy. Only took 4 visits."
Adrian B.'s Story
"Sean gives undivided attention as a therapist and will try his hardest to improve your condition."
Jesus K.'s Story
"I came in with neck, back, and shoulder pain after a car accident that totaled my car. I couldn't even move my neck or even stand without pain. After 7 weeks my neck is fully functional and I can go back to my busy life. Thank you guys!! Amazing!!!"
Michael S.' Story
"I am a survivor of a gun shot wound to the lower back. I could not get out of a chair at home. When I came to Apex Physical Therapy the doctor was great. I'm getting up on my own, I'm lifting everything. This happened on January 3rd, 2020, [and] today is my last day. I have no back pain, I'm one hundred percent. The doctor knows what he's doing, the place is clean, and he sanitized every time before the next client. There's not enough stars to give this place. I got my wife coming now and her first day was great."
Gail H.'s Story
"Sean Lee at Apex Physical Therapy has really helped me in getting rid of back pain & giving me exercise to maintain [it]. I started out not being able to lie on my side. Going up stairs I had to pull myself up with the hand rails. Now I can easily walk up steps, [and] I can sleep on my side. I highly recommend him."
Kelly B.'s Story
"I started coming to Apex about a month ago due to a fall. I was having back and knee pain and with exercise and rest the pain started going away. I just finished my therapy today 4-09-2020 and I feel great."
Delores J.'s Story
"Sean takes the time to explain everything and why we are doing the exercises and stretches that we are. He's very thorough and willing to push me, but still listens to my concerns and limitations. Every other time at physical therapy, the pain got worse. This is the first and only time I've gotten relief from the pain."
James B.'s Story
"When you first enter [Apex Physical Therapy], the first person that you will encounter is the very courteous receptionist. After filling out your paper work you are introduced to your [Therapist] and I found that my [Therapist] had a tremendous knowledge base of my problems. I noticed that they had excellent work out equipment and are very professional I have made great progress [because of them] with my prosthetic leg."
Scott M.'s Story
"I feel like therapy has really helped my shoulder. Since I've been coming here I feel a big difference. I am able to raise my arm up higher and move my neck better."
Lyne P.'s Story
"I have to say that my experience here was a very pleasant one. Hannah and Sarah were both great, along with Jessica. Thank you for making this a very great outcome."
Tatyannna R.'s Story
"I came here for lower back pain [and] my back has improved day by day for the past three weeks. Doing the home exercise program has helped tremendously and everyone here is wonderful! I no longer have back pain and have learned how to manage, everyone here is awesome."
Erlinda M.'s Story
"The treatments I received at Apex Physical Therapy were outstanding! The therapist goes right to the source, listens, explains what's going on, how to do treatments and at home exercises. He's No. 1! I have never felt better. I highly recommend Sean."
Angela B.'s Story
"Sean really took the time to make sure you were doing the exercises correctly. He is very friendly but also professional. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
Marlow G.'s Story
"I was a patient at Apex Physical Therapy and I came in because of pain in my right wrist and left upper neck. I would like to say not only did they resolve my problems, but also made me a believer of this new method of therapy. I did enjoy it and appreciate the one-on-one with the therapist. It really helped!"
Richard F.'s Story
"Been coming for two months- Have had better results than I had with other therapists for the last six years. Sean is great to work with and is very knowledgeable. Will be recommending Apex Physical Therapy and Bionic whenever I can."
Larry J.'s Story
"I arrived at [Apex Physical Therapy] with Neck and shoulder pain which limited arm movement. 3 visits and I seem to be fixed!"
Kurt S' Story
"My back, neck, and part of my legs were injured, and I was off work for three months. The [Apex] Physical Therapy team worked miracles on me and got me ready to go back to my [physically demanding] job. They all went the extra mile and that made all the difference."
Larry W.'s Story
"I first had an injury in my back in high school [and] was in pain for over 10 years. I was diagnosed with [a] slipped disc [and] had problems driving, sitting, and sleeping. I finally came to Apex Physical Therapy and have had exceptional care. I feel a lot better. I no longer have leg pain or back pain [and] I am able to lift my leg with no pain and sit with no pain. I would highly recommend anybody who is having similar problems to come to Apex Physical Therapy to get the help you need."
Brenda I.'s Story
"When I first started coming [to Apex Physical Therapy] I was in so much pain, but after several visits and proper stretching, my pain has pretty much gone away! I would definitely recommend coming here and would come back if I need any further services."
Linda S.' Story
"Apex Physical Therapy listens to what the patients have to say. They work on the problem and provide relief until the issue is completely resolved. I haven't found any better physical therapy!"
Devin W.'s Story
"I am highly satisfied with Sean and Apex Physical Therapy. Within three weeks my pain has completely gone away and my neck feels the best it's been in years. I feel like I'm 16 again!"
Michael C.'s Story
"[The staff] are all concerned about the treatment of the patients, what helps, what makes it worse, how it is feeling and progressing. If I am to ever need physical therapy in the future, this will be my very first consideration."
Sue K.'s Story
"My experience with Apex Physical Therapy was excellent! I went to therapy after rotator cuff surgery. The team was caring and knowledgeable. They took care of all of my insurance needs as well as therapy. I would recommend [Apex Physical Therapy] to everyone."
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