Covenant Health Therapy Center Downtown brings nurse full circle to care for rehab patients
When Anna Cintron first walked through the door at Covenant Health Therapy Center Downtown, she had reached a point of surrender. Her nerve pain from an old trampoline injury was so severe that she was thinking about quitting her job as a nurse at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center.
“I could barely walk,” Cintron says. “I was limping all the time.”
Physical therapists at Covenant Health Therapy Center Downtown guided Cintron through exercises to straighten her gait and strengthen the muscles in the lower half of her body. They also gave her a personalized exercise regimen she could do on her own at home or at a gym.
“They were amazing,” Cintron says of her physical therapists. “They were always very positive, and they cared about me as a person, not just as a patient.”
Today Cintron can work without pain – and she’s also free to play.
“I feel like I can finally go on a hike if I want to go on a hike, and I can dance if I want to dance around and be silly,” Cintron says. “Those things seem so miniscule, but for someone like me it was really important to my quality of life.”
When she looks back on the past few years, Cintron doesn’t just see a storm of pain. She sees a blessing and God’s purpose fulfilled.
“I knew I was going to be a nurse, but I had no idea I was going to end up in a rehab facility,” Cintron says. “Little did I know that God was preparing me for the kind of patients I see today. I can totally relate to what they’re going through!”
Cintron continues to take a mild medication for nerve pain and works out for strength, balance and mobility. With this simple prescription, she’s practically pain-free.
“I feel like a normal 24-year-old,” Cintron laughs. “I got my life back!”