I got more involved with my career as a physical therapist when I started my practice in 2013. I began to realize that helping surfer's stay in the water longer in life was having profound affects on their overall mental and physical health... way above and beyond the injury they were coming to see me for.
I powered through, and went back to work within about 2 weeks from the first surgery... perhaps too soon, but I didn't really have the time or finances to rest.
I was back on my shortboard within the year surfing at Pavones, and for the most part I was doing alright.
One day while working an extra shift at a skilled nursing facility,I was transferring a patient from his bed to chair. My patient lost continence, I slipped in poo, re-injuring the a disc in my back I'd had surgery on 4 years prior. Before I knew it, I was out of work, unable to do the activities I loved, having trouble with my marriage, and realizing that without surfing or the ability to work, I didn't even know who I was anymore.
To make things more challenging, I found myself battling an ugly work- comp case, trying to get my medical care and a second back surgery covered. When neither my insurance or the work comp would pay for care, I made the choice to seek out a doctor in Panama. Even though I had to pay out of pocket for injections and a surgery, and leave the country for a while, it was worth it just to get back on track.
Just a few weeks after posting about my post-operative success getting back in the ocean and on my board, I came down with some crazy cold, and literally re-herniated the disc in my back AGAIN after a sneezing and coughing episode.
I tried 4-5 months of conservative management but even with intensive physical therapy, pilates, meditation, acupuncture, diet changes, (and more), my back pain was holding me back from getting back in the water and from my 'normal' life.
Over the course of a month, I started losing strength in my right leg, the pain became unmanageable, and while my back pain completely disappeared, it was replaced with nerve pain that I had never experienced before.
3 trips to the ER and A LOT of advocating later, I had a 3rd surgery date scheduled to remove the disc in my back that was causing so many problems. Having titanium put in my spine was something I had been vehemently against.. for personal and professional reasons.. But when you start losing leg function, it sounds like a pretty decent option.
Here's a few things I'd like to share based on this whole crazy experience:
As a healthcare provider, I am committed to helping people stay active in their sport of choice throughout one’s lifespan. Realizing that activities around the water and outdoors provides tremendous physiological and psychological health benefits is what drove me to start my practice Surfer’s Edge Physical Therapy in 2013, later expanding to Surf Body Connection to include online surf wellness courses and coaching in 2016.
Physical Therapy Licenses:
California: 35208 | Maine: 4589 | Hawaii: 3388| Wyoming 1829| Idaho 5978
Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) – Chapman University
B.A. Psychobiology- University California Santa Cruz
Certificate in Massage Therapy- Mueller College of Holistic Studies
Certified Life Coach-Life Purpose Institute
Certified: Selective Functional Movement Systems, Functional Movement Systems, Y-Balance Test, Titleist Performance Institute.
"Shane did a very professional and comprehensive assessment of a shoulder that I injured putting up siding. Suffered with the soreness for months. Wish I had talked to her right away. Loved the way she listened. Her advice was spot on. I was from out of town and used her guidance to get PT locally. Three months after her assessment I was enjoying a summer golf league with no concerns. "
" I adore Shane and she is a FANTASTIC physical therapist and person! I have had two injuries in the past year and I trusted going to her to assess before even wasting my time or money going through the traditional avenues. She is a whiz at knowing the alignment and structure of the human body and the work she does and exercises she recommend provide immediate improvement and success. I would recommend her to all of my family and friends (and have!) "
" "I went to Shane after back surgery to fuse my L3-4 joint and some very unremarkable post-op visits to a common physical therapist... I am happy to say that I am not only surfing again but I'm as active as I was prior to my back issues. I would highly recommend Shane to anyone." "