Spectrum Health Becomes a Professional Football Player’s Goal Line

Jeff Maddux with AFL trophyJeff Maddux, center for the Arizona Rattlers, knew he was in trouble when an opposing player landed hard on his leg.

“When I was injured, I thought right away of turning to Phil.”

Phillip Adler, Maddux’s former trainer at CMU, is a certified and licensed athletic trainer and manager of the Spectrum Health Medical Group sports medicine program.

Says Adler, “When he reached out to me from Arizona to ask my advice, I immediately turned to Dr. Lebolt.”

James Lebolt, DO, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and medical director of sports medicine at Spectrum Health Medical Group, carefully examined the MRI results of the injured knee.

“Jeff had continued pain in his knee after he’d seen his team physician,” says Dr. Lebolt. “We did another MRI and found a grade 2 medial collateral ligament, or MCL. The MCL is one of four major ligaments critical to the stability of the knee joint.”

Maddux went on to say, “I didn’t know if I should have surgery or not, but Dr. Lebolt assured me I didn’t need it. Instead, he and Phil worked with my insurance to have custom knee braces made. I wear the braces all the time now when I practice or play football.”

Adler checked in with Maddux to make sure he was doing his rehabilitative stretches and exercises and that he was healing properly.

“We had contingency plans,” Adler says. “But he healed well, and we didn’t need to do any more.”

Maddux added, “If I was skeptical at first about flying all the way to Michigan for my knee injury, after the care I received, I knew it was the right thing to do.”

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