Because of my orthopaedic care, I can play sports again!
In April 2008 I ruptured my Achilles tendon playing in my regular morning basketball game. With my background playing and working in and around sports, I knew immediately what had happened.
A ruptured Achilles could be the end of an active lifestyle. But for someone like me who plays basketball 3 to 4 times a week, coaches soccer and likes to exert himself, it could be crushing mentally, as well. Dr. John Cherf, his key aid Lynnette, and his entire staff fixed me and guided me well. They were honest, but always optimistic. The in-between months were difficult because I wanted to get back to running around as soon as possible. Dr. Cherf’s team built a trust with me through taking the time to explain what my body would go through and what my timetable should look like. The care shown not only during visits, but between visits was a major factor in not rushing back to action.
Following their advice I was walking freely three months later on a trip to Italy. Lightly jogging in time for Fall youth soccer, and back to my old self by the time Winter came and basketball leagues started. And I have been back ever since. Even today I can hear Dr. Cherf and Lynette reminding me how to warm-up and stretch before taking on any activity. He told me that not one of his patients who followed his instructions has ever been back due to an Achilles injury. And I plan to keep his record perfect.
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