I have had a very positive experience working with Dr. Jung at Columbia Physical Therapy in Motion. When I first saw him, a few weeks after a hip replacement, I had a hard time walking more than a hundred feet, it was difficult to pick up a sack of groceries, and I needed assistance to get up out of a chair. After twelve weeks of working with Dr. Jung, I was able to walk at a normal speed around the lake near my house, (about 1.5 miles) with no pain and no fear of falling. That was a wonderful feeling, no doubt, but even better - a week later I was able to manage myself and my luggage (without assistance!) as I flew to my son's wedding in Miami where I participated confidently in all the events (with no pain!), and DANCED at the reception!
When I've been discouraged Dr. Jung and Dr. Almeida have used humor, kindness, empathy, and science to get me back on track and focused on moving toward a full recovery. In my opinion, both have been masterfully skillful in their ability to accurately observe, assess, and respond to the evolving physical issues associated with my recovery, They have supported me in measurably effective ways when I've faced emotional, psychological, and social challenges associated with my hip replacement. Based on my experience, this kind of highly individualized and highly professional physical therapy is pretty unusual. In the lead up to my hip replacement and in the first few weeks immediately after, I worked with a couple of other physical therapists from other organizations, and it felt to me that they were not treating me as an individual with a unique physiology, history, and circumstance but as a 'standard' problem to be fixed with a standardized cookbook solution.
I've learned that choosing the right physical therapist can make all the difference. Along with my wonderful primary care physician and an exceptional surgeon, Dr. Jung has opened up for me a new vision for my life in coming years; I have every reason to believe, based on my experience and recovery to date, that I will be able join my very active family in almost any adventure they dream up (maybe not mountain climbing, but definitely hiking, canoeing, and strolling through the Smithsonian!), that I can return to my profession with all the stamina and strength I need, and that my future is wide open. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Jung and my entire medical team.