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Outstanding Fracture Care,
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A broken leg is a painful experience at any age. When an active teenager breaks a leg, it’s both physically and emotionally painful, just ask Madelynn Spite. “I am a pretty athletic person and very active at school, I’m always on the go. I am a varsity cheerleader and when I broke my leg right before the basketball season started, I was devastated.”

Madelynn and some friends were enjoying their Thanksgiving break by hitting the popular ice skating rink at Howard Park in South Bend, Indiana. While skating, Madelynn and her friend collided and fell on the ice. At first Madelynn laughed it off – as many young people would do. But when she stood up and realized how badly it hurt to walk she knew something was really wrong.

Responsive care when & where it’s needed

Madelynn’s mom, Allison, continues the story, “We were out of town and Madelynn texted us a picture of her leg. We knew it wasn’t good and she needed an x-ray immediately.” Madelynn’s grandfather took her to Medpoint on Ireland Road and they confirmed pretty quickly that it was a fracture. They put on a temporary cast that Saturday and on the following Monday, Beacon Bone & Joint called to set an appointment with an orthopedic specialist. 

Turns out that Madelynn broke her fibula in two places and her tibia was shifted out of place as well. This type of injury couldn’t be fixed with a cast and rest; it required surgical repair. Within 72 hours of the accident the orthopedic surgeon at Beacon Bone & Joint had all Madelynn’s options ready for review.

The quality of the surgeons and oncology team we have here – they are world class,” he says. “They had a game plan, a timeline and options for us. That immediately put our minds at ease. –Allison

Surgery was scheduled within a week of the accident. Now, Madelynn had to be patient with a somewhat lengthy recovery process. With orchestra and other school obligations, Madelynn was looking for a place close to school for her physical therapy. “The team at Beacon was so helpful in finding a place near school and setting up the referral for us,” notes Madelynn’s mom. “It was clear that they really cared about Madelynn, her needs and her recovery.”

The physical therapy team knew it was important for Madelynn to get back in the gym cheering and they were just as focused as she was to get her back with her team. The physicians and physical therapists worked together to make sure Madelynn had the recovery time her injury required while also being as progressive as possible with her therapy. It was clear from her initial meeting with the physician and all follow-up appointments that the team at Beacon were focused on Madelynn’s unique needs.

Connecting with heart

Beacon Health is the type of place that does more than provide expert care for orthopedic trauma. They provide specific care to address each patient’s individual situation. From the very beginning, the orthopedic staff made sure they talked directly to Madelynn as the patient rather than directing all of their information to her parents. That’s important because even though she’s a minor, she’s a young adult too and she needed to be involved to be as successful as possible at her recovery.

They really put the patient first. –Allison

Her doctors and nurses made a point of explaining everything to Madelynn so she understood – as well as her parents – what toexpect. They left no questions unanswered and helped give Madelynn not just the medical treatment she needed to recover but the confidence she needed to get back out with her cheer squad.

Beacon Sports Medicine

Get back to peak performance with Beacon Sports Medicine. Our team of physical therapists, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, primary care physicians, orthopedic surgeons, nutritionists and sports psychologists is ready to treat patients of all ages.

Fracture Care

With locations in South Bend, Mishawaka, and Elkhart the specialists at Beacon Bone & Joint have expertise in treating fractures of all natures in people of all ages. From compound breaks to stress fractures, our specialists are ready to accurately evaluate and treat your broken bones.

Beacon Health Foundation’s focus is a direct outgrowth of Beacon Health System’s deep commitment to enhancing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the communities we serve. Our tax exempt identification number is 35-1536129.