Green Bay (WFRV) January 9th is National Law Enforcement appreciation day. To become an officer you have to be in top physical shape.
In healthwatch, Chelly Boutott tells us how one local hospital helped one man in training to become an officer keep his dream alive after suffering a major injury to his leg.
Timothy Fuerst is studying to be a police officer~ but an injury to his quadriceps muscle could have threatened that dream. He trains hard- his dream is to become a police officer, “I passed two physical agility’s with doc shocks work,” said Timothy Fuerst, patient.
Tim says he wouldn’t have been able to pass those physical agility tests without surgery. Last year while playing baseball, “I took two steps and I felt my leg pop,” explained Timothy.
Timothy new something wasn’t right- but he didn’t go to the doctor- and the pain didn’t go away, “A couple months after I realized that there was a ball of muscle where I would flex my leg it would move,” said Timothy.
And it effected his training, “It would feel like i was re-tearing the muscle,” said Timothy.
So he finally went to see Dr. Harold Schock who specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, “He probably had an ecentric force or a force where the quadriceps muscle actually pulled away from itself,” explained Dr. Harold Schock, MD, orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine, Aurora BayCare Medical Center
And waiting months to go to the doctor didn’t help, “What was happening that muscle was retracting and that gap was getting farther and farther apart 1708 and it was causing significant functional limitations for him,” explained Dr. Schock.
The diagnosis scared Timothy, “It made me like put my career in perspective almost like how its going to effect me in the future.”
Dr. Schock suggested a right quadriceps reconstruction. Dr. Schock connected the two pieces of muscles together using cadaver tissue, “We used a hamstring tendon and kind of weaved it through the muscle on both sides we tied the hamstring tendons together then we actually took a piece of an achilles tendon and sort of weaved it over the top,” explained Dr. Schock.
The procedure was a success, “I expect him to live an active healthy life and be a very productive member of our society being a police officer,” said Dr. Schock.
Timothy says his leg feels great and he began training at the police academy today, “Being a police officer is my goal and without doc shocks help and surgery to fix my leg i wouldn’t have been able to continue chasing my dreams,” said Timothy happily.
Doctor Schock says if you have a sports related injury- the sooner you are evaluated by a professional- the better.