In January of 2017, I took a hard fall off the balance beam at a gymnastics meet. Right when I landed I knew something wasn't right. As a gymnast, cheerleader and dancer for many years, getting an injury is not only difficult physically, but also emotionally.
When I fell off the balance beam, my right ankle rolled off an 8 inch mat sitting underneath. Luckily, it was just a sprain. But as time went by, my activities were getting harder and harder and I had frequent ankle sprains on the same ankle. When I thought my ankle was fully healed, it was actually getting worse. I didn't think much of it, so I would ignore the pain. But it got to the point where I couldn't take it anymore.
That's why in August 2018, I made my way to Orthopedic ONE. After talking to Dr. Clem, he recommended that we try conservative treatment methods first, so I started physical therapy. A month or two went by, and my ankle still wasn't where it should be. My ligaments were so stretched out, it got to the point where I had no strength. Then I had an appointment with Dr. Tscholl, and he told me the only way I was going to get back to doing the things I love is to have surgery to repair my ligaments. I knew that this was the right decision and I had a strong trust in Dr. Tscholl's decision making and ability to help me get better.
In November 2018, I had a Broström procedure done. After a few months of recovery and physical therapy, I am back to doing cheerleading and dance. I can finally do back flips again! To this day, I am really happy I had this surgery and there is no other place I'd want to go. I am really thankful for Orthopedic ONE for everything they did to help me get back to the athlete I know I can be!