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Debra’s Story

Debra Ziemann has been an athlete for much of her life. She had been cycling for over twenty years and has been a high-impact instructor for twenty-six years. Like many driven athletes, Debra eventually ran into some challenges.

About five years ago, she began to experience intense hip pain. “For years, I thought the pain was muscular and was trying to manage it that way,” said Debra. Over time, this approach was not working.

In April Debra was feeling extreme hip pain and thought it might be a torn hip flexor or IT band. As things began to get worse she went to TRIA’s Orthopedic Urgent Care in Woodbury. Her x-ray and MRI showed she had advanced arthritis in her hip. Her arthritis progressed to the point where one bone was rubbing against another bone, causing a great deal of pain.

“Dr. Knutson-Bueling suggested I speak with a surgeon right away.” Debra was able to get an appointment with orthopedic surgeon Gavin Pittman, M.D. He told her that a full hip replacement was in her best interest.

A few weeks later, Debra had hip surgery. “It was an amazing experience,” said Debra. “Dr. Pittman explained everything in detail and made me feel very confident about the surgery.”

After the operation, Debra started weekly physical therapy sessions. Physical therapist, Eric Kaufmann worked with Debra to help her regain strength and mobility in her hip. “After surgery it’s common for the stabilizing muscles around the hip to shut down,” said Eric. “It was important to focus on getting those firing again before working on improving strength.”

Five and a half weeks since her surgery, Debra is now able to walk straighter and without a limp – something she struggled to do before her surgery. Her pain has improved dramatically throughout the entire process, and she was recently able to play a few holes of golf. “My challenge now is that sometimes I feel so good I overdo it.”

Debra remains incredibly upbeat about her surgery experience. “I think the care and professionalism that TRIA displayed was far beyond my expectations. Every single person from the concierge to the physical therapists, nurses, and surgeons were fantastic.”

Our Orthopedic Urgent Care is open from 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week in Bloomington, Maple Grove, and Woodbury. No appointment is needed! Our physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers are here to help you get back to the activities you love.


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