Kevin Griffin was born with cerebral palsy, a condition which frequently affects normal usage in the hands of those challenged with it. People that have this disability often suffer from deformities of the joints along with permanently rigid, tightened muscles. This is his story before and after receiving treatment.
At Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, Mr. Griffin met with Dr. Samuel Kline, a board certified hand specialist who examined him and assessed his functional status. Being left-handed, he was glad to hear that Dr. Kline recommended a procedure that would allow him to gain function in this extremity. On May 9th, Kevin underwent the surgery which consisted of fusing a bone in his left hand and also lengthening a tendon.
In a recent interview, Mr. Griffin exclaimed that "The results are amazing. I am now able to do things that I simply could not do before such as; shooting a basketball or gripping something … anything". He knows that he still has some work to do during his physical therapy sessions, in strengthening his hand. However, he is now looking forward to a very bright future and thanks Dr. Kline for his improved quality of life. Kevin later added that "This past Father’s Day I was able to shake my father’s hand for the very first time in my life".