Going to rehab
With Logan’s bulging discs, it was determined the best treatment would be rehabilitation with Shannon Margherio, PT, OCS, physical therapist at Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Village West.
“When Logan first started (rehab with me), he was in a fair amount of pain,” Shannon said. “He is a really active kid with football, power lifting and track and field, and he was frustrated about what he couldn’t do (be out there).”
But for Logan, it was more than just getting back out there. Shannon wanted to make sure he didn’t injury himself again.
“I wanted to make sure when he returned to lifting, Logan had good form and core strength to decrease his injury risk,” Shannon said.
“Logan was extremely interested in learning what he could do differently, to help (his back) now and not have it happen again in the future.”
A big part of avoiding injury in the future was focusing on Logan’s core.
“In many conditions that result in back pain, core strength plays a big role in treatment,” Dr. Stork said. “Often times when people hear core strength, they think of the "six pack" abdominal muscles, but in reality it is much more involved as there are many more muscles (muscles that attach to the pelvis, spine, and abdomen) that truly contribute to an individual's core strength.”
Even though throwing the shot put is Logan’s favorite sport, he missed qualifying for the state meet by only two inches, he was anxious to get back on the football field. To get back, Logan was going to have to put in the work. He missed the Lions’ first six games but was able to get back to the team before the end of the regular season.
“He was smart about his thought process on what needed to happen,” Shannon said. “Logan was a great listener and worked on his exercises at home. He worked hard and every week we were able to progress the weightlifting patterns to where he was comfortable enough to do it on his own.”