Winter 2009 Issue

A Spring In His Step
Our Physical Therapy Department Kept This 95-Year-Old Man On Track

At 95 years old, Albert Bradtke is not going to let his age, injuries or balance problems stop him. He just has too much to do. In recent years, Albert has enjoyed dancing, tennis, and exercising regularly at the YMCA. He even took a recent trip to Croatia. Although he has suffered from balance issues over the past decade, he credits physical therapy with keeping him active and out of the operating room.
Patient Albert Bradtke and physical therapist Graham Claytor, M.P.T.

“Mr. Bradtke has been a patient for the past five years,” said Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates physical therapist Graham Claytor, M.P.T. “He was diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), and lower extremity weakness. He originally came to see me for balance issues associated with these conditions.”

Albert had suffered from falls due to his condition. One of these incidents left him with problems walking.

“Physical therapy and exercise at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates was the very best thing for me,” said Albert. “I followed Graham’s instructions and without the use of medicine, I was back to walking normally again.”

“Mr. Bradtke is truly a remarkable man,” said Graham. “He is a great example of how patients can benefit from conservative physical therapy.”

For more information about the physical therapy services at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine
Associates, call 800-344-6716 or go to

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