Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Reid Orthopedic Center gets Ohio farmer back on his feet after grain bin accident

Charles Prashun is greatly recovered from aserious knee injury.
Charles Prashun was admiring his grandson’s sheep at the Darke County Fair last summer, when to his surprise Dr. Chad Reed stopped by to say hello. Only weeks earlier, Dr. Reed, an orthopedic surgeon at Reid Orthopedic Center, had operated on Charles’ knee. “Dr. Reed knew I’d be visiting the sheep, and came over on his lunch hour,” said Charles, a fourth generation farmer from Ansonia. “The man is professional and personable. I was really impressed.”

The two men might never have met if Charles hadn’t injured his knee a few weeks earlier. Charles had been working in one of his grain bins on July 3, 2014, when he accidentally stepped on a moving sweep auger. His left leg twisted awkwardly, tearing his quadricep tendon from the kneecap. Although unable to put any weight on the leg, Charles was able to use his cell phone to call for help. A week later, he was being prepped for surgery so that Dr. Reed could repair the ligament.

Dr. Reed told Charles afterward that rehabilitation would be tough—even more difficult than rehabbing after a knee replacement. Accustomed to hard work, Charles pushed himself to do everything Dr. Reed and his therapist asked.

Nonetheless, progress was slow. The Darke County Fair came and went, then harvest. By late November, Charles—and Dr. Reed—weren’t satisfied with his progress. “We wanted my knee to bend to at least 110 degrees—135 degrees is normal,” Charles said. “But at that point I was only getting to about 80 degrees. Dr. Reed talked to my rehab specialist, and then he recommended putting me under anesthesia in the operating room and moving my leg around to release the joint.”

The procedure did loosen things up, and soon Charles was making good progress with the help of physical therapy and at-home exercises. Today, he can bend the knee to 105-110 degrees, enough to farm his land, drive a car and get around with assistance. “I’m extremely pleased with the care I received from Dr. Reed, as well as from other Reid physicians I have seen over the years,” Charles said. “Now, they all have clinics at Reid’s new Greenville facility, which is right by my primary care doctor’s office. It’s all very convenient.”

Reid’s Medical Office Building in Greenville is located at 1101 Jackson St., and provides a combined location for health care specialties including cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, rheumatology and more. For more information or to make an appointment, call (937) 316-1300.

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