In July 2009, Laura Kremp, 33, injured her wrist while helping move office space at a previous job.
“I just contorted my wrist in an odd way,” the Jenkintown woman remembers. ”It was especially painful just moving my left hand side to side, as if waving goodbye. It continued to be painful a few weeks after the initial injury and my doctor recommended following up with Dr. Kwok at the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute.”
Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Surgeon Moody Kwok, MD ordered an x-ray and MRI of Laura’s forearm and hand. “Laura sustained a small tear in a cartilage called the triangular fibrocartilage complex, or TFCC. Adding insult to injury her ulna bone was too long (the long forearm bone on the pinky finger side that extends from the wrist to the upper arm bone). This kept pounding her cartilage.
“We performed arthroscopic surgery, inserting small instruments into the incision to clean out her cartilage,” Dr. Kwok continues. “We then made her ulna shorter by cutting five millimeters out in the middle. This in essence created a fracture that we could then repair by plating the ulna.”
Laura adds, “After the cast was removed, I began physical therapy at OrthopaediCare right across from the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute. Dr. Kwok and my physical therapist really kept me motivated. I was eager to get better and they both kept me patient and encouraged during my recovery.”
Now Laura is working for the family business at Kremp Florist in Willow Grove and keeping up with her husband, Drew, and two children, Jack and Rosie. “It’s wonderful to be able to do all the normal things pain free, like play with my children, golf, empty the dishwasher, even open a jar of sauce by myself.”