His Knee Pain was Crippling
"I felt like an old man. I didn't want that kind of life."
Ed's knee pain began two years ago when he slipped on wet leaves as he was taking out the trash one morning. The fall tore his right ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) which stabilizes the knee joint. Plus, the ACL in Ed's left knee was also damaged from decades of running and refereeing. When the pain became too much, a physician friend of Ed's recommended he go see Dr. Christopher Kaeding, an orthopaedic surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Ed had one simple goal in mind: he wanted to be able to run and officiate without pain. During the appointment, Dr. Kaeding did a thorough examination, talked about Ed's love of sports, and discussed the goal he hoped to accomplish. The surgeon assured Ed that his goal was attainable and they would do everything possible to help him reach it.
ACL Surgery Fixed the Problem
"My experience with Ohio State was beyond belief."
One week later, Dr. Kaeding performed ACL surgery on both of Ed's injured knees. When Ed woke up from surgery, the doctor told Ed that he was scheduled for an appointment with an extremely talented physical therapist, John Taylor.
John developed a personalized physical therapy plan for Ed that was designed to get him to his goal. Ed worked hard at physical therapy, going to outpatient rehab three days a week and exercising at home three days a week. Ed jokingly calls John his "guardian angel," because he was always there looking over his shoulder to make sure he didn't cheat on any of the exercises.
He's Not Sidelined Anymore
"I felt like I was born again. I felt like I had my life back."
At a follow-up appointment four months later, Ed told Dr. Kaeding that he felt great and asked if he could try running on his newly restored knees. The doctor gave his approval and Ed prepared for his return to the game.
Ed vividly remembers the night he officiated his first college basketball game after the surgery. At one point, he had to pivot quickly while running full speed. He recalls the adrenaline rush when he realized it didn't hurt. After the game, he excitedly called his wife Cyndi to tell her that he ran up and down the court without pain for the first time in years.
Not only is Ed back officiating, he has also returned to his active lifestyle, regularly biking, walking and working out with Cyndi. The couple also has plans to dust off their scuba gear and take a diving trip in Florida in the near future.