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A Patient's Perspective - A Young Violinist, Part 2
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017


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.

Brady's work ethic and can-do attitude and the positive energy and assistance of "fantastic parents" were crucial during this process, Goodwin says. "If you surround yourself with people who can help you help yourself, you can really do great things," she says.

Brady regained full motion of his bow arm and now plays the violin in three orchestras, including a first-violin position in the Northern Kentucky University Youth Symphony. "Never give up" is his advice to others fighting back after an injury.


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