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Mon, Oct 23, 2023 at 06:39 PM

Therapy made ‘big difference’ after hip replacement

Charlotte Kruk gets excited about putting on her socks. That’s because a bad hip made the simplest things like getting dressed too difficult and painful. Not anymore, though, thanks to surgery and some great rehab therapy.

“This has helped tremendously,” said the 80-year-old. “I can put my socks on now. I am one lucky person. “

Charlotte completed 12 weeks at Marshall Therapy & Sports Rehab then was cleared to return in a year. She didn’t wait though - she hits the gym every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In the heated pool, she does her own therapy using the exercises she learned. After that, she heads to the machines to do 20 minutes on a stationary bike. She feels like a new person.

“The therapy made such a big difference,” she says. “I was driving in two weeks. It helped tremendously.”

Charlotte can’t say enough about the physical therapists who led her from limited mobility to being the picture of health.

“The therapists are the best,” she says. They make you want to work harder. They’re all here to help you. It takes a very special person to do this kind of work. They’re all so personable.”

Originally from Missouri, Kruk and her husband Jerry moved six years ago to Guntersville where they have a daughter. They love their lake view and enjoy watching their two beloved dogs play in the water. Charlotte has been busy moving plants inside her new greenhouse to protect them through the winter – something she wouldn’t have been able to do last fall before surgery and therapy.

“I’m a lucky duck,” she says.