Doctors described Journi's ACL as "obliterated." Just 8 months after surgery and many months of intense therapy at Community Hospital-Fairfax, she's at the net ready for the kill!

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From an ACL Injury Back to the Court: Journi Burke Knows the Value of Physical Therapy at Community Hospital-Fairfax

The 2015/2016 basketball season started out with high hopes for Rock Port’s Journi Burke. When Journi, a successful four sport athlete, took the floor on December 1, 2015 she expected to help her team to a tournament championship. Instead, she left the game with a complete obliteration of her ACL. 

Journi’s injury was significant and included a detached MCL and tears to her knee cap tendon and cartilage. She was unable to walk until undergoing surgery. After surgery, she faced an arduous six-month recovery to return to her pre-injury activity.

Journi’s goals were ambitious. She not only wanted to regain strength and agility; she also wanted to have a successful senior year as a Rock Port Blue Jay athlete.

Community Hospital-Fairfax Rehab Services became Journi’s home away from home during her recovery. Thankfully, she had a team of therapists that understood her desire and created a therapy program to help her achieve her goals.

“Therapy was very tough. Since I was an athlete trying to make a strong comeback, I was able to discuss my goals my physical therapist, Jay Stanton, and he helped me to reach them. With the therapy program at CHF I was always weeks ahead of where I needed to be compared to other people with ACL injuries. The program is very personal and the therapists are willing to help you focus on certain sports and want you to have a successful return,” described Journi.

Thanks to Journi’s fortitude, 2016/2017 has been a very special season. Not only has she made a full recovery, but she also helped her volleyball team to a district and conference championship while earning intra and post season honors.  She followed volleyball with a successful basketball season earning All Conference First Team and All District Second Team honors.

“I had the best outcome that I could have asked for. Exactly 8 months after my injury, I was able to fully return to sports. Thanks to my therapy experience at Fairfax, I had a more successful return than I expected,” commented Journi.

Not only has Journi been successful on and off the court, she also cares about the athletes in the community. As she has watched other athletes suffer the same injury that she had just overcome, she reached out to Community Hospital-Fairfax and asked that we share her story.

Journi explained, “I had such great outcomes and I want other athletes to know that they can make a recovery too.”

To learn more about CH-F Rehabilitation Services visit or call (660) 686-2211. To catch Journi’s full recovery, find her on the court or on the track!