Finding Her Footing Through Physical Therapy


Fayetteville, Ga. (December 8, 2022) – Annette Harrilson, RN, NEA-BC, the Director of Critical Care and Nursing Resources for Piedmont Fayette Hospital who holds a doctorate in Nursing Practice, is unsure how she got a meniscal tear, but apparently that isn’t uncommon.

“I don’t know how it happened,” Harrilson said. “It’s possible there was a slight tear that I didn’t know about and then I tweaked it and the tear became more pronounced.”

Harrilson had arthroscopic surgery at the end of September performed by Dominic Scalamogna, M.D., a surgeon with Piedmont Orthopedics – OrthoAtlanta Fayetteville, and began physical therapy at the Piedmont Wellness Center within two weeks. The process was seamless as Harrilson worked to regain strength, mobility, and flexibility. Her physical therapist, Sarah Fasolino, has seen Harrilson make great strides.

“Annette’s pain level when she came in was still very high and there was a significant limp,” said Fasolino “Her endurance and balance have improved and she is no longer using an assistive device to get around. Annette has worked hard and is doing great.”

Sometimes a nurse can be a difficult patient, as they are often used to taking care of others. Harrilson has enjoyed seeing her colleagues in action and has received great care throughout the entire process.

“Our purpose at Piedmont is to make a positive difference in every life we touch,” said Harrilson. “I have that expectation for the members of my team and I am so pleased that every member of my care team, fulfills that purpose as well.” 

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