Athlete Regains Mobility at Good Shepherd

An avid weight lifter and runner, Mike Moore of Allentown suffered a devastating injury that he thought might sideline him from sports forever. While playing a casual game of wiffle ball when visiting his hometown of Plymouth, New Hampshire, he tore his right quad tendon lunging into first base. After going to an urgent care facility, he was immediately sent to an emergency room, where doctors found he had a 99 percent tear of the tendon and recommended surgery as soon as possible.

A few days later, Mike successfully underwent surgery in New Hampshire, where he remained for a month, unable to make the 300-mile trip back to his home and wife, or return to work as manager of the bookstore at Northampton Community College. 

When he was cleared for travel, he returned to Allentown, but soon a setback occurred: He developed a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – a blood clot – from his knee to his groin and a pulmonary embolism. He was hospitalized for five days, and an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter was implanted to prevent any further blood clots from making their way to his heart and lungs.

About six weeks after his injury, Mike was ready to begin outpatient therapy. He chose Good Shepherd’s Health & Technology Center in Allentown based on the recommendations of friends.

When he started therapy, he was on crutches, had a leg brace for stability and could not bend his knee past 20 degrees. “I was in a lot of pain and thought I might never be able to walk again normally,” says Mike.

Mike approached therapy with the dedication he had tackled his workouts before his injury. He regularly came to his sessions, three times a week, and did everything his therapists asked of him.

“I am not sure where I would be without the therapy team at Good Shepherd,” says Mike. “Their style matches mine. I’ve made a huge amount of progress.” 

Not only can Mike walk again without pain, but he also is jogging on the AlterG®anti-gravity treadmill, which allows users to exercise at a reduced body weight. He hopes to begin running soon and has set his sights on running a 10K along the coast of Maine in September.

“You place a certain amount of trust in your therapists,” says Mike. “The Good Shepherd therapy team has been incredible. I picked the right place for my recovery.”

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