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Alison gets back to the softball field after a torn ACL

Alsion in leg brace.Thirteen-year-old Alison is a pitcher for the Spokane Diamonds softball team. When she was 12, she suffered a torn ACL and meniscus during a game when her pitching toe got stuck in the turf. It caused the bottom half of her leg to stay stationary while the top portion twisted. She heard a pop and immediately fell to the ground.

A friend told Alison’s mother Katie that she should go to the Spokane Shriners Hospital – a hospital with the only pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in their region. They got an appointment with Bryan Tompkins, M.D., right away.

“Alison and I went to the first appointment not sure what to expect. We had been doing ACL repair research and were overwhelmed with everything. From the moment we set foot into the Spokane Shriners Hospital we were put at ease. Everyone was kind and supportive. We met with Dr. Tompkins for over two hours and we never felt rushed. He was there for us to ask anything,” Katie said.

Following her surgery, rehabilitation was long and arduous but Alison worked extremely hard to get back on the softball field.  “I couldn’t drive out at 100 percent and I could only pitch three innings. I followed Dr. Tompkins’ rules and pitched for the first time in 2016!” Alison said.

“We cannot say enough great things about how well the Spokane Shriners Hospital has treated us and her, they have gone above and beyond with their respect and love. Because of the expert care she received, she is back at softball, doing what she loves and looking toward her future in softball,” Katie said.

Learn more about sports injuries care at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Spokane.