Woodbridge Grandmother Driving Again After Shoulder Surgery

Fords Resident Barbara Green and Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Joshua Zimmerman from the Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay Medical Center

WOODBRIDGE — New Jersey residents experienced record breaking snowfall and cold spells last winter, making for tough times for everyone. This was especially true with seniors who inevitability struggle with the cold temperatures, traveling and the snow and ice removal during bad weather.

“The weather is not going to stop me from getting out of the house and doing the things I need to get done; I’ve always been on the go,” says 83-year-old longtime Fords resident Barbara Green. “I can’t stay cooped up in my house for long; my cats need food, I have to play the lottery and go to my senior group events and don’t forget working the voting polls; who wants to stay in the house all the time?”

Barbara Green on the go. (Photos courtesy of Raritan Bay Medical Center)

The mother of four daughters with ten grandchildren has maintained her active lifestyle despite the loss of her husband Abe in 1995. One of her greatest sources of pride is her good eyesight and continued ability to be a conscientious driver. However, after slipping and falling on ice outside her home last winter, Mrs. Green’s ability to drive and even raise her arm was in jeopardy. “I was bringing in the trash can, the mountain of snow near my driveway had melted and turned to ice,” says Mrs. Green. “Before I even knew what happened I was in great pain on the ground and unable to move my arm.”

Barbara spent half the night at a local hospital’s emergency department, where it was determined that she had broken her shoulder. She left with her arm immobilized and an appointment the next day with orthopedic surgeon Joshua Zimmerman, MD, who specializes in sports medicine and care for upper extremities, from the Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay Medical Center. “Most shoulder fractures can be treated without surgery, however, after meeting Mrs. Green and reviewing her x-rays it was apparent that repairing the shoulder surgically was her best option,” said Dr. Zimmerman, who is board certified and fellowship trained. “With Mrs. Green’s active lifestyle, accurate surgical alignment and stabilization of her fracture allowed for early post operative range of motion followed by physical therapy enabling her to regain her independence rapidly.”

After she had her surgery at the medical center’s Old Bridge location, Mrs. Green began her daily exercises and when she was ready her two and half month, three times a week physical therapy regime. “I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Zimmerman, he was really caring and explained my injury and how surgery would help me,” says Mrs. Green. “In fact, everyone I met at Old Bridge from the nurses to the OR receptionist were very nice and made me feel at home.” Barbara completed her schedule of physical therapy at Raritan Bay’s Medical Pavilion at Woodbridge off of Route 1 in Iselin. “This Human Motion Institute is something special, I had my surgery in Old Bridge and therapy in Woodbridge close to my home, very convenient, and my therapist Jerome kept me motivated. Now I’m back driving and out and about again, I really owe it all to Dr. Zimmerman and the Human Motion Institute; I recommend them to all my friends and family.”



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