Dan | Sports Medicine | Knee 08.12.20
My name is Dan and I am a 48-year-old ultrarunner, mountain biker and road cyclist. In the last several years, ultrarunning has become my focus and passion. Ultrarunning is essentially racing distances that are greater than 26.2 miles. Unfortunately, my outlook on running changed dramatically when my knee buckled and completely gave out during a training run a couple years ago. I felt severe pain and immediately knew something was seriously wrong. Later, an MRI revealed I had a large tear in the articular cartilage of my left knee. Upon learning this news, I started to wonder if I would ever be able to run again. Fast forward, past weeks of inactivity, sports medicine doctor visits and a few “second-opinion” orthopedic surgeon consultations, I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Pete Edwards. We had a great discussion about my injury, my future running goals, and my prognosis. After speaking with him, I knew immediately that I wanted him to perform my surgery.
In January of 2018, Dr. Edwards performed micro-fracture surgery on my knee. Almost immediately after my post-op visit, I started my road to recovery by beginning physical therapy. During the next few months, physical therapy became my new hobby. I did exactly what I was told to do by Dr. Edwards and Amanda, my Physical Therapist. While I knew there were no guarantees, I wanted to do everything in my power to have the best possible outcome. After all, my goal was to be able to run 100-mile races again and continue to test the limits of my body and mind.
After several months of physical therapy under the guidance of Dr. Edwards, Amanda (and later Tina), I slowly began to run again. As the weeks passed by, I began to get stronger and stronger. After running a few shorter races, I finally felt confident that it was time to ramp up my training and target a big race again. In September of 2019, I finished the Hallucination 100, a 100-mile footrace at Run Woodstock in Hell, Michigan! Finishing that race was so meaningful to me. After all I had been through, I was finally back!
While injuries are certainly no fun at all, I can honestly say I met some incredible people along the way during my recovery. I have such great memories working with Dr. Edwards, Amanda and Tina, and I can’t thank them enough for all they did for me.
If you are dealing with an injury, know that there is hope – and that there is an awesome team of professionals at Orthopedic ONE ready to work with you and get you back to doing what you love.
Joyce | Knee 01.19.18
I found myself hearing words that seemed very devastating to me. “I’m sorry the knee injury you have is very serious and a life changing event”. That little sentence left me with fear to go along with the intense physical pain radiating through my body.
I felt numb to the idea that the little things I enjoyed may never happen again. I could give up my love for hiking; but how would I ever accept the fact that this inactive status would render me unable to care for twin grandbabies who were about to be born, and my little grandson who would join them the same week? Would I ever be able to play with my other three grandkids? Could I really accept the news that I may never walk around the zoo with my family? Would I be able to finish my teaching career, which involved me spending hours each day standing in front of students lecturing?
What may seem like simple questions drove me to explore other options and another orthopedic specialist's opinion. As I researched and checked references, I decided to call Orthopedic ONE. It seemed like it took me forever to explain my injuries and my new expected lifestyle. My first thought, “I want the doctor who does knee surgeries on young soccer players, Dr. Peter Edwards”. It felt kind of silly in my heart that a 52 yr old patient would be valued the same as an athlete. However, I was pleasantly surprised that Dr. Peter Edwards and staff immediately encouraged me! Dr. Edwards was very honest, I was going to need to work on intensive therapy every day for the knee to reach full potential and therapy would not be easy.
Through the amazing care from my team at Orthopedic ONE and Dr. Edwards leading the way, I was determined to enjoy the little things in life. This determination was built through the motivation I received from my care team at Orthopedic ONE! My husband and family became my cheerleaders away from the office, as anyone who has been through it will tell you, everyone needs additional support to get through intense therapy like this!
The words “this injury will be life-changing” wasn’t a false statement. The knee injury has changed my life for the better! I now recognize the importance of appreciating the little things in life. I can now enjoy hiking, playing with my grandkids, being active with my family. I am even more determined to continue enjoying the little things than I was before my injury!
Thank you Orthopedic ONE and Dr. Peter Edwards, your quality of care and concern gave me back the simple joys in my life!
My first encounter with Dr. Peter Edwards was back in 1998, when I was 41 years old. I snapped my tib/fib 2 1/2 inches above my ankle while playing soccer. I reached out to my chiropractor, who recommended that I see Dr. Edwards. I set up an appointment with him right away and just a few days later he inserted a rod in my tibula that is still there to this day.
To my delight, I was back playing full time soccer within a few months! Part of what motivated me to push myself during rehab was the attention that Dr. Edwards paid to my injury from the first second we met.
Before long, I began experiencing wear and tear injuries in my legs, knees and ankles. With each new ache and pain, I've trusted Dr. Edwards with my care. I'm proud to say that I'm still playing soccer, but I would not be able to continue if it wasn't for the excellent treatment I have received from Dr. Edwards and his team at Orthopedic ONE!
I have referred scores of soccer players, friends and business colleagues to Dr. Edwards and I'll sing his praises anytime!
Matt | Knee 08.15.16
To Dr. Edwards: It's been about a year since we last saw each other. I'm the big stubborn power-lifter that tore his quad tendons last year. I wanted to say thank you for the great work you did. My knee's feel better than they have in years. I actually competed for the first time since December 2014 over the weekend (8/13/2016). To say I had a successful day would be an understatement. I managed to take the biggest squat I ever have and made it looked easy. I got myself back in the top 10 in the country, something I really wasn't sure would be possible. Here is the video.
06.29.16 Anonymous | Knee
I am the Mother of a child who recently had a knee procedure performed by Dr. Peter Edwards. His bed side manner was wonderful and he made sure to treat my daughter like person, not a "number". Dr. Edwards made a conscious effort to keep me informed about all aspects of my daughter's care. He even let me call in during one of my daughter's appointments that I was unable... Read More