Because of my orthopaedic care, I can return to my passion for running.
Always an on-and-off runner, in November 2009 I ran my first half marathon and my running career took off. I was doing races and logging miles month after month, all over the northeast; running had become something very special to me and something that I was getting good at. But over time I noticed a gradually increasing pain in the front of my hip. For almost two years I sought various physical therapists, orthopaedic specialists, cortisone shots, sports consultants, etc., trying everything possible to figure it out. I was even told I was just “getting old” by one doctor, which almost brought me to tears as I was only 28.
By the summer of 2011, I could barely walk, which made me increasingly nervous considering my wife and I were expecting our first child, a girl, that September. I heard about Dr. Bryan Kelly at Hospital for Special Surgery through author and ironman competitor Matt Long, a running hero of mine, who I was able to meet at the Boston Marathon in April 2011. On my first visit to Dr. Kelly, he was able to diagnose the labral tear and schedule my surgery. His office is a well-oiled machine; by far the best medical experience I have ever had. The surgery went smoothly and his office supported me through every step of the recovery process. Now eight months later, I have returned to running.