“I have been playing ice hockey for as long as I can remember. I went from playing locally in Buffalo, NY to playing a few years in Mississauga, Ontario, and then I went off to Boston College. Towards the end of my sophomore season, my left hip started to bug me. I was playing in a game and I felt like I pulled my groin. There were only a few weeks left in the season, and I thought by resting it a few days it would be fine, but the pain only got worse. After the season, I got a MRI and found out my labrum was torn and that I needed surgery. I wanted to have the surgery in Buffalo, and was referred to Dr. McGrath. Knowing the recovery timeline, I needed to have the surgery as soon as possible in order to be ready for the start of the next hockey season. I saw Dr. McGrath on the first Monday I was home— he looked at my MRI, examined my hip, explained the procedure, and laid out what my next three to six months would look like training wise. I had my surgery on that Wednesday, and was in for my first PT appointment on Friday.
This was the first time I had a major injury and had to take time off of hockey, but after seeing Dr. McGrath and his staff, I was not as worried as I thought I would be. After a little over three months, I was back skating with my team and was fully ready by my first game. Although I make sure I take the time to roll out and stretch my hip, I feel completely back to normal and I am still playing hockey over four years later. I could not thank Dr. McGrath and his staff enough for always being available for any questions or concerns I have had, and for doing what was best for me in my situation.”
- Emily Pfalzer, Buffalo-born women’s ice hockey player for the Buffalo Beauts (NWHL) and US Women’s National Team (click here for bio)