Unfortunately, when you play sports you play with the chance of getting hurt. Knee pain and knee injuries are very common among athletes. We met a college soccer player in Aberdeen who was briefly sidelined due to a knee injury, but back on the playing field in no time flat thanks to physical therapy at Avera St. Luke's.
Lance Mohr is a junior at Presentation College in Aberdeen and a points maker for the Saints Soccer Team. Last season he ended up here at the Avera St. Luke's Physical and Aquatic Center because of an injury.
Lance tells us, "I heard a pop and the trainer came out."
It happened during the September 9th game last year after this striker got side tackled. He instantly knew something was wrong with his left knee.
Lance says, "Absolutely. No doubt about it. I'm really lucky though that all it was a dislocated knee."
Ron says, "When I checked his knee cap it moved quite a bit. Actually he had some laxity in his left posterior which is part of the knee."
Avera St. Luke's Physical Therapist Ron Van Dyke came highly recommended by Lance's coach.
Ron says, "Lance is an interesting case. I actually started in the core to redirect the influence on the knee working through the femur and also worked with some swelling reduction techniques. Then Lance went through a strengthening program mostly on his feet."
Lance says, "We did basic exercises to take some pressure off my knee so I could get back to playing last fall and then the rest of the rehab this summer we used to get me back to full speed."
The best part for lance was avoiding the operating room and the bench for months on end.
Ron says, "If you can work the right muscle groups sometimes you don't need surgery."
Lance has been an athlete his whole life. He is used to working hard, but he said the hardest he ever worked was in the physical therapy room. And he didn't care what size of therapy ball he was working with because he always had his eye on the prize: a soccer ball and it worked!
By the way, Lance has scored three goals on the year, which leads the team. He is definitely back up to speed!! The next home game is Friday October 1st at 4:00 Presentation is taking on Martin Luther College. To learn more about Presentation College and Lance go to: www.pcsaints.com