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Alec — Physical Therapy Patient Story​

Back to back ACL tears in both knees in 2013 and 2014 eliminated Alec’s chances of playing football in his junior and senior years of high school. But that has not slowed him down, even for a second. With the help of his surgeon, Dr. Freddie Fu, who surgically repaired his torn ACL’s, and his physical therapist, Tony Sanks at the CRS Greensburg location, Alec is on the road to a full recovery.

“I feel very strongly that although I missed out on playing football, having worked with UPMC Centers for Rehab Services for my physical therapy, I am prepared to move on to my next goal in life… a career in the military”.


Active on his high school’s student council, and a member of both the wrestling and lacrosse teams, Alec is about to head off to college. He hopes to get an ROTC scholarship and is considering a major in engineering management or logistics, with the ultimate goal of serving in the United States Army.

“Tony Sanks and the staff at the Greensburg CRS were a part of my older brother's rehab program nine years ago. That was the main reason why I chose to go to UPMC Centers for Rehab Services when I injured my knee the first time. It made sense for me to go to CRS because I trust and have confidence in them. I never felt that things were stale. I didn’t have the same rehab program over and over. Other places just don’t do that. Tony always has a cutting edge approach to rehab and the people are great.”

"The people at CRS really helped me by creating an environment that basically was an extension of my athletic experiences. I have strength and confidence in my knees and I feel that I can conquer anything,” says Alec.

Read more about the physical therapy program at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services.