Tenacity: Becky T.

My favorite word is Tenacity.  No one better defines and represents that word than Becky T.  We first met as I taught her CrossFit OnRamp.  Words of encouragement and reassurance regarding movements being infinitely scale-able and modifiable flew out of my mouth.  But, I won’t lie, in my head I was thinking, “Okay, how are we going to do this?”.  So, right then and there, together, we made a plan and a commitment to a long journey.  A journey that started with physical therapy to address a previously severe hip injury, continued due to a bizarre series of  shoulder complications, and now remains as a friendship.

-Casey Baczewski, DPT


Front Rack Dumbbell Air Squat

Becky T. says:

“SBPT has helped me the most by improving my mobility and showing me that even small improvements can lead to great results. When I first came to SBPT, I had just started CrossFit and could not even squat to parallel due to joint pain and instability in my right hip from an old injury. My gait was off and I was also battling chronic joint pain and inflammation from an autoimmune disorder. Working with Casey has shown me that it is possible to build stability and increase mobility no matter what your physical limitations are.

A few months into PT for my hip, I ended up with an injury that resulted in tears in two of the tendons in my right shoulder. I received injections in my shoulder at a specialist to help the tears heal, but ended up having a reaction to the injections and was barely able to move my right arm. Some days I would come to PT and all that my arm would tolerate was dangling in the water of the PT pool. It was a long and challenging road regaining range of motion in my shoulder, and it still isn’t perfect. With the help of SBPT, I have gradually added different movements back in and strengthened the muscles supporting my shoulder. Casey came up with countless exercises and CrossFit modifications that made it possible for me to keep working out during my injury, as it was important to me that I didn’t lose all of the progress I had made prior to hurting my shoulder.

My greatest victory so far was competing in the CrossFit main event team competition this March. I was able to complete all of the workouts (some with modifications) and when I saw a photograph of myself taken during the competition I was squatting BELOW parallel.

I truly believe that I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of SBPT and Casey. Casey has shown me that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought possible, that I do not have to be defined by my chronic illness, and that functional fitness can help to improve your ability to perform daily activities without pain or discomfort. Her positive attitude and compassion for her patients helps set SBPT apart from everyone else. Casey understands the body and helps her patients keep moving through exercise. SBPT is so much more than just PT, it is a community.”

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