Returning to the Field After a Soccer Injury

Returning to the Field After a Soccer Injury

Kelly Sawyers is passionate about her job as a soccer
coach. Thanks to Dr. Shah and the staff at Saint Joseph London hospital, she didn’t let a torn meniscus and ACL keep her off the field.

Kelly Sawyers, Soccer CoachKelly was coaching high school girls’ soccer for Whitley County when a scrimmage resulted in her injury. Having seen other athletes experience this before, Kelly said she knew almost immediately what had happened.

Treatment at Saint Joseph London

Kelly visited Saint Joseph London where Dr. Shah treated her torn meniscus and ACL.

“Dr. Shah was so professional and patient,” said Kelly. “He walked me through my X-rays and explained everything. He showed me what was torn and told me what it would look like after surgery.”

Dr. Shah provided Kelly with a list of at-home exercises that would prepare her for surgery, including walking and stretching to loosen the muscles that needed surgery. Kelly followed the exercise plan and received surgery within a month of getting injured.

“Dr. Shah fixed everything quickly and always made me feel comfortable,” said Kelly. “You could tell he really cared about me. He offered his phone number and said to call anytime with any questions. He explained every step of the process so that I was never blindsided.”

Recovering from Surgery

Kelly’s procedure was outpatient and she noted how Dr. Shah used small, precise incisions to minimize scarring.

“Before surgery, I was so nervous and emotional. I said to Dr. Shah, ‘Small cuts, small scars,’” said Kelly. “He kind of laughed and said ‘OK,’ but he didn’t let me down. My scars are smaller
than my pinky nail. And it made me feel good that he listened to what I had to say.”

Kelly is now working hard in physical therapy toward her goal of coaching soccer again in June. Dr. Shah is overseeing her therapy and providing protocol for her therapists to ensure she heals correctly. She is engaging in agility training and can already run more than a mile.

“The recovery process has been very encouraging,” said Kelly. “Dr. Shah pushes me toward my goals, but never pushes too hard. Best of all, he understands my passion for soccer and tells me that I will play again. He never says ‘no,’ he just says ‘in time,’ which keeps me going.”

Dr. Jay Shah is an orthopedic surgeon at KentuckyOne Health Orthopedic Associates at Saint Joseph London

 

High School Football Player Gets Back in the Game After Torn ACL

High School Football Player Back in the Game After Torn ACL

High School Football Player Gets Back in the Game After Torn ACL

Since the young age of 5, Jaylon Conwell has loved sports, especially football. The now 17-year-old plays for the Pulaski County High School football team, and was part of the team when it won its first state championship in 2014.

Jaylon ConwellThe Pulaski County Maroons defeated Graves County 14-7 in the state championship game, and Jaylon helped score the two touchdowns for the win. While the team was thrilled to win, Jaylon dreamed of bringing home another state title.

For several years, the Maroons have made it back to the state tournament. It was in the 2015 playoff game before the state championship, however, where Jaylon encountered a setback – a torn ACL as another player’s helmet hit his knee. While the team made it to the state championship again, and lost, Jaylon was thinking about recovery and getting back on the field again for his senior year.

“Jaylon was determined to make it back to the state championship,” said Georgia Reed, Jaylon’s mother. “It usually takes nine months to recover from an ACL tear. Jaylon did it in eight months.”

All summer long, as students were enjoying time off from school, and the football team was training for the approaching season, Jaylon was working with Dr. Jay Shah with KentuckyOne Health Orthopedic Associates in London. He never lost his focus of returning to the field for his last season at Pulaski County High School, and returning to the state championship.

Returning to the Field

After working with Dr. Shah and going through rehabilitation, Jaylon was able to return to the football team this year for his final season. There have been minor setbacks on the field, including a shoulder sprain, but every step of the way, Dr. Shah has been there to help Jaylon. The leading rusher has even found a friend in his doctor, who has showed up at games to support Jaylon.

“Now, Jaylon is even interested in working in the medical field someday,” said Reed. “He’s considering being an orthopedic surgeon, like Dr. Shah. Jaylon is thankful that Dr. Shah helped him to return to the sport he loves, and is interested in doing the same for others.”

Jaylon plans to attend college within the state of Kentucky next year, and will continue to pursue his love of football. Thanks to Dr. Shah, his dream to return to the football field in time for his senior year was reached.

Dr. Jay Shah is an orthopedic surgeon with KentuckyOne Health Orthopedic Associates at Saint Joseph London.

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Double Trouble
When sports injuries threatened to slow down the Phelps twins, they found the help they needed to stay on track at Saint Joseph London, part of KentuckyOne Health.

The 16-year-old sophomores, Madison and Payton Phelps, attend Southwestern High School in Somerset and are active in their school’s athletic program. Unfortunately, they have both had personal experiences with one of the greatest downsides of playing sports — injuries. But, with the help of Jay Shah, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Saint Joseph London, the Phelps twins are working toward an exceptional comeback.

Madison: A Scrimmage Misstep

A wrong step during a basketball scrimmage left Madison in agony. It only took a moment, but the intense pain in her knee told her that something was seriously wrong.

After visiting her primary care physician, who ordered an X-ray and MRI, Madison was diagnosed with a strained anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). When her pain continued despite physical therapy, Madison’s doctor recommended she see Dr. Shah for a second opinion.

Dr. Shah diagnosed Madison with a 70 percent ACL tear and advised her that surgery would be the best way to free her from pain. Shortly after, Dr. Shah performed corrective surgery, and Madison’s real recovery began.

“After surgery, Dr. Shah called to check on me multiple times,” Madison said. “He asked if I had any questions and made me feel comfortable about the process. I saw him for follow-up appointments, and he kept up with my progress from physical therapy until I was completely healed.”

Madison has been cleared to continue playing basketball.

Payton: A Tricky Catch

About a year after Madison’s knee injury, her brother, Payton, injured his finger while catching a football. At first, the family thought it was jammed and would heal with time. However, the swelling and pain continued getting worse.

A visit to his primary care provider revealed that Payton’s finger was broken and would require surgery. The Phelps family knew exactly who to turn to.

“We emailed Dr. Shah on a holiday about Payton’s finger, expecting him to respond the next day, and he replied within 10 minutes,” said Paula Phelps, the twins’ mother. “The next day, Dr. Shah saw Payton and did his surgery. It was great to feel that personal connection.”

Payton’s surgery was successful and Dr. Shah is optimistic that his finger will continue to heal.

This story originally appeared in the 2017 Spring edition of One Health magazine. For more stories like this one, subscribe to One Health today.