Ten years ago, I had to have my left shoulder, biceps, and rotator cuff operated on and I went to Dr. Martin Coleman. Not knowing what to expect, he explained to me everything by telling me what was going to be done and how I needed to rehab after the surgery. Everything went as he said and my shoulder has never been better. At that time I lived in Newport News, VA and it was easy for me to see him.
Now, ten years later, I am living up in New Kent, VA, which is close to an hour away (from Newport News) and very close to Richmond. I needed to get my right shoulder operated on and I did not even hesitate to drive back down to Newport News and see Dr. Coleman. Again, he explained the entire procedure. I had my shoulder surgery in December of 2016.
It is now April 2017 and, after doing everything he told me to do, my shoulder is doing great. I can not thank him enough for the quality of life that he has given back to me. There are many Doctors in the area but if anyone asks me where to go, Orthopaedic & Spine Center and Dr. Coleman is where I would send them.
Dr. Boyd Haynes’ mantra is “that orthopedic surgery to repair an injury is not always the first and necessary solution”. And that was the case for me.
As an active 81 year-old sailor, I tore my right biceps muscle hauling in a sail. I have been an OSC patient for about 40 years, so I looked on the OSC website and saw Dr. Haynes treated biceps muscles. His first diagnosis was not pleasing, as an in office MRI also showed a tear in the right shoulder rotator cuff. I had rotator cuff surgery on that shoulder 20 years ago and, no doubt, Dr. Haynes saw the immediate fear in my eyes at the unwelcome news!
Being familiar with this type of injury, in a very relaxed manner, Dr Haynes explained options, other than surgery, that could be considered. He prescribed an initial physical therapy session to develop range of motion and slowly exercise the muscles involved with the bicep and shoulder. After promise was shown with the initial learned exercise set, a second exercise set was undertaken for two months to build up muscle strength.
At the office examination after that second session, I was able to pass his strength tests and he proclaimed the welcome news that it looked like surgery was not necessary. YEAH! Dr Haynes suggested to continue those exercise which I perform at a local YMCA to maintain and perhaps slowly build muscle strength….. with a healthy diet of course. That’s also his mantra!
I am extremely appreciative of the attention and assurance of both Dr. Haynes and his physician assistant, Chris Schwizer, over the course of my slowly improving rehabilitation process.