Conditions + Treatments
I have played sports my entire life and have experienced my fair share of injuries. I have had numerous broken bones, but in the summer before my senior year of high school, I experienced an injury that I knew was very different.
It was June 25, 2014, just a normal day at football workouts. We went on the field to work on passing routes. When I went to run one of my routes, I planted my left foot to cut and my cleat stuck in the ground. The rest of my body continued to turn and I felt and heard a loud pop in my left hip. I immediately knew something was very wrong, so I limped off the field and told my coaches. I went home, but then decided I needed to go to the emergency room. The doctors there couldn't find anything on the X-ray, so they told me I probably just pulled my hamstring.
I ended up going to see an orthopedic doctor just to make sure it wasn't anything more serious. That doctor also told me it was just a pulled hamstring and wanted me to rest for a couple of weeks. So I did, but when I tried to start practicing again, I was not any better. I was then put into physical therapy for a couple of weeks and that did not help much either. I went back to the orthopedic physician and he identified a fracture in my left hip, and told me it would just take time to heal. I could continue my normal activities. The pain never got any better and I played with it through football and baseball season.
I graduated from Phil Campbell High School in May 2015 and enrolled at Northwest Shoals Community College. The pain started getting worse. Sitting down was very painful. I could not run at all. My mother decided to make an appointment for me at Andrews Sports Medicine. On February 12, 2016, I saw Dr. Ricardo Colberg for the first time. Dr. Colberg reviewed my previous x-rays, took new ones, and expressed concern for my inability to sit or run without pain. He ordered a CT scan that day.
The CT scan showed an avulsed fracture of my left ischial tuberosity. Dr. Colberg called my mother and discussed the best plan of treatment. He suggested platelet rich plasma therapy, followed by daily use of a bone stimulator. I decided that I wanted the platelet therapy. So, on March 4, 2016, Dr. Colberg performed the procedure. I started using the bone stimulator every day for 30 minutes.
By May 27, 2016, my x-ray showed good bone healing. Dr. Colberg told me to stop using the bone stimulator. I had 5 weeks of physical therapy. I started jogging every other day. I returned to Andrews Sports Medicine for my last visit on July 14. Dr. Colberg said my fracture was completely healed. A huge thank you to Dr. Colberg and the staff at Andrews Sports Medicine!!!