On her phone, Regina Knowles of Columbia keeps a picture of a blue Harley-Davidson motorcycle. She doesn’t own the bike, yet. Regina keeps the photo on her phone as motivation and shows it to her therapists at Mizzou Therapy Services, who are helping Regina regain her physical abilities following motorcycle accident injuries.
In June 2014, Regina was riding a motorcycle in Columbia when she was in a collision with a car, breaking her pelvis and shattering her left wrist. After three weeks in University Hospital and half a dozen surgeries, she returned home. She attended her first appointment at Mizzou Therapy Services in a wheelchair.
“When I first came here, I didn’t think I’d be able to walk for a year,” Regina said. “I couldn’t walk at all.”
After therapy treatments three times weekly with physical therapist Lindsey Colbert, DPT, Regina was able to walk using a walker in two months.
“The thing about Lindsey is, she forced Regina to get out of her wheelchair,” said Tony Knowles, Regina’s husband. “Lindsey made sure she didn’t stay in her wheelchair and stay sad.”
By October, Regina could walk without a walker. She now attends weekly therapy appointments with Lindsey, who gives her exercise instructions as “homework” at each visit. She can walk 15 to 20 minutes at one time but still needs to strengthen her muscles to be able to lift her leg up and over to ride a motorcycle.
In addition to Lindsey, Regina speaks highly of hand therapist Mark Simenson. At her first appointment with him, Regina couldn’t move her left index finger at all. She can now move her finger and has regained most of her range of motion in her left wrist and hand.
Regina recommends Mizzou Therapy Services to everyone.
“Don’t limit yourself and say you can’t," she said. "You may not be able to do something today, but there is always tomorrow.”