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For some individuals, physical activity and exercise is just an occasional, often passing, thought. But for Derek Toshner, of Fond du Lac, it’s a passion and way of life.
As a professional athlete, Derek works continually to keep his body in top physical shape. After all, as founder of TNT Fitness Results, he lives and breathes the physical activity that he shares and teaches with others in the community. In this case, his body is his business and he serves as a positive role model.
In fact, Derek has been preparing for competitions and sporting challenges his whole life.
Unfortunately, Derek’s ability to pursue his passion was greatly impacted while competing in a fitness challenge. He was doing a series of exercises, lost his form and felt his pectoral muscle tear away from his arm bone.
“I knew immediately that it was bad,” Derek recalls. “I could feel my muscle slump inside my body. I knew that I needed medical attention and quickly.”
Just a phone call away, Derek enlisted the help of Joe Kemp, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Agnesian Bone & Joint Health. An office visit showed Derek had experienced a complete rupture of his pectoral major muscle.
“The pectoral muscle is the main muscle in your chest, fanning from the shoulder to the chest bone,” Dr. Kemp explains. “If it is not repaired, permanent weakness and deformity will occur. Given that Derek is a world class athlete, we needed to reattach his muscle to the bone where it ruptured so he could return to training and compete safely.”
Dr. Kemp, in concert with Alan Roetker, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, didn’t waste any time. The procedure was scheduled that same week at Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Surgery Center, just off the Highway 151 bypass in Fond du Lac.
“It was fantastic,” Derek says. “I was home the same day.”
Six months following the surgery, Derek was back to competition. In fact, he won several prestigious competitions, including the CrossFit MadTown Challenge, the CrossFit Green Bay IceBowl and the International Tactical Strength Challenge.
“A normal day for me consists of two to three workouts. While limiting my movement was very difficult, I know it was essential to my successful recovery,” according to Derek. “After such a short period of time, I was fully recovered and ready to earn first place during my first competition following surgery.”
Derek credits Agnesian Bone & Joint Health with his rapid return. “I expect a lot from myself competing at a world class level in fitness competitions, tactical strength challenges and obstacle course events,” he says. “My body is my livelihood. I also expect a lot from the healthcare providers that I trust my health to. I need them to be able to keep up with me, and at Agnesian Bone & Joint Health, I got just that - expert care and simply the best service.”
To learn more, call Agnesian Bone & Joint Health at (920) 926-8616.
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