12 year old soccer player, Sam M., was on top of his sport when he developed knee pain and swelling after a fall during a game last June. He kept it to himself because he didn’t want to jeopardize his chance to compete internationally at the Madrid Cup in September. Although he did make it to the tournament, he spent most of his time on the sidelines with his knee too painful, swollen, and difficult to move.
Upon returning home, Sam’s mother, Paula, brought him to see Dr. Demetris Delos, a sports medicine physician who specializes in knee injuries. Dr. Delos ordered an MRI, which revealed a slight fracture in Sam’s knee and a one inch piece of loose cartilage that would require surgery to repair. The injury was close to the growth plate, which could have had long term consequences. However, the surgery went well and Sam is back on the soccer field with his sights on the Hackley School’s Academy Team.
“Dr. Delos was always positive and everything he said would happen transpired, “said Paula M., Sam’s mother. “I was very impressed with the high level of care and collaboration with the physical therapists because they all wanted Sam to achieve his goal. Everyone was unbelievably caring.” (SM)