Christopher Whippen, Vernon, CT – arthroscopy surgery
Always an on and off runner, in November 2009 I ran my first half marathon, and my running career took off. I was doing races and logging miles month after month, all over the northeast; running had become something very special to me - and something that I was getting good at. But over time, I noticed a gradually increasing pain in the front of my hip.
For almost 2 years I sought various physical therapists, orthopedic specialists, cortisone shots, sports consultants, etc. I tried everything possible to figure it out. I was even told that I was just "getting old" by one doctor, which almost brought me to tears (I was only 28).
By the summer of 2011, I could barely walk. This made me increasingly nervous considering my wife and I were expecting our first child, a girl, that September. I heard about Dr. Bryan Kelly at HSS through author/ironman Matt Long, a "running hero" of mine who I had met at the April 2011 Boston Marathon.
On my first visit to Dr. Kelly, diagnosed me with a labral tear and scheduled my surgery. His office is a well-oiled machine - by far the best medical experience I have ever had. The surgery went smoothly, and Dr. Kelly’s office staff supported me through every step of the recovery process.
Now, 8 months later, I have returned to running and can't thank God enough for the people at HSS.
Christopher Whippen with his daughter, Avery
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