Kim's Orthopedic Story

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- [Kim] We all like to go camping.

We started out camping a long time ago
when my girls were little, actually.

And we started like everybody else, in a tent.

I'm very OCD.

And when I leave, I have to make sure that my house is
completely spotless because when I come home,

I want to just unload everything,
put it in the laundry baskets, do it,

and everything's good.

So, that particular day,
we were all actually going to Florida

and I'm always the last to leave.

And I was mopping my floor on the way out
and when I got about halfway through the living room,

my foot just slipped out from underneath me
and it's like my leg went two separate ways.

My husband's like, "Do you want
to go to the emergency room?"

I'm like "No, we're going to Florida.

Everybody get back on the bus."

And so, we all got on the bus and went to Florida.

Not only did I have an old ACL repair,
but it totally ripped my MCL half in two.

Like, so, if I was standing,
my knee would just, just pop out.

And so, it was kind of odd walking on the sand.

Even when I went to my first doctor's appointment,
he said, "How in the world have you been

walking on that?"

So, I called my family physician, made an appointment,
went in to see him, and he was like, "Yeah.

There's probably something going on.

We'll send you to therapy first."

And the first day that I went in,
Ryan, who is the physical therapist,

knew immediately that there was something wrong.

And he said, "I cannot work with you right now
because I'm going to make something worse."

- [Ryan] Once she had received her MRI,
it was confirmed that she had ligament tears in her

knee and she required a surgical intervention.

And one of the most important things is just to make
sure we instruct patients to reduce activities that

would cause more trauma to their knee.

- I don't limit anything very much.

I'm, you know, "All the way, give it all you can."

Go with the gusto, you know?

So, they had to remind me of my limitations with it.

And I'll tell you, it was very scary when I got that
brace off the first time because I could not move my

knee at all.

But when I went to therapy, you know,
and they were like, "It's okay.

You know, this is part of the process.

You know, we're going to get to where we…
We'll get that stretched out for you.

Everything will be good.

You know, you'll be fine."

- A lot of times when we see patients,
they're either in some kind of chronic pain,

they're coming from functional loss.

So, it's so important for us to be compassionate,
encouraging, and good listeners to our patients.

It's important for us to build trust with patients.

- You definitely have to have that trust because if you
were going to fall, you had to make sure there was

someone in front of you that was going to catch you.

And, you know, there were a couple of times
that Ron would have to, you know,

reach out like he was going to grab me.

- One thing with treating patients is a lot of times
they'll have stiffness or they'll have pain,

and they'll be uncertain how to treat their impairment.

With over 20 years of experience,
I've seen a lot of different scenarios,

and the guidance is such an important role with
instructing patients on how to restore their mobility,

to restore their strength, and function

so they can return to the activities they love to do.

- For Baptist to be able to offer those treatments,
those surgeries, the things that you need in this area,

I think is a wonderful thing because a lot of people
don't have the opportunities or the transportation

to get to other places that are an hour,
hour and a half away.

- One of the greatest things about being a physical
therapist is to see improvements in a very short time.

It's so great to see grandparents who had
recent hip replacements or knee surgeries.

It's just a great feeling to be a physical therapist.

- To be able to do things
with my grandkids is very fun.

And if I couldn't do those things,
it just wouldn't be the same.

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