Fractured ankles are among the most common orthopedic injuries and are
often caused by a fall.
For Adam Guerrero, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, a fall at a local rock climbing
gym landed him in the Emergency Department. He was diagnosed with a fracture
in his left ankle...and as an avid runner with three races scheduled on
his calendar, his disappointment was obvious.
After it was determined that he would not need surgery, Adam was placed
in a cast and on crutches. His physician then referred him to Pomona Valley
Hospital Medical Center's Rehabilitation Services department, where
he was evaluated and treated by Sapan Thakur, DPT, an orthopedic certified
With the image of a finish line constantly in his mind, Adam progressed
through more than four months of focused orthopedic rehabilitative care
to improve his pain, his walk, ankle strength, range of motion and balance.
"We utilize a wide range of evidence-based protocols to maximize individual
recovery for our orthopedic patients," says Sapan. "With an
ankle fracture of this magnitude, we had to essentially teach Adam how
to walk again."
Although it was difficult for him to accept that he could not run, let
alone walk without aid, Sapan says Adam remained highly motivated to work
hard in therapy.
"In addition to his comprehensive and individualized care program,
Adam's mindset and commitment were key to his positive outcome,"
adds Sapan. "There's no doubt this contributed to his successful
In February of 2017, Adam had his last physical therapy visit and was released
to begin training. On May 6, 2017, Adam ran his first 5K race since his
accident, and soon after, completed a half marathon with a personal best time!
"It was hard to push forward at first," says Adam. "What
I really appreciated was that Sapan modified and progressed each therapy
session to meet my needs. He motivated me and never let me slack off.
My care was just that...care for ME, not a one-size-fits-all program."
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center's highly trained staff and board-certified
physicians offer a comprehensive range of orthopedic, athletic and Sports
Medicine programs for everyone from professional athletes to weekend warriors.
To learn more about our Rehabilitation Services programs, offered in Pomona,
Claremont, Chino Hills or West Covina, visit our