Physical Therapy Helps Woman Get Back to Golfing Without Shoulder Pain

Leslie Coalmer is back out on the golf course this summer, after being out of commission this past year due to a shoulder injury. Thanks to her physical therapy team at Ohio Sports & Spine Institute, she has her swing back.

The Austintown woman suffered a shoulder injury and after weeks of struggling with pain and discomfort, she decided to go to Ohio Sports & Spine Institute.

After several months of physical therapy, she was still experiencing pain, so she was referred to have an injection and an ultrasound, which revealed a tear in her shoulder. After undergoing surgery to repair the tear, she continued her therapy program at Ohio Sports & Spine’s Boardman clinic with her physical therapist, Stephanie Porter, and Physical Therapy Assistants Derek Brendlinger, Matt Prejsnar and Megan Engster.

“I was at the point that I couldn’t golf anymore,” said Leslie, 73. “I had no power in my swing and the pain was terrible. Surgery and recovery were very hard and painful, but Derek kept encouraging me, telling me I was doing well and making progress. You really doubt yourself through recovery, but he continued to push me.”

Leslie is back to golfing at Tippecanoe Country Club with her friends.

“Now my shoulder is fine,” she said. “I can sleep without pain and I have full movement in my shoulder.”

Leslie’s team gave her take-home exercises that she can do if she starts to experience any pain.

“My overall experience was great,” she said. “I highly recommend Ohio Sports & Spine.”

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