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