ASM Finds Team Building Adventures on the Weber River.

We were finally able to bring the entire ASM team together (with the exception of two employees) for a memorable float on the Weber River in rafts and inflatable Kayaks.

In recent months we’ve added several new members to our team and it was important to rally the group together for an outing away from the office. Even our newest hire, Gabriel

Scher (DPT), who just arrived in Utah with his wife was able to join us – a great way to meet the entire staff all at once!

One of our patients is a guide for All Season’s Adventures, and we were lucky to have him direct us down the river safely. He had to trust us with getting him back on his feet and we needed him to get us down the river. It takes teamwork to get down the river, especially when you add super soakers and lots of laughs!

We at Alpine Sports Medicine have done many fun social events, but this was one to remember. We live and play in our community, and that’s why we understand the sports and activities that (unfortunately) bring our patients to us. Now it’s your turn, get out there and play.

Employee Spotlight: Adrianne Musick

Welcome to Adrianne Musick, she is a physical therapist and joined the Alpine Sports Medicine team back in January.  Spend a moment to get to know her a little better.

Adrianne is a Physical Therapist with a wide variety of clinical experience from sports medicine to acute care as well as pediatrics to geriatrics. She graduated from the University of Michigan with her bachelor’s degree in Movement Science, and then pursued her passion for rehabilitation by earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in Chicago. While at Northwestern, Adrianne had extensive clinical training in orthopaedic physical therapy specializingDSC_0016 in shoulder, knee, hip and ankle conditions treated both conservatively and post-operatively. After graduation, Adrianne decided to combine her passions for physical therapy and outdoor recreation with a move to Utah. While in Utah her career lead her to Neuro/Trauma Rehabilitation which allowed her to work with patients with a variety of neurologic and orthopaedic diagnoses including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, total joint replacement and complex medical conditions. After gaining this variety of experience, Adrianne moved to Park City and is excited to apply her dedication for patient care in our community. She enjoys hiking, mountain biking, playing soccer, snowboarding, and running during her free time.

Lana Burton Fills Shoes this Summer at Alpine Sports Medicine

Meet Lana Burton, she is the newest addition to the staff at Alpine Sports Medicine Clinic and will be filling in for Janna Mann this summer while she is on maternity leave.   Continue reading “Lana Burton Fills Shoes this Summer at Alpine Sports Medicine”

Steph Fagin, Continues Here Education in Postural Restoration.

Hi there, Iʼm Steph Fagin, MSPT and the most recent addition to Alpine Sports Medicine since Feb., 2010. I graduated in 1986 from Washington University School of Physical Therapy in St. Louis, MO. Iʼve spent most of my 25 years working in the outpatient orthopedic/sports medicine environment with a few initial years working in acute care rehab. Continue reading “Steph Fagin, Continues Here Education in Postural Restoration.”

Jason Morgan Works Strength & Conditioning with Park City Baseball Team

I had the distinct pleasure of growing up as a baseball player in the snowy town of Park City. Over the years I faced many challenges in pursuit of my athletic dreams, most of which involved the excessive amount of snow piled up on the baseball field during our season. Continue reading “Jason Morgan Works Strength & Conditioning with Park City Baseball Team”

Mark Moeller: Early Summer Update on TKR Surgery Rehab

Hello everyone, It has been a quite a while since my last update. I was just discouraged with the lack of progress on my knees and therefore didn’t feel there was much positive info to share. Continue reading “Mark Moeller: Early Summer Update on TKR Surgery Rehab”

Meet Karen Procino, Physical Therapist

Karen is a physical therapist with 15 years experience.  She has worked in a variety of settings, giving her a diverse background and comprehensive understanding of the demands of a physical therapist. Continue reading “Meet Karen Procino, Physical Therapist”

Mark Moeller: The Quest Continues, Total Knee Replacement Rehabilitation

Mark Moeller continues on his road to recovery from Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery. This installment Marks shows some serious progress, remarkable to see the improvement in mobility…and don’t leave before you see the staples coming out!

Mark Moeller…Two Weeks in on Total Knee Replacement Surgery

It has been two weeks since my surgery! The longest two weeks of my life but…..I am continuing to make steady improvements. The worst part of everything for me is having to take all the medicines. It just makes me feel like……well,  like crap! I have extended my time between doses of pain medicine from every 4 hours to every 8 hours +. I am moving around better  each and every day. I am still using forearm crutches to assist in walking, but I can now go up a set of stairs step over step! Coming down stairs is still nothing to write home about, but I am slowly improving. I actually took the stairs up into PT today at Alpine Sports Medicine for the first time. My knees  still feel very, very  stiff but I am continuing to work on it at home with  the CPM machine daily. It feels as if there is no way they will ever get bending easily again! It feels as if they have been set in cement!   I have just been able to sit on a stationary bicycle and get the pedals to go around the whole pedal stroke…granted the seat is up a lot higher than normal and I have my toes pointed down all the way….but it still counts! The staples holding my incisions together are scheduled to be removed in 1 more week. I can’t wait, as they make me feel kind of like Frankenstein.  Still the toughest part is just an overall lack of energy. Even the simplest things take a lot of energy to perform. I am basically just wiped out most of the time. I still have not shaved my face yet because I just can’t tolerate standing up for a full 5 minutes in one place to do so. Anyway, despite my moaning and groaning, I am continuing to make slow, steady progress. I will try and update everyone on my progress periodically. Check back soon for more.

Mark Moeller: 2 – 3 Days Post TKR Surgery

Hi everyone!  This is my first chance to write a little bit as to how surgery went. Most people probably know that I am barely a computer guy let alone a laptop guy. Anyway, surgery went as well as could be expected. My doctor told me that my knee was a lot worse looking inside than expected. I think that is pretty typical as X-rays and MRI’s can never really tell the whole story. I was pretty nervous going in to surgery which surprised me a bit. I was wide awake at 2:00 am the night before and I did not have to be there until 9:30. I  managed to shoot  some video clips with my trusty Flipvideo camera throughout my hospital experience (Check it below) > and NO …my physician did not take his hands off the tools to shoot some video in the operating room!

I decided to try a spinal block this surgery so I could compare versus the standard General anesthesia route I have always taken with previous surgeries. I had always been concerned about hearing or feeling  anything or coming to during my surgery in the past….therefore I always opted for  general anesthesia. Well, I must be getting wiser the older I get because the spinal block was awesome. Absolutely nothing to be afraid of pain wise getting the block in ( bonus) and had much less anesthesia drugs im my body. I had no recollection of anything at all until I was in the recovery room at 3:30 pm . But the best part was that I had absolutely no pain at all when I woke up. My lower body was numb which meant ZERO pain!  For about three hours I felt great….really tired but great. When everything finally wore off, I just transitioned to the pain pump which I could self control whenever I needed to use it.

I stayed in the hospital for three nights following my surgery and ended up having a hard time managing my pain levels to the point where my functional level was acceptable to my physical therapist. Too high a pain level when you try to exercise or get up and walk just translates into minimal performance. Thanks to my PT for relaying her observations of my declining functional performance to the medical staff which resulted in some medicine changes which ended up resulting in a night and day improvement in my pain and functional performance!
Let me also tell you that having both knees operated on at the same time is a lot tougher! There is no better side to help out on. Also,  both of my knees feel about the same from a pain  standpoint . I had a Total Knee Replacement surgery on my left side and was just having a plastic liner exchange on my right (basically an oil change). But post-op, they both hurt about the same which kind of took me by surprise.
I am back at home now and just trying to take it easy and recover. I am having a hard time trying to keep ahead of intolerable pain levels which become instantly apparent when I try to get out of bed and walk to the bathroom. It is not very pretty! (Meza, Jason and Kenny can get a pretty good visual as they had to drive me a few hours to the hospital after a dirt bike crash a few summers ago. I still feel bad for those guys who had to deal with that one!) My bedroom currently looks more like a medical supply warehouse. I have CPM machines, GameReady machines, Polar Care machines and a nightstand full of medication bottles. Anyway I am doing well overall and just wanted to write a little about my experience thus far undergoing Total Knee Replacement Surgery.
It is definitely a big one!!!
I will keep you updated. My plan is to begin physical therapy treatment at Alpine Sports Medicine this coming week!