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Winning the Race: Local Surgeon Puts Brothers Back on Track

Patient Story

Bradley and Brady Bowers are dirt bike riders who push the limits. Sometimes that drive pays off with one or both brothers dominating in their classes. In 2017, however, their favorite sport resulted in knee injuries for both young men.

Brady, 19, was the first to take the fall. He was riding in a hair scramble on his 2015 KX 450 F Kawasaki. As he charged a hill in the Walnut Creek Race in North Salem, his bike came up off the ground. As he tried to gain control, he hyperextended his double-jointed knee. He went down.

“At first I thought I broke my leg, but I got up. Some woman picked up my bike and started it. I got back on and finished the race in 14th place,” he says with a broad smile on his face.

The pain set in on a two-hour drive home. “My parents had to carry me inside,” he says. Brady went to a local clinic, then for an MRI, landing in the office of IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians surgeon, Timothy Steiner, MD. It was a torn ACL and needed surgical repair, the doctor said.

Brady wasn’t ready. He wanted to keep racing, complete the season and move into a different class. Wearing a brace, he conquered the challenge.

In the meantime, his younger brother was chasing titles of his own. Bradley was at an ABATE race for Riley Children’s Hospital, riding his 2015 Yamaha YZ 250 FX in 8th place. He came around a corner and the bike slid out from under him. His leg was pinned.

“I couldn’t get the bike off of me. When it was lifted off, I couldn’t walk at all. They hauled me out on a side-by-side. The following day I could walk a little bit, but I went to the ER for an X-ray and an MRI.”

The story played out the same. He, too, had a torn ACL. It was off to Dr. Steiner with another Bowers.

On Nov. 16, 2017, Dr. Steiner reconstructed both of their ACL s, one after the other. “Bradley went first so I could back out,” Brady says in jest. But it went well, and both started physical therapy the very next day in Dr. Steiner’s office.

The outcome has been phenomenal. The young men are back on the racing circuit this year and raving about their connections with the IU Health east-side physical therapy team.

“Not only have therapists Tom and Ryan helped us recover,” Brady says, “but we’ve had a lot of fun with the team at that location.”

Featured IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians provider seeing patients for orthopedic and sports medicine-related
injuries, including fractures and complications of the shoulder, arm and knee:
Timothy Steiner, MD
812.333.BONE (2663)

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