Physical therapy helps man from Elma recover after serious accident

KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Being able to walk again was a day that Mark Messinger thought he’d never see.

“I literally couldn’t even roll on my own I was flat on my back and it literally took two people to roll me up on one side and then roll me onto the other side,” said Mark Messinger of Elma.

In July he was cutting down a tree at his home, when he fell and it hit him.

“The tree literally came across my face, came across my shoulder blade and then blew my shoulder out, knocked me off the ladder and then my pelvis exploded in the front. both sides, my tail bone was broken, 4 ribs in the back,” said Messinger.

He had surgeries to repair all the broken bones, and then came to the McAuley Residence in Kenmore for rehab. That’s where he met his physical therapist David.

“A lot of my focus early on was getting his core strong again, keep abdominal muscles strong getting muscles that attach to his hips to his pelvis strong because at first every little motion was intensely painful,” said David Brzykcy, McAuley Residence Physical Therapist.

With an hour of physical and occupational therapy 6 days a week and a positive attitude, mark started to notice his situation turn around.

“Everyday I could see slight progressions to say you know I couldn’t do that yesterday, I wonder what I could do tomorrow,” said Messinger.

By late August, Mark was able to walk and return home. He’s doing so well he was able to return his wheelchair today.

“It’s more than a miracle, I got my husband back, my kids got their dad back. These folks here are more than just miracle workers they’re now part of our family,” said Deanna Messinger, Mark’s wife. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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