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!
I am documenting a review of my experience with Orthopedic ONE. I am hoping to help seniors like myself that otherwise may have to resort to opioids or possibly using a cane or wheelchair due to debilitating pain. I am sure that with less than the best care from Orthopedic ONE, I would not be able to work a full time job and live the life I want to enjoy!
I was first seen by Orthopedic ONE in the fall of 2010, after being hit by a wave in the ocean while on vacation. I had injuries to my back and hip, and it was recommended that I address the hip issue first. My daughter had her hip replaced by Dr. Joel Politi the year before and had a good result, so I made an appointment with him. He suggested that I try a few rounds of injections in my back and hip first to see if that may alleviate the pain non-surgically. Finally in January 2011, I had my right hip replaced by Dr. Politi.
The following year, I went back to Dr. Politi for a left knee replacement, which was followed by a left hip replacement two years later. Each operation and outcome was outstanding! Dr. Joel Politi is a personable caring and excellent surgeon.
A few years later, my wife had a left knee replacement performed by Dr. Rahul Biyani at the Upper Arlington location and also had an outstanding outcome! During one of her appointments with Dr. Biyani, I asked who he would recommend for the back issues I was still experiencing. He said I should see Dr. William Fitz, and I'm glad I did! Over the last two years, Dr. Fitz has helped me with a pinched nerve which he could ablate of my left side. Tracing my pain issues, Dr. Fitz discovered through an ultrasound by Dr. Kelley Clem, that I also had a torn hamstring on the right side. Dr. Fitz did a PRP injection to speed healing of the hamstring and pinched nerve. During this time, I was also in physical therapy with the crew at Orthopedic ONE. Kelly and Kirsten were instrumental in the rehabilitation of my hamstring and reliving my pinched nerve.
The summer of 2018 was the first time since 2015 that I could walk in a store without using a wheel chair or having to sit down and take a break from the pain. By November 2018, I was totally pain free for the first time since 2010!
Then on January 25, 2019 I slipped on ice getting out of my vehicle in a public parking lot. After an ER trip and a hospital stay, I was released with the assurance that there was no damage to my implants or bones, however the fall caused a left hamstring tear. I was referred to Dr. Mark Triffon, who prescribed physical therapy and I once again enlisted help from the therapy team at Orthopedic ONE. Kirsten, Scott and Jenna have been instrumental in the rehabilitation of my hamstring. In early March, Kirsten recommended to Dr. Triffon that I would benefit from massage therapy. I've been seeing Alexandra for my massage therapy and I've continued with PT. I'm getting better each week! I have the hope of once again being pain free as my hamstring continues to heal.
Each of the above mentioned doctors, staff, and therapist have been instrumental in helping me to achieve the hope of having a life without pain.
Thank you for your excellence and willingness to go the extra mile for a 72 year old man who wishes to stay active!
11.03.15 Anonymous | Sports Medicine
Dr. Clem was able to get me in on short notice and to start my series of knee injections upon the first visit. There were two injection follow up visits over the next two weeks. Dr. Clem was very personable and took the time to explain everything about the shots. I had had these shots about two years ago, and the current shots took a bit longer to work. I believe the medicine was a different brand than what I had before, so I may want to go back to the first brand in the future. Nevertheless, Dr. Clem did an outstanding job and these shots have proven very helpful.