September 12, 2016
Dear Dr. Green,
I want to say THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY RUNNING CAREER! You understand runners and the advice and treatment I received from you fixed an issue I’d been dealing with for almost 20 years.
In 1998 when I was 21 and in college at Virginia Tech, I developed a stress fracture in my right fibula. I was running the best in my career. I had just run personal bests of 4:12 in the mile and 14:47 in the 5,000 and was only getting faster. When I was diagnosed, it was a tough pill to swallow since it meant several weeks with no running. I was able to salvage part of my senior season, but I was never the same after that injury.
In my 20s and 30s, I continued to have pain in my lower leg and was even diagnosed with another stress fracture in the same place in 2009. I had been to many doctors and specialists over the years and they all said the same thing… stop running. No one was ever able to fix the cause, they only told me what no runner ever wants to hear.
Last year, I returned to running after yet another break due to injury, but almost right away I was having discomfort in my lower leg. I decided to give a doctor one more go before I put away my running shoes for good. I visited Dr. Marion Herring and Blakely Hunnings at Advanced Orthopaedics and they referred me to see you. On my first visit, you immediately identified the scar tissue problem and explained why it was causing the pain and reoccurring stress fractures. You treated it through active release, dry needling, ultrasound, and electronic stimulation. You also prescribed a simple exercise and strengthening routine and in just a few weeks I was running with zero pain.
It’s been several months since my first visit and I am thrilled to say, I’m pain free and running great again. I just turned 40 and have been doing well on the Masters circuit in Richmond. I’ve had a few other minor aches and pains along the way and each time I stopped in to see you and you fixed me right up.
Since June, I have run six races and have finished as the top masters runner in each race. I recently won the 2016 RRRC club championship in the half marathon and the 2016 RRRC club masters championship in the 5k. I also took the RRCA Virginia state masters title in the half marathon last month. As a token of my appreciation, I want to share the medal I won with you. If not for your knowledge, advice, and treatment, I am 100 percent convinced that I would not have been able to return to this sport that I love so much.