As an athlete, I’m very aware of my body and there’s nothing worse than when the body isn’t working, whether from an injury, recovering from surgery, or just the aging process. I’ve been told that I have a high tolerance for pain, and I often ignore what many other people might not be able to deal with. People don’t realize that a race car driver needs physical strength, and we endure tremendous amounts of vibration, concentration, and g forces. My career also requires me to travel for business and public appearances, so I spend a lot of time on airplanes and in hotels.
I was introduced to Dr. Okky Oei and his LTO (Laser Touch One) by a dear friend when I was dealing with considerable knee pain which ultimately led me to require bilateral knee replacement surgery. I know the LTO significantly accelerated my healing and it was so easy to take with me everywhere I traveled. It’s one of the first things I put in my suitcase when travelling.
Following knee replacement surgery I’ve had additional injuries and surgeries; including rotator cuff and bicep tendon surgery, fractured vertebrae, and hip placement surgery. While each of these surgeries and injuries involves very capable medical professionals (doctors, surgeons, physical therapists) each with their own specialty, their time and knowledge are often limited. That’s not the case with Dr. Okky Oei – he knows SO much, always has the time to spend to fully grasp what’s going on with your body and your life. And he’s trained each of his staff to follow the same protocols and attitude. They ask questions. They listen to you. They pay attention to what you’re telling them. They adjust your treatment to accommodate what’s happening, because the healing process evolves.
As an athlete who races cars, I’m always in a hurry about everything. Patience is not one of my attributes. And combining the aging process with my latest injuries my recovery has been incredibly difficult and slow. Seriously slow. I’m approaching the second anniversary of the crash that caused my latest problems, and while I’m considered one of the most positive people on the planet, I often started losing hope that I would ever heal. When I come to the Hope Clinic I often take a moment (and even take a photo) of the sign in the office, “Hope anchors the soul”. I guess I can credit Dr. Oei and the Hope Clinic to teach me patience. Also, the LTO is such a wonderful tool for all types of injuries, aches and pains, and sometimes just simple soreness. I often have to remind myself to use it because we forget to do some of the basic things we know we should do.
I’m a team-oriented person, and I consider Dr. Okky Oei and the Hope Clinic on my team! Put them on your team!