Jeff's Birthday Fundraiser for Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
In September, Halle was injured playing flag football. What seemed like a 2-3 week recovery, quickly turned into something much more. Her shoulder pain continued to increase to the point she was unable to attend school for two months, couldn't ride in the car, and couldn't even wear a shirt with sleeves. The slightest touch to her shoulder was debilitating.
We were sent to specialist after specialist with no answers. Then, after consulting her Pediatrician at Children's Medical Association (Dr. Heather Gupta!), we were quickly sent to Dr. Lynn Meister in the Pain Management Department at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. She reviewed the extensive files, MRI's, X Rays, Nerve Studies, and quickly diagnosed Halle with AMPS: Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome.
To learn more about AMPS, please click here: https://www.chop.edu/conditions-diseases/amplified-musculoskeletal-pain-syndrome-amps
Just as quickly as she was diagnosed, she was referred to Jessica Engle, a Physical Therapist at Joe DiMaggio who specializes in the type of treatment Halle needs. The initial therapy consisted of merely rubbing her shoulder for 6 minutes a day and flexing her wrist 30 times. While this sounds easy, for Halle it was excruciating. She was told it would hurt worse than anything she's ever felt, but she was not going to do any damage. In time, she would retrain her nerves and then regain function and relieve her pain.
Somehow Jessica Engle was able to build rapport and keep Halle on track, through the pain and tears. Two weeks later, something changed, and Halle finally bought in to the treatment. Since that time, she has been crushing her therapy and progressing more quickly than we expected. She has a ways to go, but she has returned to school and is determined to get back to football and lacrosse as quickly as she can. The prognosis is very good for those who get the right treatment and we are so thankful for Joe DiMaggio, Dr. Lynn Meister and Physical Therapist Jessica Engle.
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