Because of my orthopaedic care, I was able to return to work.

My name is Nate Cooper and I am a police officer for City of Tualatin, Oregon. In January of 2010 I was injured on the job. I was on foot in pursuit of a wanted subject when my foot slipped on ice and I landed on my left shoulder. Shortly after I was treated by Dr. John Di Paola, with Occupational Orthopedics, who diagnosed me with Grade III AC separation. I decided to go ahead with the surgical procedure in which a donor tendon was used to secure my collar bone into position.

After surgery, I was given an exercise kit by Dr. Di Paola; this came with instructions on different stretches I could do at home and in physical therapy. The recovery process was not easy and I know I would not have been able to do it with out the support and guidance of Occupational Orthopedics. Dr. Di Paola prepared me on what to expect after the surgery and the coming months, there were no surprises.

Five months after surgery I returned to full duty and have been working out with weights to return to top physical condition. I attribute my success to folks at Occupational Orthopedics and am very grateful with the results.

My wife and I are expecting our first child to be born “at any minute” and are looking forward to raising our son together.

Read Nate’s story in the Tualatin Times.

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Because of my orthopaedic care, I was able to return to work.


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