I'll keep this short and sweet, since you'll be hearing a lot from me in coming months. I leave my house in about 30 minutes to head to the hospital for rotator cuff surgery, specifically to repair a full-thickness labrum tear as well as a full-thickness supraspinatus tear. To ease the strain on the labrum in the future, I'll also be having bicep tenodesis, a procedure in which the long head of the bicep is detached from the labrum and anchored to the humerus. I'll be able to start climbing again in about six months, assuming all goes well.
I figure, why not update regularly on the recovery, since I won't be able to work for a few months? My loss is your gain. Actually, I'm looking at it as an upgrade. This shoulder hasn't been right for a while. For years it's been about 20% weaker than the other shoulder. Work just destroys it, and it was a fall on ice at work that finally did it in.
We've got some other big news to share soon, of things I've been working on, and we have a review of the great new "Bam Board" just about ready, so I'll talk to you all again in a week or so, pecking away left handed at my keyboard.
In this episode, we sit down with Allison Stowers, a Chattanooga-based climber and physical therapist. We talk about how to self-diagnose, when you should see a doctor, what to do about an injury, and most importantly, how to prevent them.
Has it really been 60 days since I last posted an update on my shoulder? Not that there was much to report on, save the same old routine of PT and mobility. Until recently, that is, when the "little" exercises that I was capable of got much bigger.
It's interesting how fast perspective can shift when one's situation is altered. Each time I get the clearance to do a new exercise it's the highlight of my day. Mobility or strengthening - doesn't matter - it's all the same level of exciting to me right now.
Therapy. Atrophy. Ever wonder why those two words are one letter away from being anagrams? It's because they go hand in hand. When you aren't using muscles, your body has zero interest in maintaining them. They disappear FAST.
So surgery went well, they tell me. I have no idea since I don't know what's going on in there. I'll trust their judgement.
I'll keep this short and sweet, since you'll be hearing alot from me in coming months. I leave my house in about 30 minutes to head to the hospital for rotator cuff surgery, specifically to repair a full thickness labrum tear as well as a full thickness supraspinatus tear.
I wanted to post an addition to my previous injury prevention and rehab posts. I know you've all been training hard, and I just want to be sure you aren't getting sidelined by some silly overuse injury.
Shoulders are a tricky joint. A big muscular shoulder means absolutely nothing when it comes to injuries. The most common shoulder injury in climbers is a form of tendonitis known as "shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS)".