Suzanne Skinner, a physical therapist with Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Services at Murrells Inlet, was the first to suspect the injury might be more serious than originally thought. Skinner, whose daughter is a student at Coastal Dance Centre, the school Fowler attends, works as a volunteer to screen dancers when they have an injury, strained muscle or other concern.
She took a look at Fowler’s knee and suggested he see a physician, Dr. William Greer, who specializes in orthopedics and sports medicine at Tidelands Health Orthopedics.
Dr. Greer is a leading member of the Tidelands Health Sports Medicine Institute, a team of specialists, therapists and trainers who have decades of experience treating high school, college and professional athletes. Tidelands Health is the official health care provider of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and the official health system of the CCU Chanticleers.
Dr. Greer, a former team physician for the Pittsburgh Pirates, diagnosed a tibial spine fracture that required surgery. The procedure took place in late October and was followed up with several months of physical therapy.
Twice a week from November through mid-January, Fowler worked with Melissa Gray, a physical therapist at Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Services at Myrtle Beach.
“One of our goals was to improve his range of motion, but we were only able to do it in increments because of the healing,” Gray says.
Therapy team members also focused on improving Fowler’s strength, balance and gait.