PT helps George Buchert get back to the tennis court and to playing with his grandchildren after knee replacement surgery

George Buchert is a proud grandfather of 7 grandchildren, with two more blessings on the way! He has always enjoyed an active lifestyle, playing tennis, golf and exercising daily. But what he truly loves is spending time with his grandchildren. In fact, he had big plans to play ball with them as they got older.

Recently, George began to suffer with arthritis in several of his joints.

“The pain in my knee severely limited my ability to walk. I could do about 10 minutes before I had to sit down,” said George. “I couldn’t accompany my family on walking excursions. If I tried to walk too much, swelling and pain resulted.”

After consulting with an orthopedic surgeon, George decided to have a knee replacement surgery.

“I asked my physician what I could do to ensure an easy and prompt recovery and he recommended physical therapy to strengthen my legs and my breathing,” said George.

George seeked out Kevin Dessauer, DPT at Baudry Therapy Center to devise a pre- and post-surgery plan to improve leg strength, increase his range of motion, and get his knee fully functional again.

“I told Kevin that if I could return to playing tennis 8 weeks after surgery, that would be an amazing outcome,” said George.

“I love when patients have a specific goal like George did,” said Kevin Dessauer. “He was motivated and willing to do anything and everything that I threw at him throughout the entire process. He would consistently ask me what he could be doing at home to make a difference in his outcome. He put the work in each day not just the days he came to therapy.”

Eight weeks passed and George was on the tennis court hitting balls again.

George said, “I believe working hard to strengthen my knee prior to surgery was the reason I recovered so quickly and with minor pain. With the help of Baudry Therapy Center, I continue to gain leg strength. The team at Baudry was outstanding. They developed a personalized plan for me and the follow through was A+.”

George is pain-free and back to playing tennis and with spending time with his grandchildren.

If you are someone you love has had a knee replacement surgery and wants to return to the activities they enjoy, call Baudry | BRIO today and schedule your evaluation today!

Life after a knee replacement surgery can be active with PT

Knee replacement surgery does not mean idle lifestyle

Edward Shwery enjoys fishing, walking, skiing, and hiking in his leisure time. But 6 months following a knee replacement surgery, Ed still found himself in a lot of pain and extremely frustrated about the things he couldn’t do.

After consulting with his physician (Dr. D. Allen Brown), Ed came to Baudry Therapy Center and received an extensive evaluation with trained physical therapists. His treatment plan included dry needling, manual therapy, and functional exercise.

Rich Baudry said, “First, Ed received an assessment of what wasn’t working. We found that he had swelling, weakness and lack of motion in the knee. We reduced the swelling and restored his range of motion. Then, we guided Ed through a progression of  exercises to restore strength, balance, and agility.  Ed was super easy to work with and really thrived in physical therapy.”

“My therapists helped me set realistic goals to focus my efforts. Together, we created milestone goals to maintain motivation and commitment so I would continue to do my home exercises. The therapists helped me understand which activities to avoid so that I wouldn’t set my progress back. I can honestly say that Physical Therapy at Baudry restored me back to health,” said Ed.

“Total knee replacement is a big surgery, which takes time to recover. But with a strong medical team and a great mindset, Ed achieved a great result! Seeing Samurai Ed in action during his travels to  Japan was the real reward for us. Ed is a testament to what setting goals,  hard work and determination can do. Congratulations Ed for your outstanding accomplishments!” said Baudry.

Unexpected benefits come from PT

“I began to really enjoy my home exercises. They helped my wife and I focus on changing our life style and being more active in my retirement. I am very pleased with my PT experience.  The entire staff was helpful and kept me on track,” said Ed.

If you are someone you love has had a knee replacement surgery and wants to return to the activities they enjoy, call Baudry | BRIO today and schedule your evaluation today!