Now retired, former WOC-AM 1420 radio personality, Dan Kennedy is still behind the mic. He talks to ORA physician, Dr. Andrew Bries, a specialist in sports medicine, about the challenges athletes face. Dr. Bries worked with St. Ambrose decathlete Cole Connell as he worked his way back from debilitating shin injuries that threatened to derail his promising track career.
Cole’s world-class dreams take world-class injury treatment, and he has found a winning team of orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists who are supervising his recovery at ORA Orthopedics’ new 30,000-square-foot clinic in northwest Davenport. “I’ve been running on the new underwater treadmill at the clinic,” says Cole.
“It’s amazing! Not only is the water taking the pressure off my joints so my shins can heal, but the powerful jets provide enough resistance to keep me strong. I am also able to improve my running form in real time with the underwater cameras. It’s really cool!”
ORA Sports Medicine physician, Dr. Andrew Bries, is supervising Cole’s treatment to ensure the track star’s shin pain doesn’t progress to stress fractures.
Dr. Bries says he can better supervise Cole’s training regimen because ORA’s state-of-the-art physical therapy center, which is powered by Rock Valley Physical Therapy, directly connects to the physician clinic. “I can meet with both Cole and his physical therapist, Becky Burke, and we can monitor his aquatic therapy together. It’s the gold standard for sports medicine orthopedic care.”