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|Kevin Ware's Recovery through Physical Therapy|
April 02, 2013 / Sports Medicine
For those thousands of fans watching with interest and excitement as the University of Louisville and Duke University battled it out to get to the Final Four position of NCAA March Madness, seeing sophomore and Georgia native Kevin Ware’s horrific injury was a shocking and heartbreaking moment.
The prognosis following Ware's surgery is positive. Doctors say that he should return to the sport within the next 6 months, following intense rehab. Physical therapy will play a very important role in helping keep Ware’s muscles strong while the bone heals.
What might therapy look like for Ware?
According to Derek Little, DPT, OCS, a board certified Orthopaedic Specialist in Atlanta, the photo released showing Ware on crutches is typical of this type of injury.
“They will want to have him get up and moving as quickly as possible, but he can not bear any weight on his leg for probably 4-6 weeks,” says Little.
Reports say that
Little went on to say that Ware will most likely be receiving supervised physical therapy sessions several times a day, and will probably include muscle stimulation and leg exercises to work the muscles of the hips, thigh and ankle. He will not be weight-bearing on his leg until bony growth has formed around the rod in the tibia, which will provide stability to the leg.
“Kevin is young, in good shape and highly motivated to recover from this injury and return to basketball,” says Little. “With all these things in his favor, he has the potential to be back to 100 percent of his skill level in a year.”
With this encouraging prognosis, it will be an exciting match this coming weekend with all eyes on Kevin Ware and his teammates!