Can Physical Therapy Help Someone with 15% Heart Function? Ask Joe McMinn.

Can Physical Therapy Help Someone with 15% Heart Function? Ask Joe McMinn.

At Dynamix Physical Therapy, our therapists work with clients of all walks of life. We work with the student athletes who are rehabbing after an ACL surgery, with the mother who has pulled a muscle trying to balance life, work and kids, and also the savvy seniors who may have had double-knee replacement and need excellent physical therapy to help them get back to doing what they love.

And occasionally, our team members meet a patient whose story is unlike the rest, and they are tasked with helping that person get better, stronger and more determined to live than on the first day they walked through the doors.

This is the story of Joe McMinn.

Joe is a beloved community member of Milan, Tenn., and is known around town as “Santa Claus.” His warm personality and big smile draws people in to hear his incredible story.

Joe had COVID, then started having heart trouble as a result. “Joe was knocking on death’s door when he first started coming to Dynamix for cardiac rehab,” said Heath Ladd, co-founder of Dynamix and Joe’s physical therapist. “At his first appointment in February 2022, he had 15% heart function – meaning his heart was so weak I could not get a pulse with touch, a stethoscope or oximetry.”

During the first session, Heath had Joe walking in small increments for a total of 10 minutes. Throughout the next few weeks, they kept up this routine, constantly checking on his vitals and listening to Joe’s report on how he felt.

“At his first appointment in February 2022, he had 15% heart function – meaning his heart was so weak I could not get a pulse with touch, a stethoscope or oximetry.”

At his tenth appointment, Joe had increased to a brisk 20-minute walk while holding kettlebells, then another 10 minutes without the weights before ending his therapy with 15 minutes on the exercise bike with added resistance. At this time, Heath could feel his radial pulse. Great strides had been accomplished!

Two months later, Joe had improved so significantly that he “graduated” from physical therapy. After all of the hard work, determination to get well, and the full support of his medical team, family and Dynamix crew, Joe now has what was most precious to him – his health.

At Dynamix, our mission is to be the bright spot in our customers’ day while pursuing excellence in healthcare and service. We build relationships with our patients, encourage them throughout their rehabilitation journey, and celebrate them when they are discharged. Our goal is to help our clients get back to doing what they love, and you can trust that your local Dynamix team will give you 110% every time you visit them.

To schedule a free consultation, visit dynamix.life and call your local Dynamix clinic. We are proud to be West Tennessee’s leader in physical therapy and sports medicine!