On December 7, 2013, I met Dr. Popkin and his staff. I was at my hockey game in upstate new York on December 6, 2013, when I was slashed by a player with his stick. I was able to see Dr. Popkin the next day where he told me that my right forearm was shattered and that I needed surgery right away to correct the problem. On December 9, 2013, I had surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Popkin repaired my arm with 7 screws and a metal plate. I had a cast from my shoulder to my fingers but was still able to play my video games, which I later found out from Dr. Popkin was like therapy for my arm. After a couple of weeks, my cast was removed and I was as good as new just in time for me to play pond hockey in February. Dr. Popkin was a little worried but I promised to be careful. April 12-15, was try outs for my Spring – Summer Travel team and thanks to Dr. Popkin and especially, Danielle, his athletic trainer, I was able to try out and made the team. For that whole season I had no problems with my forearm.
In January 2014, almost 1 year later with 2 mins left in a playoff game, a player hip checked me in my right hand and arm--So again went to the hospital. The emergency room Dr. said that my right wrist was shattered (same arm as last year). We called on Dr. Popkin, which because I play hockey, he is on speed dial. Again, went to see him and found out it was not shattered, just a buckle fracture. So again Dr. Popkin did his magic and popped it into where it had to go and cast me up again. I was in a cast for about 6 weeks again with video games for therapy, and back on the ice April for try outs and this time made AAA team.
I just want to say that Dr. Popkin and his incredible staff are amazing. The damage that was done to my arm was terrible, especially for a hockey player. I need to be able to shoot, pass, and move fast, and because of all of them, I am as good as new. I actually got through my senior year with no injuries (lol). Dr. Popkin is still on speed dial as I go on to college and hope to continue to play and enjoy the sport I love so much. Dr. Popkin is an amazing Dr. and I could not be happier with the results.