Physical Therapist Kevin O'Brien works with Dr. Jeff Liudahl who's recovering from pelvis and hip surgery.
You would be hard pressed to find a more enthusiastic hunter and fisherman than Avera Yankton Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon Dr. Jeff Liudahl. So you can imagine how awful it was for him when he fell and broke his pelvis during a duck hunting trip at 9 Mile Lake near Lake City northwest of Sisseton in November that put him out of commission for months.
Dr. Liudahl says, "I was crossing a creek and I was making a big step to cross it and my foot slipped, I hyper extended my leg, came down irregularly dislocating my hip and fracturing my pelvis. "
He immediately knew something was terribly wrong.
Dr. Liudahl says, "Very much so. It was incredible this pain. I ended up dragging myself out of the creek about 30 feet to get on dry land and yelled for help."
After 2 separate surgeries he had to stay off his left leg for about 2 months. In January he started intense rehab with physical therapist Kevin O'Brien at Avera Sacred Heart twice a week and on his own at the hospital's fitness center.
Kevin says, "The main focus is on trying to get his strength back in his hip and thigh. Again, being off his whole left side of his body he didn't have any chance to shift to his left side or use his leg. We are working to improve his balance and his walking form without a limp when he walks."
Dr. Liudahl says, "Kevin pushes me hard. Physical therapy for me is great. I love coming here. He pushes me, I'm motivated and I've made incredible progress by doing it."
Kevin says, "Jeff is a hard worker. He's done everything and has a lot of motivation to get back to hunting. I use that motivation as best I can to get him back out there."
Kevin says because the type of injury Dr. Liudahl suffered, he may never be 100%, but they are both going to do everything in their power to try to get him as close to that as possible.
Dr. Liudahl says, "Absolutely. I will live to hunt again."
Spring geese don't have a chance! And in this case, I'm routing for the guy armed with ammunition, determination and a positive attitude.