Testimonial from Omar and Sierra Calhoun

Omar and Sierra Calhoun come from a basketball-driven family. Omar Calhoun Sr. played basketball professionally in high school and in college; yet, he never made it to the NBA. Semara Calhoun was a star player at Murry Bergtraum High School; yet, she chose family over career in basketball. Omar Jr. and Sierra are fulfilling the dreams of their parents now.

Omar Calhoun Jr. started playing A-level basketball since he was a kid. He was a success as a freshman, as a sophomore, and as a junior. In 2012, he was named New York Player of The Year after averaging 25.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game for Christ the King. Now, Omar Calhoun Jr. plays for the UConn Huskies and is likely to become an NBA player in 2016 (included in the NBA Draft as Shooting Guard).

Sierra Calhoun has always been basketball-focused – she started playing basketball at the age of six. In 2015, she was transferred from Christ the King, where she was a four-time member of Christ the King Honor Roll, to the Ohio State women’s basketball team. Sierra used to play in the Duke Athletics women’s basketball team, too.

Being professional basketball players, Omar and Sierra both suffer from knee and ankle problems. They found the help they need at New York Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy Clinic.

Dr. Kalika and the staff used sophisticated diagnostic technologies, such as ultrasound, force plate and C.A.R.E.N (computer assisted rehabilitation environment) to diagnose Omar’s knees and provide necessary treatment afterwards: shockwave therapy for patellar tendinosis, C.A.R.E.N treatment to improve ankle and knee proprioception, balance and stability. Hip strengthening was performed via DNS (dynamic neuromuscular stabilization). Motor control training and jumping rehab was performed with Chris Powers method on force plates with feedback and on C.A.R.E.N. Foot and ankle rehab was performed utilizing sensory motor training and C.A.R.E.N.The rehabilitation was very successful.

After seeing Omar’s great results, Sierra also decided to visit Dr. Kalika. After several sessions at the clinic, she has greatly improved her knee and ankle stability. Her basketball results are also on the rise.

Omar and Sierra are thankful to Dr. Kalika. With his help they are now closer to fulfilling the dreams of their parents. We hope that they’ll succeed.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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