On the Ball with Physical Therapy: February 6, 2011

It’s known as America’s past time and for 63 year old Ray Bicknell, it’s a way of life. “I’ve been playing for 45 years and I wanted to continue to do so.”

Ray plays for the Naples Heat. The softball team is ranked one of the top 5 adult leagues in the country. So when Ray’s knee started to ache, he took action. “I had total knee replacement on August 6th. The therapist that I had really challenged me. I wanted to be back on the field three months from the date of the surgery and I was told by my doctor it would be 6 to 8 months.”

In order to meet his personal goal, Ray worked with physical therapists. “Him being so active and wanting to get back to competitive softball was much different than someone who maybe was just looking to get back to doing everyday activities,” says Patrick Davin a Lee Memorial Health System physical therapist.

Ray was back on the playing field in a matter of weeks. “I was playing at a national tournament on the 6th of November and I had surgery on August 6th.”

“I love helping people,” adds Patrick. “Its so motivating for me to work with someone like Ray and seeing him have goals and helping patients to achieve that is just so rewarding.”

Adding to Ray’s speedy recovery was his home rehabilitation exercises. Studies find that patients do recover quicker and easier when they follow both home and outpatient therapy recommendations.