Coordinated Health Exceeds UMass for ACL, MCL, LCL Care
“ After blowing out my ACL, MCL, LCL and Meniscus before my senior football season at Worcester Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts, I wondered what my future would look like. Depending heavily upon recruiting to go to college, I was overcome with grief, confusion and doubt. Luckily for me, despite my injury and consequential ACL reconstruction surgery, many schools including Lehigh University still pursued me.
I had my first ACL reconstruction in October of 2007, and upon completion of my rehabilitation schedule provided to me by my UMass surgeon, I would be ready to go for my first year of college football. I committed to Lehigh in late November of 2007 and was looking forward to getting back on the field in an even more competitive environment.
I arrived at Lehigh in the summer before my freshman year to train with the team and go through even more rehab on my “brand new” left knee. About a month into the season, after noticing some significant instability in recent weeks, my left ACL ruptured again. And again, I faced another reconstructive surgery.
After reviewing my MRI results, which I knew would reveal the bad news, Dr. Wayne Luchetti confirmed my belief. However, he also informed me that from the MRI, he deduced that the UMass surgeon who performed my first construction had made some mistakes that were most likely the root cause of my instability and eventual re-tear. At that point I was excited to get the surgery over with and just get back to playing football… again.
I had my second ACL surgery at Coordinated Health’s Highland Avenue location with Dr. Luchetti in November of 2008. The disparity between my treatment at UMass and Coordinated Health was incredible. Coordinated Health’s superior post-surgery treatment was clear to me when my surgeon, Dr. Luchetti, came to my hospital room around 11pm the night of my surgery to check in on me and explain how the upcoming months would play out. Nurses came to my room what seemed like every 15 minutes to make sure I was comfortable. The chef also swung by my room to personally take my order (which consisted of scallops, green beans, clam chowder, Caesar salad and cheesecake—a much appreciated break from college food).
Though at the time I didn’t really think about the excellent treatment I was getting (probably because of the morphine and the pain), I realized soon after that the nurses, therapists, surgeon and everyone else involved seemed like they were looking after me and making sure that this normally “sucky” experience was as enjoyable as possible.
I had been to the Boston Children’s Hospital and various UMass Medical locations for procedures, two of the best hospitals in the country. However, I never left them feeling like I had received the amount of attention, care and expertise that I did when I crutched out of Coordinated Health’s hospital in October of 2008.
After surgery, I began the long rehabilitation process yet again. They started me off with Mike Price, a physical therapist at Coordinated Health who just happened to be a fellow Mountain Hawk (Lehigh class of 1999). Working specifically with Mike and Ramon Pedraza, I not only felt like I was making progress on my knee but I also felt like I could talk to them about almost anything. The training staff always had some sort of funny debate going whether it be about sports, the office fantasy football league or oldies music trivia.
Entering my sophomore year, after another long year of rehab, I was finally ready to get back on to the field and play some football. My new knee was doing well and I really only had some minor pain and soreness, nothing that wasn’t expected. Practicing for two months, trying to get back into the swing of things after over two years of no football, I felt confident that I could finally make an impact.
Again, it was not meant to be. My left shoulder, which had a pre-existing injury form high school, was injured further during practice. Trying to play through it with a brace for stabilization did not work, which was really my only hope of staying active. Dr. Luchetti examined me, sent me for another MRI, and in the end, the labrum in my shoulder was torn almost entirely around. I had Labrum surgery in early January of 2010 with Dr. Luchetti at Coordinated Health and I am currently working on getting back into football shape and looking forward to the 2010 Lehigh football season.
Though athletically, I have had a tough time staying healthy, the treatment and individual care I have received from Coordinated Health has made the experiences easier, simpler and more comfortable ”
Minor Setback for Major Comeback
“ I've had nothing but gret experiences with all indivdiuals who work for Coordinated Health. Before entering high school, I had always shrugged off injuries and never really taken a break from competing. Coming from a dad who's in college athletics as a coach the mentality was shake it off you'll be fine . I think that helped me become more "thick skinned" and didn't let minor things stop me. Starting varsity field hockey as a freshman came with a long list of demands from my coach and myself. I wanted to better myself but I hit a bump in the road. I experience some knee pain which I thought was soreness but it wasn't. After seeing our trainer at the time (Christina), she referred me to Dr.Godbout. Dr,Godbout diagnosed me with patellafemora syndrome and told me to rehab at Liberty. Although I missed 3 games freshman year, I was pleased with my diagnosis and treatment. The syndrome in my knee is one that can go away for years and can be triggered to comeback. Despite my treatment with the trainers at school, I still experienced pain. Throughout my sophomore career I was constantly with Steph rehabing and getting treatment but nothing helped. So back to Godbout I went who gave me the same diagnosis and sent me to physical therapy. My experience with Michael Price was one that will remain a fantastic memory. He pushed me as hard as I could take and never let me settle. My coach Phil Danaher had rave reviews about Mike who helped Phil get back to playing. One year later Godbout made the decision for me to have surgery. It was a call that scared me but now I'm grateful for it. Three weeks out of surgery I'm feeling better then I ever have. My parents have helped nuture me back to somewhat health. I'm back in rehab with Mike and his assistant Ramon who never fail to make Physical therapy entertainable. My surgery was minor but affected my life and recruiting process drasticaly. I'm a junior who is ready to take on the challenges of next season with a full head of steam. The road ahead of me is long and filled with many challenges to overcome. One thing I can say is that I attribute my continued progess and success to my fantastic surgeron Brett Godbout and my physical therapists Mike and Ramon. ”
Jalen W. from Bethlehem, PA
How was your experience
“ The care, support, and concern from DR. Luchetti helped me deal with my issues. He encouraged me to do PT with Michael Price and promised I would feel better in time. Everyone at CH and Dr. Goffredo Hughes, from the moment I entered the doors to my PT, were pleasant and kind. Mike Price ,my therapist , was so very patient and encouraging also. He is the best. ”
Joanne M. from Pen Argyl, PA
My life changing experience
“ After tearing my ACL during an AAU basketball game, a college coach who happened to be watching the game, called Coordinated Health to make sure that I got in the next day to see a doctor. Having clear dreams of being a division one athlete, I was faced with the harsh reality that I now had a huge obstacle to get through before I could even be back on the court. Tearing my ACL during prime recruiting season caused many of my top schools to back out. Seeing my dream slowly slip away, only pushed me to work harder so that I could get back faster. My parents were my biggest supporters as well as all of my friends and teammates. After five and a half months, I was back on the court doing what I love. Eventually, I got a full scholarship to play division one basketball at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. ”
Abigail O. from Bethlehem, PA
Surgery and rehab
“ Dr. Luchetti had performed a total knee replacement on my husband a few years ago, so when I had knee pain, I went to him for a diagnosis in December. My knee was bad enough (full of arthritis) that he was willing to do the surgery at any time; but I wasn't in a great deal of pain yet. However, I decided to have the surgery as soon as possible rather than wait until I was in agony and couldn't walk, as my husband had done. My surgery was on Monday February 16. I was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday February 18 and started physical therapy on Friday February 20. and was discharged by the doctor and Mike Price after 8 weeks. Dr. Luchetti is not only an excellent surgeon; but a very caring doctor. He and his staff were always quick to return my phone calls and made it known they were there for me if I needed something. Mike Price is an excellent therapist. He is knowledgeable, willing to listen to his patients, and always there to help when needed. When Mike was not there, Ramon took over and provided the same excellent and caring attention. Surgery is not pleasant; but my experience with both surgery and rehab was very positive and I would recommend Dr. Luchetti as well as Mike and Ramon to anyone needing joint replacement and/or some sort of rehab. ”
Lynn M. from Bethlehem, PA
WONDERFUL PERSONALIZED THERAPY
“ MIKE AND RAMON ARE THE BEST TEAM FOR THERAPY!! ONE YEAR AGO I HAD THEM FOR KNEE SURGERY AND IN 2 MONTHS I WALKED WITH NO PAIN. NOW THEY ARE BRINGING BACK THE STRENGTH IN MY ARM. THESE GUYS ARE GREAT !!! CALL ME FOR MORE INPUT AS I CANT TYPE WELL WITH ONE HAND 610 837 0849 ”
ARLENE S. from Bath, pa
Hands Down the Best Physical Therapist
“ I began working with Mike for instability and atrophy on my right shoulder. I had two prior right shoulder reconstructions (Detached Labrum and SLAP Tear) and was considering a third reconstruction due to previous failed physical therapy experiences. Dr. Luchetti convinced me to give therapy one more shot with Mike and I went in with low expectations expecting the same result. Hands down; Mike has been the absolute best therapist I have ever had and this is coming from someone that has had three shoulder reconstructions (1 left & 2 right) in their lifetime so I have plenty of experience with many therapists. Mike does a complete evaluation and listens to each and every concern you have and takes the time to focus on that area. Rather than doing painful stretches that can increase inflammation; he massages the tight tendons and muscles to loosen the shoulder up which was something I never experienced previously in this detail. In addition; Mike has been the most knowledgeable therapist as well as he will gladly explain the function of each muscle and tendon so that you have a full understanding of how the joint operates. Furthermore; I have learned so many new tips and tricks to help prevent added pain/inflammation while strength training. I can’t stress how kind of a person he is and you can instantly tell that he cares for your well-being and getting you back to normal activities. Thank you Mike & Dr. Luchetti for everything that you have done for me! ”
James P. from Bethlehem, PA