Matt Zora, 13, was in agony. He'd bruised his leg a year ago, but was still in excruciating pain.
Tests by several physicians were inconclusive, but Dr. Paul Rosen at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC immediately knew that Matt had Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy (RND). Dr. Rosen referred Matt to the RND Rehabilitation Program at The Children's Institute.
For weeks, Matt underwent five hours of daily therapies to retrain nerves and improve blood flow. Working with a psychologist helped with pain management and stress control. "It's not easy," says Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Beth Heuer, MSN, CPNP, "But motivated patients like Matt do very well."
Mom, Cathy Zora, says, "It's terrible to see your child hurting. But The Children's Institute team is talented and compassionate, they've made a huge difference for Matt."