Jessica D’Aurora – Physical Therapy after Knee Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In November 2016, I had a tibia tubercle transfer and lateral retinacular release surgery performed by Dr. Boyd Haynes. Shortly after the surgery, I had to start Physical Therapy. It was my second time at OSC Physical Therapy, but my first time with Dr. Tom Toothaker.

Dr. Toothaker is an incredible Physical Therapist. He provided me with honest feedback and kept me focused on my exercises at home.

We worked on not just getting me back to being able to manage day-to-day, but getting me back to being physically active in my cross fit and competitive horseback riding.

I also spent a lot of time under the care of Fred Wintermantel, Physical Therapy Assistant, to Dr. Toothaker. Fred really helped me with my exercises and provided a lot of moral support when I had setbacks or expressed frustrations. Dr. Toothaker, Fred, and technicians Nneka and Hunter really made sure I was doing each exercise correctly and provided me with a lot of guidance. They knew when to push me for more progress safely and also when to correct me for trying to do too much too soon.

 

 

I spent so much time (four months this time, almost 6 total) at OSC Physical Therapy, I felt like I was leaving behind part of my friends/family when I left for the last time. They never made me feel like just a patient or a number, but I always felt like my progress mattered to each of them.

Dr. Toothaker, Fred, Hunter, and Nneka are truly amazing at their jobs and are such caring and compassionate individuals. I owe each of them so much gratitude for all of their help and support these last few months.