Andrew Montone is a patient at 3DPT Williamstown. He is a starting pitcher for Williamstown High School. While playing with his dog after returning from a trip, his dog bit his thumb and caused major damage. Andrew needed surgery to put in drains and sew his thumb back together. After surgery he had major limitations in range of motion and strength making it difficult to grip the baseball and bat. After 6 weeks of PT he is back on the mound and ready for his senior season!
Here is what Andrew had to say about his injury and his road to recovery with 3DPT:
Tell us what brought you to physical therapy and how this affected your life.
Andrew: This past November I returned from a trip and was playing with my dog. She was really excited and accidentally bit my thumb. The damage was extensive, and required surgery. I needed drains and my thumb sewn back together. I play baseball, and I am a starting pitcher for Williamstown High. Baseball is a major part of my life. I lost feeling in my thumb, and I was unsure if I was going to be able to throw a baseball again.
Tell us a little about your recovery process. What has been the hardest part of your therapy?
Andrew: When I first started PT after surgery nothing was easy. I had no grip and I lacked range of motion. The hardest thing for me was regaining feeling in my thumb. I worked on mobility of the nerves with nerve glides, exercises to regain sensation and grip strengthening. Slowly it started to come back and I was able to grip a ball and felt my hand getting stronger.
What advice would you give to other people who suffered similar injuries or are going through the same situation?
Andrew: My advice would be to work on the little things every day. Working on range of motion every day has helped me progress quickly, and I am ready for this baseball season.
Why would you recommend 3 Dimensional Physical Therapy?
Andrew:My experience at 3DPT has been awesome. It is a great environment and everyone is friendly. I had gone to Ryan in the past for my elbow due to baseball. I knew he had opened up a new clinic in Williamstown which is even more convenient for me than the Berlin office. It’s right next to the baseball facility where I work out. Ryan works with my schedule exactly to my liking so I can go right from baseball to therapy. They are always flexible with my schedule.
What are you most looking forward to that you may not have been able to do with your injury?
Andrew: I am really looking forward to this upcoming baseball season. I feel strong and ready to play.