Patient Stories

Patients with ACL injuries, knee arthritis, and other knee injuries and conditions are getting back to their lives with the help of Shelbourne Knee Center. Here are a few of their stories.

Revision ACL Surgery Lets One Young Man Return to Active Life


Jonathan Fernandes had never heard of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) until he tore his while practicing Jigo Tensin Ryu Jujutsu in September 2018. The 32-year-old mathematician at the University of Maryland is a 2nd degree black belt in this martial art. He’s also an avid Argentine tango dancer, runner, swimmer, and bicyclist…

Grit and Expert Care Help Female Wrestler Return to Sport


Ten months after tearing her right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and her meniscus, wrestler Sierra Pienkowski competed in the Indiana High School Girls Wrestling State Finals. She came in seventh in her weight class. The next month, Sierra took first place in the Indiana Frosh-Soph State Wrestling Championships.

The grit that enabled Sierra to participate in a mostly…

Case Study: Basketball Player and Family Drive 10 Hours for Best ACL Care


Claire Neff grew up with a ball in her hand, not a Barbie doll. Surrounded by three older sisters who all played basketball, the 17-year-old from Bel Air, Maryland started playing basketball at age 5.

In her junior season as a player for Maryvale Prep, Claire scored 1,000 points. An article on the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland website…

Second Opinion Provides Solution for Unusual Injury


On the first nice day of spring in April 2015, Kendall Thompson went for a bike ride with her mother and her dog. The dog was on a leash attached to Kendall’s bike. When the dog stopped abruptly, Kendall’s bike snapped around and she injured her left knee.

Kendall went to a local emergency department in her hometown of Richmond, Indiana, where she was referred to a…