I had a bad ankle and hadn’t been able to walk
without it giving out for the last 15 years, until I met Dr. Lai!
I had been to a couple of doctors, but never got an answer I was comfortable with. They talked about bone grafts and ankle replacement or just plain fusing it. So, I continued to wrap it and wear high boots that laced up into the calf so I could walk.
I went to see Dr. Lai and told my wife, the first time he says six months on crutches, I am leaving. I told him what I had been through up to this point and he said he has new procedures that can be done and if the dead bone was my only problem I would be back on my feet in no time. I had torn all of the tendons and ligaments in the ankle as well as fracturing it at some point. He said he would fix the dead bone problem minimally invasively and then take the tendons and ligaments apart to weave them back together the way they belonged. He told me I would be non-weight bearing for 6-8 weeks on crutches and then in a boot for four months. This was a lot better than being non-weight bearing for a year, so I said let’s do it.
(Left to Right) Grady Brozyna (Shore Ortho PT, Somers Point), Chris Hanson (Shore Ortho PT, CMCH), Matthew Redmond (NovaCare Rehabilitation Marmora) and Doug Dannehower (Shore Ortho PT, Somers Point)
Congratulations are in order for a few of our Shore Ortho Physical Therapy clinical staff members. This past weekend finished a long clinical journey. In year one of their journey, they became Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapists (COMT). In year two, they completed their Residency Training. This past weekend, they completed the last portion of their journey and became Fellowship Trained. They are now Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT).
Dizziness is a common problem that can affect a person at any age. There are many reasons for dizziness, some more serious than others. One common, easily treatable cause of transient dizziness is called “benign paroxysmal positional vertigo,” or BPPV. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo causes dizziness related to head movement and position and is due to a problem in the inner ear. Dizziness can negatively affect one’s quality of life and is associated with an increased risk of falls. This may be especially problematic for older people, who have a greater chance of falling and breaking bones. Recovering from a fracture can be particularly difficult for someone who is elderly.
Three of the Shore Orthopaedic Physical Therapy clinicians recently completed the Ola Grimsby Institute’s Residency Program. They each PASSED both the written and practical portion of this program. This is a huge accomplishment and was a two year journey with each of them completing The Ola Grimsby Institute’s Certification on Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) Program prior to completing the Residency Program.
Doug Dannehower, PT, OCS, COMT
Center Manager: Shore Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Somers Point Office