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Orleans Darkwa – NFL Running Back

I tore my Achilles a few months ago. You never realize the importance of something like a tendon until you experience a serious injury like this one. I couldn’t run, go upstairs, or do many of the exercises I usually do. It affected my daily life, even off the field.

My trainer told me that Elite was the best place to be seen in Tennessee. I met with Dr. Willers and he performed surgery soon after to repair my tendon.

Dr. Willers made quick and easy work of my surgery. After that, I moved straight into therapy with MPOWER Performance Institute. The MPOWER staff communicates well with the Elite doctors and vice versa. Everybody seems to be on the same page, and they made it simple moving from orthopedic care to physical therapy.

I met with Kenny and we started therapy with exercises to strengthen my legs. Once my legs were strong, we moved into more challenging exercises.

My exercises are built around balance, stability, and lower body strength. MPOWER has resources available that puts it on another level of care. I’ve started running on the AlterG, which has been an important tool in my rehab. We’ve begun incorporating football into my therapy, as well. Four months in and I’ve seen a drastic improvement in my body.

My goal is to get back on the field and regain that explosiveness that I had before. I’m healing much faster than I imagined, and I feel as though I’m going to be able to get back to where I was. I’m optimistic about my recovery.

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