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news item News Thursday, February 15, 2018 Thursday, February 15, 2018 1:49 PM - Thursday, February 15, 2018 1:49 PM

Back in the game!

Sports injury care helps Julia return to soccer

Julia, an avid soccer player, was in the middle of a soccer game when she injured her knee. Julia was playing with her club team, Elite Club National League (ECNL), in Boise, Idaho, when she planted her foot after a sprint and felt her knee buckle. Julia was worried about whether or not she would be able to play in the next day’s game, but it soon became clear that it was worse than she originally thought. Initially Julia’s physician didn’t think that the injury was that severe and he suggested rest. An MRI requested by Julia’s mother, Michelle, showed a possible ruptured Baker’s cyst (fluid filled cyst) and concerns for a medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear. “We were devastated and we turned to Shriners Hospital every step of the way,” said Michelle.

Julia was soon seen by Krister Freese, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at the Portland Shriners Hospital, where he diagnosed her with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), requiring an ACL reconstruction.“Dr. Freese answered all of my questions and had very clear and open communication with me through the whole process,” said Julia. “Everyone was very caring and understanding, and treated me very well!”

After a successful knee surgery, Julia returned to the Portland Shriners Hospital for physical therapy to regain full function of her knee. She worked with physical therapist Herb Hostler, who made her rehabilitation not only effective, but enjoyable. “I loved working with Herb,” she said. “He got me back to where I needed to be physically, but also made it fun!”

“It was great to be able to see Julia work so well with Herb to get back to her sport” explains Dr. Freese. “One of the best aspects of our comprehensive care is working together as a team to help a patient reach their goals.”

Julia, having recently completed full rehabilitation, is excited to be cleared and permitted to play soccer with full contact again. She is happy to report that everything has been going well, and she looks forward to continuing to play soccer and hopes to play collegiately.

Learn more about the comprehensive sports injury services the Portland Shriners Hospital provides.

Julia on the field after ACL treatment at sports injury clinic