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“No Better Care Anywhere" - Concordia Rehabilitation Helps Butler Man Get Back Outdoors

August 5, 2014

Below is a story published in a previous issue of Faith in Caring magazine on how Concordia helped a local man after two knee replacements get back to sports and the outdoors. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, contactl us here or call the Concordia Public Relations Department at 724-352-1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below!

The prototypical “man’s man” has quite a few defining characteristics.

He’s tough as nails. He thrives in the outdoors. He enjoys a dark beer from time to time and can fix almost any problem that befalls a domestic automobile. He puts God, his family and his country above all else.

One occasionally-regrettable characteristic is that he may not ask for help as soon as he probably should. And that can lead to trouble every so often.

Bill Horne, a 59-year-old Butler resident, could be described as a bit of a man’s man.

Several years ago, Bill was playing softball, as he did every summer. Like many guys, he wasn’t necessarily “feeling his age,” and saw no reason to scale back the intensity on the field. After an awkward slide into second base, that changed.

“I knew pretty quick that I busted my right knee up on the play, but I walked it off like a tough guy,” Bill said with laugh. “I went on trying to play sports and stay active for a while, and before I knew it, I was walking as bow-legged as a cowboy.”

That’s because somewhere along the line he injured his other knee pretty severely as well. Before he knew it, the man’s man could hardly walk up a slight hill. That’s when he decided to get some help.

After a successful surgery and a quick hospital stay, Bill was admitted to the Lund Care Center on the Concordia at Cabot campus for inpatient rehabilitation. His wife Marcie works for Concordia Visiting Nurses, so it was a logical choice.

Bill knew the rehab wouldn’t be easy, but he was focused on his goal of getting back to life.

“I never wanted to regress, I just wanted to keep pushing forward,” he said. “The therapists really helped keep me in check and focused on the goal.”

Beyond the Concordia staff and his family, another motivating factor was a visit from his best friend – 4-year-old Golden Retriever Boo Boo. Concordia encourages visits from pets in short-term rehab because, as Bill said, “when you’re working hard and in some pain, it’s great to have the company of your four-legged friend.”

After just about a week in inpatient rehab, Bill was cleared for discharge to continue his physical therapy at home. His first day back was Thanksgiving – during which he and his wife entertained over 20 people. Bill never skipped a beat.

His therapy continued with Concordia Visiting Nurses Physical Therapist Dr. Lynn McKinnis, who also happened to be a neighbor. Having gone through both inpatient and in-home physical therapy, Bill acknowledged that there are differences, but that both were vital to his recovery.

“Inpatient care at Concordia was like having a coach who was always on you, pushing to make you better and stronger; and I needed that at first,” he said. “With Concordia home care therapy, they work with you still, but then give you the tools to succeed on your own. You need to stay motivated to do your home exercises and keep up your strength.”

It’s now well over two years later, and Bill has experienced a tremendous recovery. He’s back to doing the things he wants to do – golfing, boating, fishing and more. While most would point to his determination for getting back to life, he would argue it had just as much to do with his care at Concordia.

“I don’t know how you could possibly get better care anywhere else,” he said. “To say I’m satisfied is an understatement. If you need rehab, don’t be afraid, just call Concordia.”

For more information on Concordia’s rehab services and total knee replacement program, visit the Short-Term Rehabilitation or Concordia Visiting Nurses sections of our website or check out our total knee replacement rehab video here!

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