Getting Back in the Game

Pat O’Rourke says he knows the importance of early diagnosis and intervention of orthopedic injuries. And he’s had his share.

For more than 10 years, O’Rourke has been seeing Dr. Keith Hollingsworth, an orthopedic surgeon with the Ohio Orthopaedic Center, for his injuries.

“I learned when I was coaching high school and college football how important it is for early diagnosis of problems so you can get them fixed and get back to being active,” said O’Rourke, who played college football at the University of Dayton.

His most recent injury was a torn plantaris tendon in June of this year. He is doing rehabilitation to try to overcome that injury along with his strained Achilles tendon, which happened in August of 2011. Dr. Hollingsworth also repaired O’Rourke’s torn rotator cuff and performed arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees. As a self-described Type A person, O’Rourke wants to get fixed so he can “get back in the game.”

“At the age of 62, it’s important for me to be able to stay active,” said O’Rourke, the firm administrator for the Dagger, Johnston, Miller, Ogilvie & Hampson law firm in Lancaster. “I’m certainly not as active as I was when I was 50 or 40 or 30 or 20, but it’s been important to me and Dr. Hollingsworth has taken care of me every time.”

Despite his numerous orthopedic injuries, O’Rourke has remained active, exercising and golfing in his free time. He says if he is able to get to the Robert K. Fox Family YMCA five or six times a week to exercise and golf once or twice a week, it’s a good week. He makes it clear he doesn’t consider himself a “golfer,” but has always enjoyed the game so he took lessons beginning in 2006. “Exercise is as good for mental health as it is for physical well-being,” he said. “Dr. Hollingsworth has kept me physically active and that contributes to a positive attitude when some form of adversity shows up.”

And Dr. Hollingsworth’s goal is to get patients active again. “We want to bring patients back to pre-injury activity level,” says Dr. Hollingsworth, who is board certified in orthopedic surgery, specializing in sports medicine.

Although some of O’Rourke’s orthopedic injuries are chronic, he continues the daily regimen he learned during his physical therapy sessions. “Sometimes people think they just need to stop what they’re doing and that’s not the case,” O’Rourke said. “You have to stay active and you have to keep moving!”

For more information about orthopedic services at Fairfield Medical Center, call (740) 687-8276.

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