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Get to Know Our SRH Staff: Dwight Putnam in Prosthetics

Dwight Putnam is a prosthetist who has been working at Scottish Rite Hospital for 10 years. Get to know him and why he loves working at our hospital.

What was your first job? What path did you take to get here?

My first job was making sandwiches at Schlotzsky’s… I took a very circular path…Started pre-med and ended up an artist, which eventually took me back into allied health.

What made you want to work here?

I could see the immediate impact of my work on the lives of my patients and their families

What skills do you need for your job?

An open mind, an open ear and a few hand skills…

What is your favorite prosthetic device that you’ve created for a patient?

_DSC5261One of the first specialty devices I made was a silicone finger for playing clarinet (pictured right). It was a pivotal experience in my career because at that point it became clear to me, how the patients at TSRHC could benefit from my skills and knowledge.

What’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

Our TEAM approach to treating patient families

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Grizzly Adams

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I proposed to my wife at the top of the Machu Pichu ruins in Peru. We hadn’t talked about marriage up until that point, but I figured as far as the scenery and the company, it couldn’t get any better.

What’s the last book you read?

Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas by James Haley- still reading this one, it is pretty thick…

What is something people don’t know about you?

I am the youngest of 4 children, I have 13 nieces and nephews that I am very proud of.

 

Sports Medicine MVP – Aaron

Aaron Lowenberg, 17 of Allen, says he couldn’t have played again without the expertise of Dr. Philip Wilson and our sports medicine team. In 2014, Aaron had pain in his knee that was keeping him from enjoying sports. He was diagnosed with osteochondritis dissecans of the knee and needed surgery. For some, this problem may keep young athletes from sports completely. But, our MVP just wrapped up his senior football season at Allen High School where the Eagles just made it to the Class 6A Division I state semifinals. We asked Aaron to answer a few questions and here’s what he had to say:

Photo Credit: Texas Sports Photos

Photo Credit: Texas Sports Photos

What sports have you played and when did you focus football? I‘ve played baseball since I was 5, basketball during elementary school, and football since I was 5 (Tackle when I was 8). I began focusing on football during my recovery my sophomore year. Because my recovery prevented me from playing baseball the spring of my sophomore year, I missed a critical season. Because of my size, football seemed like the best choice for me.

What was the most exciting moment for you this football season? For me, I would say being able to go and visit the elementary schools to do reading with the students and being able to connect with them like when I was younger with Reading with The Eagles.

What advice do you have for young athletes? I would have to say to enjoy what you do. Enjoy playing and the process of making it happen. Enjoy the family members that support you and the people that surround you. Because you never know when something so precious can take a sideline. I thank Scottish Rite Hospital for giving me the ability to experience football and what comes with it. With that staff of miracle workers, you are bound to succeed.

Have you ever met anyone else with Osteochondritis Dissecans? I knew someone who made it back to play football in college, so I knew if I did exactly as I should, I would have that chance, too.

Was it hard for you to explain your problem to your coaches and friends? Yes, it was very difficult explaining the injury because of the complexity. And also it was hard because I didn’t know what to expect in the beginning.

When you were released back to football, how long had you been out of the game? 9/21/15 – had been out since 8/12/14, and watched on TV as my teammates won the State Championship. I came back as a Junior through JV, and was pulled up to Varsity the final district game of the season, 11/6/15. It was incredible to get to run through the tunnel with my teammates.

Do you want to continue playing football in college? Yes, it is a goal of mine. It would be a great thing for not only getting to play the sport that I love, but getting a great education for down the road.

Since you are graduating from Allen High School in June, what are your plans next year? To go to a college to continue football and pursue my studies for a major in business and minor in communications.

Congratulations to you and your team on a great football season at Allen High School, we look forward to more success stories from you in the future!

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

 

Sport Science and Injury Prevention Weekend – Save the Date!

Looking for something fun to do as the winter break comes to an end? Our sports medicine team will be at Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco on January 7 and 8 to teach you and your young athletes about injury prevention. During the talks and throughout the weekend, Sci-Tech staff will lead children through activities to better understand the science behind sports.

We’ll have sports medicine physical therapists on-site to teach proper movement patterns for common sports moves using video motion analysis. Our movement science experts will explain the tools we use for athletes and demonstrate data collection techniques with a timed agility course.

Hear from sports medicine physicians on these topics while your children, ages 4-13, participate in an interactive sport science activity with Sci-Tech experts.

 

Jane Chung, M.D. – Injury Prevention – Top Ten Tips for Parents (Saturday)

Chung_WC_webCovering a wide variety of components of injury prevention, Dr. Chung will address easy to implement action items to prevent injuries in young athletes.

 

 

 

Shane Miller, M.D. – Sports-Related Concussions (Saturday)

Shane Miller MD_WCAfter defining a concussion, Dr. Miller will provide information about recognizing a concussion and what to do if one is suspected. He will emphasize the importance of acting promptly and following medical recommendations to help minimize symptoms and safely return the athlete to school and sports. 

 

 

Philip Wilson, M.D. – Preventing Throwing Injuries (Sunday)

Dr-Phil-Wilson-LIGHTER-updated-2015-07After describing how a young thrower’s arm differs from an adult, Dr. Wilson will describe common throwing injuries in a growing child. He will share the best known approaches for preventing injuries in young throwers.

 

 

Review the schedule of these free presentations and reserve seats for you and your children on the Sci-Tech website.

Learn more about pediatric sports medicine and injury prevention on our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Omar, age 11 of Dallas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Omar!

OmarOmar, age 11, of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital for about one year. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and as part of his treatment underwent a left leg above-the-knee amputation. Omar is now in remission and has been encouraging everyone he comes in contact with as he fearlessly learns to walk on his new prosthetic.

Omar is strong, outgoing and loving. He enjoys drawing, playing video games, riding his bike and playing monopoly. Before his amputation, Omar played football and basketball, and he hopes to start playing again soon. Omar is excited to cheer on all of the Dallas Marathon runners in December!

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Omar and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Watch a behind-the-scenes Facebook Live of his prosthetic fitting and one of his physical therapy appointments.

December: Max’s Moment to Shine

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Meet Max, age 9, of Arlington.

My Defining Moment:

Max’s mom, Virginia: TSRHC’s reputation gave us the confidence to adopt a child who had a prosthetic leg and hand differences.

My Moment to Remember:

We are always shown so much love and respect at the hospital. Our son is not just another appointment time or a number.

My Moment to Shine:

Max is a gifted artist. He was so excited when his drawing was selected as one of the hospital’s 2015 holiday card designs.

Give a Patient like Max a Moment to Shine – To support the hospital’s mission of giving children back their childhood, please call a TSRHC Development officer at 214-559-7650 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7650, or visit scottishritehospital.org/give.

Dallas Marathon Patient Spotlight: Grace, age 14, of Lucas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Grace!

GraceGrace, age 14, of Lucas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital since 2014, when she came for treatment of scoliosis. Grace wore a brace for two years but hasn’t let it slow her down.

Currently in 9th grade, Grace is musically inclined. She plays piano and violin in the Allen High School orchestra and takes singing lessons. Grace enjoys swimming and giving back to her community. She has also been a member of the National Junior Honor Society since 8th grade and plans to go into the medical field as a pathologist.

Grace’s upbeat, outgoing personality makes her the perfect mentor for younger kids. She was a junior volunteer at Scottish Rite Hospital this summer and plans to return next year. Recognizing her mentoring qualities, Grace’s school district chose her for the PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership program. She also teaches kindergarteners and first-graders at her church.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like James and Matthew and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

 

 

One year after a new ACL, our Sports Medicine MVP is shining!

Nate for eblast copyNate Rogers tore his ACL in his debut of junior league hockey for the Philadelphia Little Flyers a U19-elite team. Dr. Philip Wilson reconstructed his ACL and Nate took his rehabilitation and training seriously. One month after his return, he was named one of the “Stars of the Week” for the Eastern Hockey League. His recognition came after an amazing weekend of games scoring three goals. We asked this Richardson native a few questions and here’s what he had to say:

When did you start playing hockey?

I started playing roller hockey when I was 6 and ice hockey when I was 9.

What are your dreams for your hockey career?

My long term goal is to play professional hockey but for now my goal is to play NCAA college hockey next year.

Since this area is home for you, are you still a Dallas STARS fan?

Yes, go Stars!

What do you remember about your experience with Dr. Wilson?

Only good things, he really helped me not only to get back to where I was before but to actually be stronger once I fully recovered.

What was the hardest thing to overcome after your injury and surgery?

The hardest thing to get back after surgery is confidence.

What advice do you have for young, injured athletes?

The harder you work the easier it gets.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Hydration Tips for Young Athletes Training in Cool Environments – Sports Medicine

It is easy to just think about hydration as a method of cooling the body in hot training environments. However, water does much more than cool you down. For example, staying properly hydrated helps your heart and blood vessels pump oxygen to your muscles and when you’re training. Therefore, we want athletes of all ages to remember to hydrate, even when you’re not hot.

Here are some key messages for young athletes training and competing in the cold:

  • 2014-Marathon-Race-Day_SA053In cooler weather, you may not feel thirsty. This does not mean your body does not need water. Look for creative ways to hydrate on heavy training days. Fruits and broth soups are great ways to add fluids to the menu.
  • Make the temperature of the water comfortable, no need for it to be cold. Many prefer cooler drinks to warm drinks, but room temperature may be easier to drink when it’s cold outside.
  • Drink water before, during and after training and events. The key here is not to try to “catch up” after the event. Spreading out the volume of flud at various stages helps the heart, brain, and muscles stay oxygenated throughout the competition.
  • Sports drinks are recommended for long events lasting more than one hour. The added calories from sweeteners and the additional electrolytes meant to replenish those lost through excessive sweating are generally not recommended for young athletes, unless they are competing at intense levels, in very humid conditions, or in events lasting over an hour. Choose water and look for more natural ways to add flavor with fruit.

Learn more about proper hydration for young athletes here.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Meet our 2016 Dallas Marathon Junior Race Director, Jax

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Jax, our Junior Race Director!

Screen Shot 2016-11-01 at 10.48.12 AMJax, age 16, is a Junior in high school in Lake Dallas. She is an avid soccer player and came to the Sports Medicine clinic at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children last year with patellar dislocations. Dr. Ellis, a Scottish Rite Hospital surgeon, reconstructed a ligament using her hamstring tendon, and after working hard to fully recover, she is now back to her pre-surgery activities.

Jax is an accomplished soccer player and plays for her high school and a select soccer program. She’s fast, not to mention tough, and plays forward and outside mid. Off the field, Jax loves spending time with her friends and is caring, funny and dependable. After graduating high school, she hopes to get her associates degree at Blinn College and then go to Texas A&M University to begin pursuing a future in sports medicine. Jax is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to Scottish Rite Hospital and serve as the 2016 Junior Race Director for this year’s BMW Dallas Marathon.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Jax and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Training Medical Professionals From All Over The World

One of our commitments to pediatric orthopedics is to train future medical professionals. We do this in so many ways. From medical students just beginning their career in medicine to fellows who have chosen a sub-specialty within a certain field, it is important to us that we share our experience and our knowledge to improve the care of all children all over the world. Literally.

Our Assistant Chief of Staff Philip L. Wilson, M.D., completed his training in Auckland, New Zealand at the ADIDAS Sports Medicine Centre. He continues to collaborate with those colleagues. Most recently, they arranged for Chris Ling a young medical student to spend time here in Texas with Dr. Wilson and our team.

We asked Chris to tell us about his experience, here is what he said:

I am medical student in my final year of study at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. One of the highlights of our medical program is the eight-week elective which gives us the opportunity to travel abroad and experience healthcare in another country. There were a number of reasons for me choosing to venture to the United States for an elective in Pediatric Sports Orthopedics. Sports have been a big part of my life growing up and as a result I have always had an interest in Sports Orthopedics. I felt that there was no better place for me to experience Sports Orthopedics than in the United States where sports are ingrained into the fabric of the nation. It would also provide me with a chance to gain an insight into one of the most debated health systems in the world.

IMG_20161005_190711_1I was in for a major cultural shock when I first arrived in Texas from ‘little old New Zealand.’ It took a little while to get used to the Texas slang, portion sizes, sporting culture and most of all the heat! There is the saying that ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ and was no more apparent in Dallas where the catch phrase is ‘BIG’. I made an effort to immerse myself in the Texas way of life as much as possible. During my time in Dallas I took trip out to Fort Worth, experienced the atmosphere of the Cowboys Stadium, got a taste of the famous Texas barbeque and sampled the deep fried delicacies of the Texas State Fair.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Sports Medicine team at Scottish Rite Hospital’s North Campus. They were a great bunch of people to work with and made me feel a part of their big family. I learned a great deal during my elective and I was impressed by the teaching culture at TSRHC. Dr. Philip Wilson, Dr. Henry Ellis and the nurse practitioners took the time to explain clinical examination techniques, how to interpret radiological images and the considerations when making treatment decisions. I was able to diagnose children with a wide range of sporting injuries, some of which were novel to me. In New Zealand there is a lack of throwing athletes and gymnasts due to our focus on different types of sports. As a result elbow injuries related to these sports such as osteochondritis dissecans and Medial epicondyle apophysitis rarely occur in New Zealand athletes. I admired Scottish Rite Hospital’s commitment to provide treatment for all families, regardless of financial situation, with the provision of the Crayon Care Program.

FB_IMG_1477058431624We are so pleased that Chris enjoyed his experience at Scottish Rite Hospital. He shared his perspective with our team reminding us that access to specialty care is so valuable for young athletes. He hopes to share his lessons learned with his peers and mentors as he returns to New Zealand to continue training in pediatric orthopedic surgery.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.