|By Kelly Cordes
Nov 5, 2013
agreed fully, and happy to give a shout-out to dr steve. glad he helped you, mitch. funny, just today on my run (yes, run -- for me, that's incredible) i was thinking about him with gratitude.
several buddies had recommended him, and warned me -- they were right -- that it was gonna hurt. though he falls under the sometimes woowoo category of "body workers" (and i'm a skeptical bastard with the woowoo) dr steve is no bullshit. he gets in there and gets it done. he's a good guy, compassionate, all that, don't get me wrong. but there's no incense, no mood lights, you're not gonna sit there and talk about your feelings and your chakras. i'll bet he'd give you a hug if you really wanted it, though.
i shattered my lower leg/ankle 3.5 yrs ago, 4 surgeries, a bunch of hardware, horrific, permanent injury, and have been struggling with it lots. was a life-changing deal for me, and it sucks, has had me bummed out a lot at how it limits me. i could do things still, but damn, i'd pay for it. i went to patagonia in jan & feb (i'm stubborn) and was a mess for months afterward, in too much pain to enjoy climbing. after hearing about him for awhile (stubborn), this past spring i finally went to see him.
i remember sitting in the waiting room and hearing freakin' moaning (the pain kind) coming from his room (he told me "it's just as well that people know what they're getting into"). soon i was in there doing the same, trying to deal with the pain as he broke up this fucking trainwreck of scar tissue in my "cankle." holy shit it hurt at first. i saw him a bunch for several months (i've been able to scale back lately), and truly believe that his work was a breakthrough for me. it has recovered lots of my range of motion, which has led to more strength and agility as everything isn't as bound up all the time, which decreases pain, etc, and gives me renewed hope. i still limp sometimes, and still have some pain, but nothing like before. was just telling another buddy about it the other day. so psyched, b/c they say that about a year after your last surgery you've usually plateaued, but i feel like i've gotten another opportunity, for which i'm incredibly grateful.
he's got the strongest hands on the planet, is a fairly burly dude, and knows his stuff and knows athletes. one of the 2012 olympic cyclists brought him to the london games with him -- he's also got a big following in the local cycling community, from what i hear. he's out in gunbarrel, he and his wife run the place, small, family owned business, fair and kind folks and he does incredible work. can sometimes be hard to get in right away, and it probably depends on your injury, but i can't recommend him highly enough. my only regret is that i didn't see him earlier in my recovery process.
sorry to go on like this, but it seemed like a good opportunity to throw-out much deserved props.