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Another Success Story!!!

Another Mountain State Success Story! North Marion football players Blaine Duckworth and Tyler Curry were both down & out during their Freshmen year at North Marion High School. In “Part One” of this story we will focus on Blaine Duckworth. In June of 2019 Blaine suffered a torn ACL during the June live period and underwent ACL reconstruction surgery a few weeks later. Blaine began physical therapy at our Mannington facility with PT Chris Moore, who is also a board-certified specialist in sports physical therapy. Blaine made spectacular progress over the first 4 months of rehab, but due to an accident at home suffered a re-tear of his ACL. Blaine and his family were devastated. He underwent a 2nd ACL surgery in early December 2019 and began the rehab process…all over again.

Blaine’s treatment consisted of knee/hip/core strengthening, hands on knee mobilization, soft tissue massage, and sports-specific drills.To his credit, Blaine put his mind and his heart into his physical therapy and by late June appeared ready to return to football activities. Blaine finally returned to the field on September 4th when North Marion defeated Preston County and has helped the Huskies to a 3-1 record to start the season. Congrats Blaine on your successful return to football! Your hard work, dedication, and mature demeanor did not go unnoticed!

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Paige Hacker PT, DPT, OCS

Paige is a Physical Therapist at our Shinnston location and has been working with Mountain State for 5 years. More about Paige!

1. What is your favorite movie or show?

My favorite movie is Coach Carter, and my favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy!

2. What is your favorite type of music/artist?

I enjoy most genres of music, but I especially like county…. Luke Combs is my favorite!

3. What is your least favorite chore?

Doing the dishes… thank goodness for dishwashers!

4. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Loud obnoxious chewing and noises.

5. What is your favorite thing about West Virginia?

Where to begin… the people, the culture, the scenery, and WVU basketball! Let’s go Mountaineers!

6. What patients do you like to treat and why are they your favorite?

I enjoy treating most conditions and populations from geriatrics to pediatrics, but I especially love working with athletes. In high school, I severely sprained my ankle and went through several months of physical therapy to return to sport. I instantly fell in love with the profession and knew this is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. There is something a little extra special about helping an athlete return to sport and overcome the emotional and physical obstacles of an injury.
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Get to know Ben Ray PT, DPT, OCS.

Ben is a Physical Therapist and Clinical Director at our Weston location and has been serving Mountain State for 5 years. Before schooling, Ben served as an Army Ranger for 6 years and obtained his degree afterwards! Other fun facts about Ben:

*What superpower would you want if you were able to have one?

The ability to fly over potholes. (We can all relate to this one)

*Who is your favorite artist or band?

Chris Stapleton

*What is your favorite thing about West Virginia?

The rural nature of the state. I love the holes, forests, rivers, and everything they allow us to explore and live off of.

*What patients do you like to treat and why?

Patients with spine disorders. I believe what we do with our hands, corrective individual exercise programs, and other tools at our disposal is what is most important to improve their experience long-term.
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