Injury Report – 10 Months Since Shoulder Surgery

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, December 13th, 2019
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As of tomorrow, I’ll be 10 months removed from shoulder surgery for a torn bicep tendon, torn rotator cuff, torn labrum and bone spur removal.  I was in a sling for about six weeks following the surgery, and did rehab for about six months. During the course of my recovery I developed “frozen shoulder,” a condition where scar tissue and inflammation builds up causing extreme soreness and stiffness.  That condition can take up to several years to subside.

The majority of the injury happened in the summer of 2018, but there seemed to be damage occurring in the previous year or two before that. I’d experienced shoulder pain dating back to early 2018 and through until November 2019. Having been in pain for so long, I’m happy to report that as of about 2-3 weeks ago I haven’t been noticing any. It can still be stiff if I push it working out or doing activities which stretch the limits of my arm’s mobility.

It has now been 13 months since I played golf. If I try the motions of a golf swing I can tell that I don’t have much in terms of release. Release meaning the extension of the golf swing following impact.  Once my arms get about 1/3 of the way to the finish I can feel that frozen shoulder tightness. That’s not great, but a few months ago I could not have gotten to that position.

I also had a little boo boo this summer while hiking.  I fell and dislocated my other shoulder.  That one has a torn labrum and an indented ball, the ball part of the ball and socket.  That means it will likely dislocate easier.  I could have chosen surgery to fix the damage, but I’ve opted to try and build up strength first and see how that goes.

Winter is here in northern Utah, so I wouldn’t be playing any golf this time of year anyway unless I traveled south.  So not a huge loss in terms of golf at this point.  I’m hoping that after the 5-6 month winter my flexibility will have improved enough to start trying to make some golf swings.  I doubt I could hit a ball farther than 40-50 yards at this point.

That’s all fine. I’m in full on SKI mode now.  Bring on the powder.  I’m working on a new site for skiing (and other mountain sports). It’s under construction, but the site “Hike.Ski” is somewhat up and running.  It’s an interesting domain.  Not a “dot com.”  Just type in Hike.Ski into the browser URL.  The full site is https://hike.ski.

I’ll report again when there are new developments on the shoulder. Thanks for your patronage.


One response to “Injury Report – 10 Months Since Shoulder Surgery”

  1. tider992010 says:

    I had similar issues with my left should and had to have it manipulated. It was rough. The rehab does work. Keep it up. It will take at a minimum 1 year to heal without any FUBU’s. Good luck.

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