Posted on: September 28, 2015
Joints take quite the beating over the average person’s lifetime. For Joe Crawford, a rebar contractor working on construction of the Cherokee replacement hospital, it seemed like his joints had reached their limit sooner than he was ready.
To the layperson, rebar is the steel bar and wire often seen peeking out of the concrete in the early stages of building construction. The rebar serves as necessary reinforcement, as the concrete would implode without the tension the steel provides.
His work on the new hospital had just begun and his home improvement projects, along with a full season of fishing, were just around the corner. He knew that his problems with an injured shoulder and knee couldn’t wait any longer.
So when it came time for Joe to reinforce the key joints in his shoulder and knee, he visited Dr. Brian Seng and Dr. Stephanie Hsu of Northside Cherokee Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
“As a contractor I’m very active on a daily basis, whether it’s climbing ladders, carrying equipment or driving my truck, I need good knees and shoulders to do my job properly,” Joe said. “Our work on a big job like Northside Cherokee is no exception. Luckily for me, the old adage of ‘the better the doctor, the better the recovery’ rings true.”
Joe required the shoulder replacement after a hard fall which resulted in a large rotator cuff tear. After consulting with Dr. Hsu, she recommended a reverse total shoulder replacement, considered more beneficial than a conventional shoulder replacement for patients like Joe who suffer from a type of shoulder arthritis called “cuff tear arthropathy. ”
“After about 6 weeks in a sling and great supportive therapy from the Northside staff I was delighted to regain use of my arm” Joe said.
However, Joe was soon back at Northside Cherokee with the Orthopaedics staff after adhesive from a knee replacement seven years prior had begun to deteriorate.
Fortunately however, for Joe and his work, he saw a speedy recovery following the knee replacement surgery performed by Dr. Seng.
“At first it sounded like my recovery would be long and arduous, requiring the use of a walker for mobility, but after three days I was able to walk on my own, even without the assistance of a cane,” Joe said. “It really speaks to Dr. Seng’s talent and dedication that I was able to move freely so quickly.”
It’s not just his work on Cherokee Hospital that Joe’s excited to get back to. Since his recovery, he’s been able reap the benefits of hard work on his land.
“I’m such an active person and I always have to fill up my day, even when I’m off. Recently I was able to put up 300 yards of fence on my property” Joe said. “More importantly, I’m able to cast a lure again. Fishing was something I’d lost before my shoulder surgery. It’s good to know I have it back in my life.”
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