Testimonials

Testimonials

I have worked with Dr. Ryan Danner for several years and I can honestly say that his knowledge of injury verses pain management and healing are second to none. We had the privilege, being a former Pro Athlete, to some of the best sports medicine care in the country. I chose Dr. Danner–he’s kept me healthy and active. Simply the best!
Brad Daugherty, 5x NBA All-Star

RYAN DANNER’S REJUVINATING HANDS
I finally found someone who could fix me after many interesting and frustrating attempts to cure my hamstring. I am a 2:50 marathoner who first started feeling a sharp pain in my hamstring during a speed workout. I assumed, like most of my past nagging pains, I could run through it with a little ice therapy. The pain would work itself out, it always had. If I had known then what a long, treacherous, expensive journey I was about to embark on, I would not have believed it.
When the hamstring pain became sharper and I could feel my right leg unable to extend as far as usual, I knew it was time to visit a professional. I went to see a much-respected doctor who told me that physical therapy would be the cure. I met with their running specialist therapist who sat on a stool for an hour while I did various moves on a foam roller. The hamstring pain continued….
Next, I went to see a chiropractor after being told my leg length discrepancy was the root of all my problems and a pelvis adjustment would do the trick. One thousand dollars and a lot of snaps, cracks and pops later, I was still having hamstring pain. The pain was, now, starting to creep into my lower back.
My husband recommended ART (active release therapy). I visited a fantastic specialist, but unfortunately all the digging into my hamstring, stemming of my leg and kinesiology tape in the world was not making the pain any better. In fact, my hip began to hurt too.
What was becoming the most frustrating was no one could tell me why this was happening. Everyone was treating the hamstring with all their expertise and good intentions, but the pain was only getting worse.
I went to see my family physician who suggested foam rolling, rest and Ibuprofen. I followed directions and only swam over the next 2 weeks. I did not run a step. On the fifteenth day, I excitedly laced up my shoes and headed out the door. Eight minutes into the run the hamstring pain came searing through my leg and then my toes went completely numb. I stood in the road and thought, “Well, now we have a problem”.
Then I did what any rational person would do, I went to see a blind healer acupuncturist in Los Angeles who told me, “You have sciatica”. He proceeded to stick 50 needles in me, cupped my glute and prescribed a two-week regimen of Chinese herbs. When I went for a run the next morning, the pain was so bad I considered crawling home.
My next attempt was with another pain specialist who told me I had tight hip flexors and that the pain was mental. He basically said to stretch and toughen up. Did I say specialist? During all of this I had more massages then I care to admit. One therapist told me that my hamstring was so covered in knots that I should quit running and take up golf. I went to see a reflexologist who informed me I was very taut and that my right hip was causing the hamstring pain. He then rammed a wooden stick so hard into my foot I thought I might pass out.
What finally pushed me over the edge was the crystal healer who said I was holding all my fears in my hamstring. If I released my subconscious desire to hold myself back the pain would go away.
I bit the bullet and scheduled an MRI that was astronomically expensive and revealed I had tendinosis of the gluteus medius and bursitis of the greater trochanter (essentially chronic pain in the ass). My hamstring was fine and healthy; the problem was my glute. I was told the best way to fix this was with a cortisone shot. I went home to think about it and woke up in the middle of the night with my entire right leg numb. I made the appointment to get the shot.
Through all of this I’d had running friends say, “Go see Ryan Danner”. I had seen Ryan Danner once right before the Boston Marathon as my legs were feeling really heavy and I had two days until the race. He put me on a moving table and worked on my body. On race day my legs felt so incredibly good that I negative split the course.
Now I was going to see him the day before an 800 speed workout on the same course that the pain first appeared two years prior. I was nervous. I told Ryan what was going on and he matter of factly stated, “You have Lower Crossed Syndrome, I have a handful of women with the same symptoms and they all have jobs like yours that require lots of time in the car. Tight lower back, tight hip flexors, weak core and weak glutes.” So here was the “tight hip flexor” diagnosis again but Ryan was explaining why I had that problem. My job as a wine rep involves driving in the car going to accounts and then sitting inside the account talking to the buyers.
I asked what I could do and he said, “Besides get a new job? You need to figure out how to not sit so much, and if you do sit for a while, what can be done to loosen those tight spots. Research Lower Crossed Syndrome”. He then went to work on me, getting so far into my leg I thought he might press through to the other side. The next day, after nailing the speed workout with zero pain, I built a standing desk at work and got a travel pillow to sit on when I drive so that my hips are above my knees. I also started meeting with customers standing up whenever possible (my sales have sky rocketed). Ryan’s suggestion to research Lower Crossed Syndrome resulted in me finding a great five-minute LCS routine on YouTube that works miracles.
Ironically, during this time as I struggled with my hamstring injury, my Dad, a non runner, strained his hamstring sprinting through the airport to make a connecting flight. His doctor told him, “You are screwed”. I sent him to Ryan, and after a few sessions, my Dad was able to get back into his daily elliptical routine minus pain. Ryan treated me for four weeks and I went on to win overall female at the Thunder Road Marathon, completely pain free. Charlotte NC is very lucky to have such an incredible pain whisperer, no purchase of crystals necessary.
Alice Rogers Purser, Top overall female 2013 Charlotte Thunder Road Marathon