MY #Runpainfree runners will relate to this post:
When a person comes for a consult, which is FREE, you get assessed, told what your pain is from and how I will fix it. Before you are event a client.
Lets keep that in mind reading this. OH and my program ACTUALLY fixes people.
As you may know, I was hit by a truck and have injuries head to toe, so I know pain, and i know the medical system that doesn't help. BUT this is my recent encounter with a doctors.
The last week in Sep. I tore all the ligaments in my left thumb. With my runners relying on me for the #nycmarathon, stopping was of no option. I wore a Duane Reade Thumb stabilizer brace so I can stop my thumb from moving when I used my hand to work on my clients. 1 week in, I saw urgent care for $150. After the Xray showed no break, I was told to wear the brace for more 2 weeks. 2 weeks later it was still a mess. I saw, ready..., an ORTHOPEDIST. Another Xray was done to, Sonogram and STILL no idea. HE asked ME, condescendingly, what I thought it was, based on my knowledge. I told him I tore the ligaments. He said nothing to me and sent me for an MRI, that took place week 4. BUT he did tell me I needed to get "molded for a fitted brace". It was $500 and my insurance didn't cover it. I said I'd wear my little Duane Reade brace, that I took off and worked on my thumb any chance I got anyway.
At the MRI the techs asked what I did for a living, I told them, "I am an athletic Functional Movement Expert, I correct injuries and specialize in runners. One said "OH.. so you're a step above PT," I said, "THAAAAAANK YOU!"
At this point I paid another copay of $50, and was told I had to be read the results by a doctor. I told them I read MRI's and X-Ray reports all the time..and I don't need to be read to. Also, told them that I have now had 3 appointments and still no idea what the injury is or plan to fix it. To the doctor and staff I said, "My hands are my livelihood! Waiting 3 weeks to have any idea what's wrong is unacceptable! In my business I tell the person what is wrong, plan to fix it and how I will fix it, before they pay me a dime. Maybe should charge like you?!" He just looked at me. don't need to be read to. Needless to say I didn't get the results.
The following week was week 5, no call and no results. I called and was told I needed to come BACK in to be read the results. so ANOTHER co-pay would be charged as well to be read 2 lines. SO one of my runner's (runners are no joke FYI) called and said that was unacceptable and that they needed to release them. They said I had to back to the MRI place, NOT them. I was told I would be charged so I didn't do that.
Week 8 FINALLY!! I go back to the doctor, pay another $50, and now I am up to $200 at this point, all before I have any results on my thumb. The doctor comes in and says.. "You tore all the ligaments in my thumb, they healed 2x thicker than PRE injury, plus now there's scar tissue around the joint, AND fluid in the joint. We have to break up that scar tissue to get the fluid out. So I can give you a shot to push the breaking it up along, but take this to your therapist." He added, And, " think the brace made it worse." "SAY AGAIN??!!," I yelled! "I am the therapist. No need for that paper."
1- I called the injury 2 months before 2 doctors did. Elated I called it to his face before the MRI. 2-THIS is why i have the issues I have with GP/Orthopedists. I cure people all day long, preach that braces (tape, ace bandages, shots, etc..) are of the worst thing you can use, and this one ADMITS it. Yet, he wanted me in a MOLDED one that I would have lost all range of movement. when my hands are my livelihood. Thanks to myself for knowing better intuitively and not laying down to wait on a doctor while I got worse, and worked on my thumb ever day the whole time.
I have insurance, AND just today, I got a bill for $729 for his consult. WHEN I AM FIXING IT MYSELF! That fee is more than a month of my #RUNPAINFREE program that actually works! HYSTERICAL. PLEASE SEE ME IF YOU ARE IN PAIN GUYS.. THIS IS HOGWASH!