Ever wonder who builds those massive stage setups for a rock band’s stadium tour, the presidential inauguration, and other big events? They’re call riggers and, yes, they have a labor intensive job.

Morgan Brownen works as a rigger, and in May 2019, she suffered a torn labrum in her shoulder while trying to stop a 150-lb. beam from falling on workers below. Unfortunately, due to a series of roadblocks — including the COVID-19 edict to temporarily cancel all elective surgeries — it took Morgan 19 months to make a full recovery and finally get back to work. And she may have never received proper treatment for her injury if not for a second opinion by Dr. Garretson and the persistence of the Blue Ridge Ortho staff.


“Dr. Garretson was amazing and I would recommend him to anyone who asks. I could not have asked for a better, more caring and helpful doctor. He listened to me every step of the way,” she says.


She adds, “Throughout it all, the ladies at Blue Ridge were incredibly understanding and bent over backwards to help me get the treatment I needed. At no point did I ever feel dismissed or unimportant at Blue Ridge. I don’t think I would have been able to recover as quickly as I did at any other facility.”

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