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After rehab, police officer ‘better than before’


February 1, 2018

Fitness is a priority for Tom McDonnell, a Newton police officer. That added insult to literal injury when he tore a ligament in his knee while running last March.

Tom had total ACL repair a few weeks later, followed by physical therapy at Skiff Medical Center. For the next four months, Tom worked with Jayne Goos, physical therapist and manager of Skiff’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department.

“It was a positive experience,” Tom said. “It wasn’t a one-size-fits-all program, but instead was specifically tailored to my needs. It was ‘me-centric.’”

One of Tom’s rehab priorities was getting back to running as soon as possible. “Jayne was willing to work on the areas that were most important to me,” Tom said. “She was willing to try new things to get me back into shape. She let me help lead my therapy.”

After his time at Skiff, Tom is now back on active duty with his job and back on his feet as a runner.

“I’ve got to recommend Skiff,” he said. “Thanks to them, I’m at 100 percent. In fact, I think I’m better than I was before.”

(Photo: Police officer Tom McDonnell is seen working on rehab exercises with his physical therapist, Jayne Goos.)

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