"Joint Quest" Helps Navigate Recovery

By: Garrett Wymer Email
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FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- A teenage volunteer has a creative solution to help patients in a local hospital get the exercise they need after surgery.

Brandon Lesniak, a sophomore at Wilson Memorial High School, is part of Augusta Health's teen volunteers program. He shadows physical therapists working with patients who had knees or hips replaced, but he took the lead in designing "Joint Quest".

Like MapQuest directions from their bed, through the hospital hallways to help patients know when they've met their goal of walking 300 feet each day.

"It makes it a quicker and simpler way. And it just helps them out, it makes it easier. Saying 'Where am I at? Where am I at?' this tells them step-by-step where they're at, instead of asking 'Okay, am I there yet? I'm starting to get tired,' you know where you're going to be," said Lesniak.

An occupational therapist in the joint center says Joint Quest also makes the goal of 300 feet more fun.

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