Macomb woman fights body pain with therapy

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — A Macomb woman is able to comb her hair and handle everyday abilities after a local physical therapist helped her gain her strength back in her shoulder.

78-year-old Annette Curtis discovered pain in her right shoulder in August. Doctors told her she had a supraspinatus strain that had torn. 

“It was so bad that I couldn’t even raise my arm up,” Curtis said. “It was difficult for me to even comb my own hair.”

Curtis said her doctor told her to look into physical therapy. Curtis went to AGE Rehab and Medical Fitness in Macomb with the hopes to regain her strength. Since she started therapy, Curtis says her doctor told her she’s improved tremendously.

“I had went to the doctor last week and he had me raise my arms up, and he said ‘oh you’re doing real good’, Curtis said.”

She said everyday things she’d normally do like washing dishes and vacuuming was not possible before she started with therapy.

“We try to get people back to where they were before or even make them better,” said Dr. Victor Lidaywa, the therapist and owner of AGE Rehab and Medical Fitness who helped Curtis.

Curtis said within two months her doctor noticed significant progress.

“Her range was very limited when she got here,” Lidaywa said. “She was always in pain. We were able to improve that significantly.”

“I said, ‘oh, I am raising it up over my head,’” Curtis said. “Because I had forgot what the range was.”

On a weekly basis, Curtis made time to carry out an exercise plan that focused on building back the strength in her shoulder.

“I’ve come a long ways,” Curtis said. “I’m able to do different things in the house that I hadn’t been able to do. I’m able to do a lot of that stuff on my own.”

Curtis said she was prepared to do the work to get her strength back. 

“I feel great, I feel good that I achieved the fact that I didn’t know if I was going to have surgery or what,” Curtis said. “I feel like I’m younger than my daughters.”

Even on the days Curtis felt like staying home, she made the effort to do the work. She hopes other people will see that age doesn’t matter.

“Once I get here, I feel like doing cart wheels,” Curtis said. “I get here and I don’t want to stop. I would tell others, you need to try it. If I can do it, I’m sure you can too at my age, but age is nothing but a number.”

Curtis said she’s already set out her New Year’s resolution, to lose weight. She plans on continuing to see Dr. Lidaywa as she said her goal is to drop 50 pounds by next summer.