What first brought you to Patterson PT?
Q&A with Patterson PT client Ryan Snader and his road to recovery from ACL surgery
I had my ACL reconstructed and my meniscus repaired last summer and Mike was my neighbor and family friend, so that's how I heard about doing physical therapy at Patterson's. I originally tore my ACL skiing at Whitetail my senior year of college. I tore it in February, then wanted to graduate college first so didn’t have to walk across the stage on crutches, so I held off until after graduation. I graduated on a Saturday and got surgery that next Monday. I then spend the entire summer rehabbing it at Patterson PT.
What are you up to now?
Now I work for the Oyster Recovery Partnership in Annapolis full time. I do shell recycling for Oyster shells and planting oysters back in the Bay. I also was able to go skiing again this winter. I had a trip to Colorado scheduled for 2 weeks after the day I tore my ACL, so I rescheduled that trip for this winter. My first time back skiing I skied out in Rocky Mountains (with my brace) but was able to get back on the mountain! Since then, been to Liberty and other local ski resorts as much as possible this winter. Now that the snow is gone I’ll be mountain biking again too this spring.
How did Patterson PT help get you to where you are now?
Mostly, they challenged me. Whenever I came in for PT, they didn’t let me slack off. The therapists would continually push me and I think that that challenge really helped me progress and was one of the main reasons I was able to ski the next season.
What is your favorite thing about coming to Patterson PT?
I really liked being able to get a good workout in, and getting a personal best from the time before. Oh and also, the donuts on Friday was awesome. Overall, it's a really good atmosphere, they challenge you and come up with different ways to do it so you don’t really feel like you’re at physical therapy. For example, Mike would record how long it took me to scoot around the office on a stool and compare my time to other patients times so it was fun and competitive. Ovearall it's a very enjoyable atmosphere, didn’t feel like going to doctor’s office or physical therapy office.
Also, the therapists are very cohesive – sometimes would work with Randi and she would know exactly my progression and worked really well with Mike which helped me get back to skiing!