In August of 1987, I was heading to a friends house on my bike. He lived only a mile or so away and riding my bike there was “no big deal”. As I came to the intersection at the crest of a small hill, I looked for traffic, saw all was clear and crossed the road. I nearly made it across when out of the corner of my eye I saw a car coming but it was too late. The car clipped my back tire and threw me about 30 feet. I blacked out right before the impact and woke up when I hit the ground. I was lying face down and couldn’t move. A passerby stopped to help me, covered me with a blanket and called for help. The driver of the car that hit me stopped for a second then sped off and was never found. I was taken to the hospital, underwent two surgeries to fix a fractured leg and a skin graft on my calf. I spent a month in the hospital lying on my back with my leg in traction (see picture). Around the third week in the hospital I was wheeled down to physical therapy. They pulled me up to the parallel bars so I could use my arms to help me stand. The physical therapist stood beside me, counted down from three and helped me stand. The instant I stood, the blood rushed out of my head and I passed out. After coming to, I now had two other physical therapists around me. Without batting an eye, they looked at me and said “Ok. Are you ready now?”. I knew then this was going to be the job for me. I spent the next six months rehabilitating with PT’s and sports coaches. By the spring, I was back to playing baseball and my career path was set.
This event is like so many that I hear and have helped with over the years that I’ve been a PT. It has given me perspective. I know injuries are not fun, they hurt and they are frustrating but with guidance and work you can achieve your goals and get your life back.
At Momentum PT & Wellness our job is to get you moving and keep you moving. Whether you’ve had an injury or surgery or just need to get more active, we can help. We treat a wide range of medical and orthopedic conditions along with sports and work injuries. Physical therapy, surgical rehabilitation, and sports therapy services are performed in our office located within the Midtown YMCA at Temple Baptist Activity Center. This location allows us a tremendous amount of flexibility in our treatments as well as options for when treatment ends. We work closely with you and your healthcare providers to help you get moving again, and to bridge the gap between medicine and fitness to improve your overall health.
Tyler Whiteside, DPT, CSCS
Momentum PT & Wellness is owned by Tyler Whiteside, DPT, CSCS. Tyler earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in physical therapy from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Penn State University. Throughout his career, Tyler has successfully treated varying degrees of general, orthopedic and sports injuries. He emphasizes manual, physical, sports, and surgical therapy and rehabilitation together with the appropriate prescription of therapeutic exercise. Tyler is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has attended continuing education courses including Back to Golf, Running Medicine and Maitland Manual Therapy to name a few. Tyler believes in patient focused, one-on-one therapy to maximize a patient’s return to functional, recreational and occupational activities. Outside of physical therapy, Tyler enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and twin boys, surfing, golfing and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins and the Boston Red Sox.