Eventually, depression and chronic, debilitating pain became normal. But during my fourth pregnancy two years ago, the pain intensified. There were days and weeks where I could not stand up straight, or move my head more than slightly, and the numbness in my arms and hands prevented me from functioning normally. With four young children and worsening pain and numbness, my primary doctor said I absolutely needed the surgery.
I am confident in saying that my life would have been very different had Chris been practicing as a physical therapist here at the time of my accident. I am equally confident that I would have been able to avoid having so intense a surgery – if any at all – because of Chris’s skill, intuition, knowledge, dedication, and ability to treat a patient as a whole person rather than as a carrier of individual, unrelated aches and pains.
I also have seen Chris give 110% to each of his patients and inspire confidence and loyalty. He is a gifted, intuitive healer who is equally helpful and inspiring to high school athletes as he is to elderly folks dealing with chronic conditions.
Chris doesn’t guilt you into doing your home exercise routine either. He encourages you in a way that makes you feel like you have a partner who cares about your recovery as much as you do. It is sincere. He is a motivating coach. In fact, he has worked successfully with professional sports teams before moving to VA. See the pictures hanging in his office. He is professional, engaged and personable. From my experience, his demeanor has also created a sense of camaraderie among his patients like I have not seen in ten years of going to physical therapy. That is not only because of his good-natured personality but also because of the results he achieves.
Just before Christmas, Chris sent me to a wonderful pain management doctor in DC, whose use of adult stem cells has led to diseased discs rejuvenating themselves. In my case, the doctor removed a small amount of scar tissue and osteoarthritis in a five-minute procedure. Right away I had full range motion in my neck. I am incredibly thankful for Chris’ recommendation and his ability to zero-in on the problem that no other physical therapist or doctor did: even those with the benefit of x-rays and MRIs. That alone was enough to show me there is something special and different about his work. And I am forever grateful for his help and insight.
For the first time, I am addressing physical issues that I have not before, am getting stronger and experiencing less pain. I have complete confidence in him as a practitioner of physical therapy (Chris has a doctorate in his field). I know that he has me on the right path. So much so that I wrote my first yelp review about his work. Chris Estafanous is an excellent, dedicated and extremely well-trained physical therapist. Highly, highly recommend!