An avid runner and competitive athlete in high school, William “Bill” Scarry, 74, of McLean, Va., never thought twice about family hiking trips and loved playing football and other sports. In 2005, he immediately knew something was wrong when he noticed agonizing pain in both knees. Eventually, walking long distances and climbing stairs became a daily physical challenge for Scarry.
When the pain began, Scarry saw Andrew W. Bender, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hip and knee injuries.
“[Bill] had slowly progressive bilateral knee pain,” Dr. Bender says. “There was equal disease in each knee, which subsequently limited his walking and endurance.” After living with knee pain for 10 years, Scarry was comfortable following Dr. Bender’s recommendation for bilateral knee surgery in August 2015.
Two days after surgery at Shady Grove Medical Center, Scarry was transferred next door to Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation (PH&R), an acute rehabilitation facility that holds national accreditations for quality services and programs.
Scarry spent 12 days at Adventist’s PH&R, receiving vigorous rehabilitation from an experienced clinical team of physicians, therapists and staff. “The continuous and consistent care was there—every hour on the hour there was a nurse who tended to me,” Scarry recalls. “The team looked out for me, and the nurses were always available to assist with any of my questions or concerns.”
Farhad Ostovari, Scarry’s physical therapist, worked with him daily to increase his range of motion in both knees. By the second day, Scarry was performing his exercises regularly and independently walking to build his physical strength and flexibility. “Bill would not take no for an answer,” Ostovari says. “He was doing his exercises religiously.”
Personalized Recovery Plans
At PH&R, rehabilitation experts guide each patient through a personalized treatment program focused on increasing self-reliance and physical independence. Similar to Scarry’s rehabilitation program, most include a combination of therapies and activities to help the person improve physical mobility, regain daily living skills and prepare for re-entry into the community.
At its locations around Montgomery County, PH&R offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs for traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations, orthopedic injuries and surgeries, sports-related injuries, work-related injuries, cardiopulmonary conditions and neurological disorders.