Jack S. – Phillies MVP-atient

I wasn't always the swift senior-ish guy I am today! In November of 2017, I tore the medial meniscus of my right knee while teaching tennis. It started as discomfort, but quickly devolved into disabling pain. In the weeks that followed, I continued to teach, limping and unable to take more than one step in any direction. I often had to hop to avoid pain. My students were accommodating but knew they weren't getting the quality lessons they were used to.

In December, with no improvement, I went to see Dr. David Rubenstein at the Bryn Mawr office of the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. Viewing my MRI, he found a significant meniscus tear. Because of my high level of activity, he recommended surgery. On January 8, 2018, 3 weeks after my 64th birthday, I checked into the Rothman Surgical Center for my surgery. The facility was immaculate and the professionalism of the staff boosted my confidence substantially. I also had the utmost faith in Dr. Rubenstein.


I followed all of Dave's recommendations, including pacing my comeback and icing frequently. After a few weeks I began rehab exercises (due to my tight schedule I worked at home). I was religious about my exercises and icing. My mantra was, "I'm building a knee brace out of muscle."

I only missed two weeks of work. The third week I started back with a hired assistant helping me. Now 6 months later, I'm able to teach and play at full speed with no pain. I still ice and exercise regularly to keep things right. It's great now to watch the Phillies, imagining myself in their shoes without wincing, and if they see my video they will want me on the mound!

I am deeply grateful to David Rubenstein and the entire staff at Rothman for my terrific outcome!

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