Natalie Swords wouldn't let pain slow her down. The Cherokee High School track and cross-country runner turned to an orthopaedist to find a solution. Diagnosed with iliotibial (IT) band syndrome and patella tendonitis, which both cause knee pain, Natalie's orthopaedist prescribed a brace to stabilize her knee while running. The pain persisted, however, leaving 17-year-old Natalie and her mother, Dana, looking for a permanent solution.
“She just couldn’t seem to get over her injuries,” Dana said. “It limited her ability to go all out. It really affected her.”
Dana and Natalie came to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sports Medicine Running Program where Dr. David Marshall, and physical therapist Caroline Bradley, P.T., D.P.T., C.S.C.S., developed a plan to prevent, not just treat, her pain.