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A Patient Story

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.

- Dan Patterson