Young Basketball Player on the Mend Thanks to Dr. Lucas King
When 13-year-old Caden White suffered a major knee injury while playing basketball, he turned to Dr. Lucas King and the Parkview Orthopedics team to repair his knee and set him on the road to recovery.
In mid-December 2021, Caden was playing in a middle school basketball game. He ran to the right corner of the court and another player fell and impacted his knee knee, causing Caden himself to fall over.
Caden tore his MPFL (Medial Patellofemoral Ligament) and dislocated his patella.
Suddenly, he was in need of medical care and a path toward getting his knee healed so he could get back to doing what he loves: playing basketball and football.
“Initially when the injury occurred, I took him to Parkview’s Pueblo West location just for an initial exam,” said White’s mother, Lindsey Vigna. “At that point they did an X-ray and advised us to follow up with an orthopedic doctor and provided us with Dr. King’s information. I had never heard of an orthopedic doctor. Thankfully I’ve never had to use one, but I contacted the office and made an appointment right away.”
Dr. King performed surgery on Caden in January, and Caden and his mother said they received exceptional care.
“It was a really smooth process,” Vigna said. “On January 14, that was the day of his surgery, we went in not really knowing what to expect other than it’s a fairly short surgery and an outpatient procedure.
“From the minute we walked in the door the lady at the front desk, all the nurses, even to the woman running the coffee stand was extremely friendly and they could tell I had the ‘nervous mom’ look and they were saying, ‘How are you doing mama?’ just checking in and it was just an overall great experience.”
Vigna said she knew her son would get along well with Dr. King the instant they met.
“He’s a personable guy and very easy to talk to. He didn’t use a bunch of medical terminology that we didn’t understand,” she said. “He really just put it out there and explained it.”
One of the foremost issues Caden wanted addressed right away was how long the recovery process would be.
He said Dr. King had a robust discussion about what that would entail, and that recovery would take about four to six months.
Caden, who will enter high school in the fall, said “I’m very excited to go play football this next season.”