Every comeback is a journey, and nobody can do it alone
Every day there are amazing Twin Cities Orthopedics patients overcoming fears, pushing their limits, and coming back from injuries. Whether they’re an athlete trying to get back to competition, or an active adult trying to get their normal life back, the journey can be tough.
We’re honored to be surrounded by such a powerful community of people who overcome adversity, push themselves to new mental and physical limits, and – most importantly – lift up those around them.
We hope the amazing stories below will be an inspiration to anyone facing their own comeback journey. Scroll to view, or click to jump:
It was a national BMX competition, and the stakes were high. James was fueled by adrenaline as he shot out of the gate, racing to an early lead. But then the unthinkable happened, and the packed crowd gasped as he crashed hard into the solid dirt track.
A lacerated spleen. Broken bones in his hand and arm. A concussion. The injuries left James in a bad way physically, but mentally, he was determined to get back on his bike as quickly as possible.
Needing both surgery and physical therapy, James turned to TCO for his recovery and dedicated himself to coming back better than ever. With trust in TCO’s plan, James worked his way back to full health.
What he did next – was nothing short of amazing. In his first race back, James pulled of a national win and is now chasing his dream of one day being an Olympian.
Savannah, 10-Year-Old Runner
A beautiful 4th of July on her family’s boat took a serious turn when 10-year-old Savannah fractured her ankle while wakesurfing.
Savannah developed a love for running as a participant in Girls on the Run Twin Cities, a local nonprofit and TCO partner dedicated to empowering girls to recognize and achieve their limitless potential. Not being able to run was devastating, but Savannah was determined to come back from her injury stronger than ever before.
From diagnosis at a TCO Orthopedic Urgent Care location, to physical therapy at Training HAUS (Powered by TCO) in Eagan, Savannah had a full care team supporting her recovery and getting her back on the pavement.
She developed a strong connection with physical therapists Michael Shirilla and Russell Linville, who guided her through a full recovery. With a positive attitude and lots of dedication, she was back running the Girls on the Run 5K just four months after her injury.
Mallory, Paralympic Swimmer
During her pursuit for another Paralympic gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic games, swimmer Mallory Weggemann severely injured her arm. For many athletes, it would have meant the end of a career, but Mallory’s not like most athletes.
Instead of giving up, she is working harder than ever to once again shatter expectations.
An Eagan native, Mallory discovered Training HAUS (Powered by TCO) in 2018 and quickly realized it had the resources she needed to forge her path to Tokyo. Under the guidance of physical therapist and sports performance coach Russell Linville, she finds creative new ways to blend traditional rehabilitation with strength and conditioning, all while being surrounded by likeminded athletes.
She approaches every day with fierce determination, focused on one singular goal: reclaiming her throne atop the podium at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.