I played competitive tennis throughout my youth and into college. I competed at both a national and international for over 10+ years, ultimately reaching All-American Status collegiately for two seasons at Washington University in St. Louis.

After college, I still played as competitively as possible, starting with a combination of USTA leagues, nationally sanctioned events and several local club events. As I progressed into my mid-thirties, I started to experience minor discomfort in my lower back. Over time, that discomfort ultimately worked its way to my hip. So much so that I found the need to consult with a doctor. After years of wear and tear, it turned out that I was a candidate for a full hip replacement. I initially ignored my doctor’s advice, thinking that with rest and physical therapy, I could overcome the discomfort. I was mistaken. Rest and rehab did nothing to curb the effects of a wobbly hip. At the age of 41, I opted to get full hip replacement surgery to my right side. Five years later, I had my second full hip replacement, this one to my left hip. Both were two of the wisest choices I have made.

I can say with confidence that I am far healthier and competitive than I was even five years before my initial surgery. As my doctor at Orthopaedic Specialty Group, Dr. Robert Stanton told me – “Jason, do you want to be the best you can be right now, or do you want to wait another 10 years?” Bob’s advice and guidance was some of the best I have ever received. I am grateful to him and his team, particularly Dr. David Bindleglass who performed my surgery. Bob and his team have allowed me to enjoy sports and life in a way that 10 years ago was unimaginable. Thank you.

My treatment and recovery

I had my latest surgery on September 28th of 2015. On January 15th of 2016, I was playing tennis and paddle tennis with some of my former cohorts – both without pain and without inhibition in movement. That confidence was tremendously important to getting back on the courts again.

Tip

While difficult to acknowledge, get the surgery done sooner vs. later. You will regret putting it off. OSG has a tremendous team.

My Second First

Because of my orthopaedic care, I am pain-free. And I recently won my Member Guest Tennis tournament which was important to me. Being pain-free and able to play up to my ability after years of injury and frustration was a wonderful victory in and of itself.

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