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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 to running!  Sydney’s motivation and drive to get back to running was inspiring to all of us at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute!  Check out her OPTI Comeback Story below!

1. What was your injury?  How did you injure yourself?

I tore my ACL and both my lateral and medial meniscus. I injured myself playing basketball.

2. What was the most challenging aspect to your recovery?

The most challenging thing for me while recovering was staying positive, fear of re-injuring, and lacking full extension of the knee (trying to get my knee straight).

3. What did you learn from your experience in physical therapy?

I learned that going to physical therapy for this type of injury was going to be tough, but trusting your physical therapist is key to your recovery.

4. What did you enjoy most about OPTI?

The thing I enjoyed most about OPTI was the staff. They were very welcoming and really changed my outlook on the recovery process. They were always boosting my confidence.


5. What advice would you give someone that is recovering from an injury?

The challenge you’re dealt with will get better as long as you stay true to doing your exercises.

6. What have you accomplished since coming back from your injury?

I have accomplished many things but the number one thing I was most excited about was being able to run again. I was able to get back on the track and win a state championship in the 4×4 relay. It was an extremely bittersweet moment.

7. What sport(s) do you play and on what teams?

I no longer play basketball but I am going to continue running in college.

8. What school do you go to?  What are your future plans?

I attended Millard West High School and will be heading to Concordia University this fall to further my education and run track.

9. What activities/hobbies/jobs do you enjoy/have?

I enjoy working out, shopping, hanging with friends and family, listening to music, and I work at Marshalls.

Thank you Sydney for an awesome comeback story!  It was so fun to have you as a patient at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute!  We look forward to seeing you run track in college and hearing about all of the great things you will accomplish in your future!

Your Comeback Story Starts Here!