In the fall of 2015, seventeen-year-old Toms River North defensive lineman, Cole, was playing against rival Toms River South when he was hit by another player and felt a pop in his left knee. Cole initially continued to play through the injury but eventually was taken out of the game due to the pain and swelling.
Cole was seen at the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey by Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Specialist, Dr. Michael Scalfani. After ordering an MRI, Dr. Scalfani saw that Cole had a complete rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a large displaced bucket-handle medial meniscal tear. Cole was immediately scheduled for surgery to repair both injuries his knee. Cole underwent what is known as an Arthroscopic ACL Reconstruction using patellar tendon autograft, as well as an excision of a bucket handle tear medial meniscus.
After surgery Cole began an intense physical therapy protocol to work on getting his knee back to full strength and fua ll range of motion. After only 6 months, Cole was doing great and was ready to get back to playing football.
Cole is now in his senior year playing the sport he loves and is doing fantastic.
Cole’s father Derek said, “Cole entered his Junior year with so much enthusiasm that he knew he would have the opportunity to play at the next level, and after his season-ending knee injury we all thought he may have lost that dream”. He continued, “Your expertise on how to approach the problem was exemplary and because of you and Cole’s hard work he is living the dream.
Whether it is a torn ACL in a high school football game, a shoulder injury to the “weekend warrior” or an overuse injury from a strenuous gym session, the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey will provide the proper treatment with the most highly skilled Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine experts using the latest, state-of-the-art treatments. The multi-disciplinary team at OIOCJ utilizes the experience and expertise of 15 Orthopaedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Specialists, Joint Replacement Specialists and Pain Management Specialists and has 5 locations throughout Central Jersey.