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Kewanee PT &Rehab Specialists Back Story Of JON DEBORD

On a Monday evening in early October of a year too long ago to mention, while doing a tackling drill during warm-ups before a football game, I suffered my first injury—an ankle sprain. As any athlete in Kewanee or the surrounding area did when they had an injury, I went to see Doc Peterson, the local Physical Therapist. A treatment or two fixed me up, and I returned to play the following week. A little later that same season, a left shoulder injury sent me to an Orthopedic Surgeon in Peoria. I was referred to a Physical Therapist who showed me exercises to strengthen the shoulder. As most 14- 15 year old athletes do, I thought I knew better. The exercises were tedious and boring, and didn’t seem to make my muscles any bigger. A year later my wrestling season was cut short by a shoulder surgery and a few months of PT. Before I had my driver’s license, I had already had three very different experiences with Physical Therapists!! What really changed my life though, and gave me direction, was when my Grandmother suffered a stroke sometime duringmy junior year of high school. As the only one in my family with a driver’s license and no job, I got to be Grandma’s ride to and from Physical Therapy. Watching her improve in her ability to stand, walk, and perform activities around the house was amazing tome. Observing her interactions with her Physical Therapists, I was intrigued by how they were able to restore function in someone so weak and unable to move the left side of her body. I saw how they encouraged her, getting more out

of her than she thought she had to give. Grandma gradually got stronger and more independent with their help. I was hooked. An ACL reconstruction and another shoulder surgery—both followed by a lot of time spent with Physical Therapists—confirmed for me that this was the path that I wanted to take for my career. I often joke with patients that having been a bad patient myself makes me a better Physical Therapist, but it was really my Grandmother and her PTs who inspired me to do what I do today.

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