Melissa's Orthopedic Story

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- [Melissa] I was hiking in the woods
and I actually was climbing up over a log.

The log started to roll, and I
landed completely on my left leg.

Even today, I can hear the "pop."

All I could think was, "I'm an active person.

What is this going to do to me?

I don't have time to be injured."

- [Dr. Romine] With any injury in orthopedic
surgery, it is a mental problem just as much

as it is a physical problem.

When Melissa first came to see
me, she had been already treated

by another physician elsewhere.

She had torn her ACL.

She had had bone bruises, which
were thought of as being a break.

She hadn't been weight-bearing for several weeks.

She hadn't been mobilizing her knee.

She was already developing stiffness of her knee.

The main stay of preoperative
treatment is mobilization.

So, we were a little bit behind the eight ball
in terms of getting her to the point where she

could have surgery.

- He gave me some exercises to do on my
own every day, and he goes, "And in two weeks

we'll schedule surgery."

When he told me that, I was
finally at the point where it was,

like, "Oh, wow.

This is great.

I feel like there's light at the end of the tunnel."

I exercise at least six days a
week, so I was pretty depressed.

- When you can't do the things that you're used to
doing, you can't be as active as what you want to

be, it takes its toll on you mentally, and I
think that's part of our job as orthopedists

is to walk people through that.

The patient who has had a major surgery like
this, a physical therapist is someone that is vital

to their recovery, not only from a physical
standpoint, but also the mental standpoint.

- I remember meeting Weston for the first time, and
he said, "We will be able to do everything you want

to do, but you have to work."

And he said, "What I mean
by that is this won't be easy."

- [Weston] We're going to talk about,
you know, what are your goals?

What do you want to achieve from this?

What are some ways that we can make
life better and improve your quality of life?

- And my goals were, I want
to be where I was at before.

I want to be able to hike.

I want to be able to do
everything I was doing before.

Taylor had to sit there and
almost be a cheerleader for me.

She was like, "Yes, you can do this."

You know, she was like cheering
me on from the sideline.

- [Taylor] We here at Baptist Health Rehab
provide one-on-one care for each of our patients,

and I think that allows us to build up trust with
them so that when we ask them to do things after,

say a ACL, where we ask them
to hop and jump, they trust that

we have been working with them
and we know where they're at.

We know that the ACL has healed.

We're working with a doctor.

We know that you're at a point
in your care where you can do that.

They were very important to my healing journey.

Without them being my champions or my
cheerleaders, I don't think I could've done it.

- The fact that Baptist Health has really everything
from A to Z, in terms of preoperative studies to

being able to perform the surgery to, in
Melissa's case, performing her therapy here,

to keep it all in one place, for her,
has been extremely beneficial.

- It's very gratifying to see them go from, you know,
limping in here and walking out or running out,

being able to go back to their regular activity
and the joy that that brings them, you know,

brings us joy as well.

- Makes you appreciate your life.

Makes you appreciate the little things that you don't
think about every day until you go through things

like that, and then when you go through things
like that, you know, the people that are around you,

whether it's the physicians or your physical
therapist, they're just as important as your family

and everybody else to get
back to your best health.

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