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Comeback Story

Perseverance and Grit – Meri’s Comeback Story

Vacation is a time to have fun, relax, and experience the beauty of the world. But for our OPTI friend, Meri, her vacation started off with some fun but unfortunately she ended up bringing home an injury as a souvenir. Check out her Comeback Story below! What was your injury? How did you injure yourself? I injured my left knee…

4 Tips to Keep Your Child Optimistic After a Sports Injury

Injuries can happen to anyone.  But, when it is your own child, it can be really tough!  Knowing how to support your youth athlete when they sustain an injury that keeps them sidelined for a long period of time can make the recovery a little easier for them and for you! Recovering from injury, especially one that takes weeks or…

Determination and Patience – Siera’s Comeback Story

Exercise and nutrition are important to living a healthy, happy life, especially for Omaha Physical Therapy Institute’s rock star patient, Siera Zach!  Siera is a personal trainer, competitive weightlifter, and coach who has overcome an injury that kept her from doing what she loved.  Through her determination and patience, she is back and better than ever!  Check out Siera’s Comeback…

Coming Back to Softball after Tommy John Surgery

Lauren Roecker was inspirational during her physical therapy after her Tommy John surgery.  She took advantage of the specialized care Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) provides for throwing athletes as well as utilized OPTI’s Athletes In Motion clinic at the Omaha Sports Complex to perform her return to play rehabilitation on the field turf!  She has battled back to the…

Climbing to the Top Despite the Pain

“I am far overdue in thanking you for the PT you provided from a back surgery I had in February 2018.  At that time, I was also at one of the most challenging points in my life.  It took until February 2019 for me to realize I needed to make a change both mentally and physically if I was going…

Tough Injury But Tougher Patient – Reagan’s Comeback Story

Injury is challenging at any age.  If it happens to you when you are younger, it is more difficult to understand how important it is to be consistent and compliant with your rehabilitation to not only be able to return to your sports but to be healthy and well for the rest of your life.  Reagan Hickey was only in…

Finding the “Strength” to Overcome Injury – JJ’s Comeback Story

Injury is both a physical and mental struggle and no one understands this more than J.J. Gums.  His strength throughout his rehabilitation journey has been inspirational for not only our staff but for other patients at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute.  Check out J.J.’s comeback story below! What was your injury?  Patella tendon rupture (with a surgical repair). How did you…

Sprinting to a State Championship- Sydney’s Comeback Story

Tearing your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and having to have surgery is tough!  Sydney Miller knows this all too well but she also knows that working hard and being diligent with her rehabilitation is essential in making a full recovery.  Sydney went from not being able to walk after surgery to winning a State Championship in track upon her return…

Success AFTER Injury – An OPTI Comeback Story

“Super Dave’s” Awesome Comeback Story! Tell us about yourself (Jobs, Interests, hobbies, sports). My name is Dave McNair and I have been involved in athletics my entire life both competing and coaching.  I was a four-sport athlete in high school (football, wrestling, track and baseball).  I wrestled in college and since graduating continued to wrestle for many years.  For 26…

6 Things to Make your Recovery Easier

Diane Johnson is no stranger to injury.  After going through months of physical therapy for a severe injury she sustained in April 2017, she is finally back to doing the things that she loves and enjoys.  She wanted to share some insight she gained as a patient in physical therapy and we wanted to share that with you as we…