Testimonial: Lou Ermer

1. What was your initial orthopedic problem?

I had been experiencing debilitating knee pain for many years having injured both knees in my youth.  At one point visiting an Orthopedic physician I was told “when the pain gets to be too much you’ll be back”.  This was the same doctor who greeted me with, “Wow, you couldn’t catch a pig in a ditch”, needless to say he did not become my physician of choice.

2. What did this problem prevent you from doing?

My career mandates a significant amount of walking (mostly through hospitals) and it became increasingly difficult to “keep up”.  Even more important I could not enjoy playing golf because of the pain and difficulty walking.

3. What made you decide to do something about your orthopedic problem?

I go to Hope Church and one Friday at Men’s Breakfast Jerry Shaw (Dr Waggoner’s PA) and I sat at the same table.  In the course of conversation I found out that Jerry was an Orthopedic Physician’s Assistant.  I whimsically remarked that I knew I had to do something about my knees and Jerry responded “I know, I can tell by the way you walk.”  Jerry and his wife eventually joined our Small Group for Bible Study and we became good friends.

4. How did you choose which orthopedic doctor to go to?

Jerry Shaw.  I trusted Jerry and knew that whomever Jerry worked with would be a “good fit” for me.  That led me to Dr. Waggoner.

5. Whey did you pick Memphis Orthopedic Group?

Again, my decision was a result of my relationship with Jerry Shaw.  Jerry’s wife was a nurse at Campbell’s Clinic but I guess Jerry saw me first.

6. How did you feel about your orthopedic problem before you went to Memphis Orthopedic Group?

Frankly, I was waiting for a “sign” to get this problem addressed.  I believe God placed Jerry at that breakfast table because it was time for me to act.  Prior to that I felt trapped by the pain and anxiety of not knowing exactly what I needed to do.

7. What treatment did you have done?

Dr. Waggoner took a practiced approach to my dilemma.  After Xrays and MRI we took a course of (3) injections in each knee over a period of weeks.  That helped short term but in February of 2011 I had a full knee replacement in my left leg and in September of 2011 I had a full knee replacement in my right leg.

8. How do you feel after treatment?

Wish I would have done it years ago.  I am 66 years old and now have ABSOLUTELY no knee pain.

9. What has your treatment allowed you to do?

My job.  Just this past week (2/12/13) I had to do a room to room survey at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo and I was very capable of keeping up with my team at this 500 bed hospital.

10. What advice would you give other patients in a similar situation to you?

You will know when the time is right to act.  You will heal at the speed you want to heal.  If you are motivated to get results the Physical Therapy process is tolerable.  A positive attitude will get you back to where you want to be without pain more quickly than you can imagine.


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