Published on July 02, 2019

Wisconsin Patient Goes the Distance to see Dr. Armendariz

Wisconsin Patient Goes the Distance to see Dr. Armendariz

Athletes can come in a wide variety of sizes and ages.

At 83-years-old, Kathy Nagel of New Holstein, Wis. has the lifestyle of an athlete. She likes to golf, walk, exercise with resistance bands, and tend to flower and vegetable gardens.

Not being able to lift her left arm above her chest because of pain was limiting her activity.

Nagel recalled that the last time she was pain-free, it was Dr. Jose Armendariz, M.D. who gave her relief without surgery.

Armendariz, a Sports Medicine specialist with Genesis Health Group, previously practiced in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where Kathy Nagel was one of his patients.

“I was so upset when Dr. Armendariz left. I never had anyone as concerned about my issues,’’ Nagel explained. “He did the imaging needed so he knew right where the injection should go. I had another doctor who would say, ‘I hope we get the right spot.’ It seemed like he was guessing and the injection did not work.

“I had tried injections before and they never seemed to work. The one time I went to Dr. Armendariz in Sheboygan, he was different and the injections worked.’’

When she needed to do something again to reclaim her active lifestyle, she searched online for Dr. Armendariz, in order to alleviate the pain she was experiencing. Driving 292 miles each way did not seem that far.

Limited Use of Arm

Kathy, second from the left, drives 292 miles to see Dr. Armendariz

Nagel, second from the left, drives nearly 300 miles
to see Dr. Armendariz.

“I was basically down to using one arm. I couldn’t lift my left arm above my breast,’’ Nagel said. “It’s great to have the use of both arms again. I can’t say enough about Dr. Armendariz. I wouldn’t drive four hours to see any doctor, but I would drive four hours to see him.’’

The fact that Nagel has problems with her shoulder joints is understandable. For 37 years she owned and operated a bowling alley, restaurant, bar, banquet facility and catering business in New Holstein. She worked 12 to 14 hours every day until her arms would no longer allow her to maintain that level of activity.

Dr. Armendariz, who is a fellowship-trained and board-certified Sports Medicine specialist (CAQSM), specializes in non-surgical treatment of sports-related and orthopedic injuries. He is also a graduate of the Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency Program and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Non-Surgical Options Often Possible

“People are not aware that approximately 80% of all sports-related injuries can be treated without surgery. As a Sports Medicine specialist, I enjoy the challenge of combining science and medicine to help individuals and athletes return to the activities they enjoy.’’

For information about Dr. Armendariz’s practice or for an appointment, call (563) 421-5700 or request an appointment online.

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