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Ryan — Physical Therapy Patient Story

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Ryan, a freshman at Slippery Rock University, has experienced several injuries throughout his highly competitive baseball career.

His most significant injury was a torn ligament in his throwing arm which ultimately required Tommy John surgery, a procedure in which a ligament in the elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body.


“I’ve had multiples injuries that I’ve needed to overcome, but when I messed up my throwing arm, I thought that would be the end of my baseball career,” said Ryan. “Once I made the decision to have the surgery, I knew that I’d go to UPMC Centers for Rehab Services’ Butler - North Main Street location for rehabilitation which made me feel better about the whole experience because I knew I’d have a good recovery.”

Although Ryan may have delayed his dream of playing college baseball, he realizes that he has a bright future ahead of him, one that still involves playing baseball.

“My experience with CRS was very positive,” said Ryan. “My physical therapists, Marc and Joe, and all the staff members are friendly, energetic, very knowledgeable, and work as a team to help people get back to doing the things that are important to them.”

Ryan’s physical therapists also served as mentors throughout his recovery and he is now considering a career as a physical therapist. He’s also happy to be back to playing baseball.

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