William McHale Getting Back in the Game

The doctors at ONS have always been my resource for orthopedic issues. I met Dr. Paul Sethi when I broke my ankle playing football in 7th grade. In high school I broke my wrist and had a number of other strains and sprains, each time, returning to ONS. Dr. Paul Sethi is a sports medicine doctor who has an athlete’s mentality when it comes to treatments and recovery. He has a balanced view of treating an injury thoroughly and properly- while understanding the urgency of getting the athlete back to the game as soon as possible.

I played linebacker for Yale University and started in 30 consecutive games between my sophomore year and the end of my senior year. In my senior year though, I tore the labrums in both of my shoulders. It was so bad that I had to wear a restrictive brace to keep my shoulders from slipping out of the socket during games. I couldn’t do most of the upper body weight training regime. It was rough. I had to get them repaired. On top of everything, I was under pressure to recover in time for my Pro Day in front of NFL scouts.

The surgeries went great. Dr. Sethi found more damage than originally showed on the MRIsAfterward, did physical therapy three to four times a week. By four months post surgery, I was able to do most of the prescribed exercises and my shoulders felt back to normal. I regained all my strength between six and seven months after surgery.

Dr. Sethi was completely sensitive to my goal to perform well on my Pro Day, and he worked with me to set up an aggressive rehab schedule. I was able to return to play with complete confidence in the strength of my shoulders, and I haven’t had any issues with them since! The result was that my Pro Day went great, and I was invited to Minicamp with the New Orleans Saints! I just returned from playing professional football in France and played at 110%! (WM)

Victoria Determined to compete in The Cheerleading Worlds 2015 Competition

Victoria, like any other athlete, was in great physical condition and worked hard with her cheerleading teammates to learn routines for competitions before injuring her right ankle. She was determined to compete in The 2015 Cheerleading Worlds Competition in Orlando Florida’s Disney Land hosted by the United States All Star Federation. Victoria’s surgeon Dr. Sean Peden operated on Victoria’s ankle and in just four months she was on the stage competing in The Cheerleading Worlds!

Brooke Returning to Sports after Injuring My Knee

In 2014, local student athlete Brooke was playing basketball with her team in the 7th of 8 games at the AAU Nationals when she became injured during a layup after another player collided with her causing immediate knee pain. “I fell down and the trainer helped me off the court. We could see instant swelling and knew I needed to see a doctor” said Brooke.

Brooke suffered a painful injury which required surgery. ONS orthopedic surgeon Demetris Delos, MD performed surgery to repair a torn ACL and a partial meniscus tear. Brooke said, “I felt a little bit timid before the surgery but the surgery went well.” After surgery and as the healing began, she was happy to see little to no scarring. She started physical therapy 3 times a week in the first three months and felt the biggest hurdle was getting through the first week. As she moved through the exercises, the visits to PT were reduced to twice a week and after several months when she no longer needed to go she started working with a personal trainer to get back to the sports she so dearly loves.

In just five months, Brooke returned to volleyball and basketball playing on the varsity basketball team to finish the season at the end of the year.

Brooke’s mother said that the advantage of coming to ONS was the great communication Dr. Delos had with her and her husband and also how the doctor spoke to Brooke clearly explaining the injury, surgical solutions and physical therapy. She was so impressed that Dr. Delos took the time to communicate with Brooke’s trainers and kept constant communication with no gaps to inform and check on her status during the healing process. She was pleased with the ONS experience of appointment availability and quick visits. Something very helpful to all was the video Dr. Delos had them watch that explained the procedure and the pros and cons involved. Knowing what to expect helped and being able to have an open channel of communication with Dr. Delos made the experience so much better.

Brooke continues her active sports life and is looking forward to her athletic career. (CK)

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