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A Patient's Perspective - A Young Violinist
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

R. MICHAEL GREIWE, MD

Brady Smith with his violinBrady Smith, 13 isn't sure why he fell of the bicycle, but he certainly remembers the date: June 3, 2015. He shattered his right elbow that day, ruined his summer vacation and started a journey driven by determination and six words: "I want to play the violin."

R. Michael Greiwe, M.D., was called while Brady was at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers' Urgent Care in Edgewood to assess his injury. The break was significant, explains Jill Goodwin, P.T., MSPT, Physical Therapy Director. Even after surgery, gaining full motion was going to be a challenge.

But Brady is an accomplished violinist, and he and Goodwin agreed that his return to play was the only acceptable outcome. "He and I decided that we were going to defy the odds," she says. When the cast came off, his arm didn't bend.

Goodwin and Brady embraced the challenge. "She was very gentle and empathetic," says Andrea Smith, Brady's mother. "It became a positive experience," she adds, noting that she and her husband Todd were always welcome to attend Brady's physical therapy sessions. He had several months of therapy and an aggressive at-home regimen requiring three one-hour sessions a day.



 
 

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