After shattering my humerus from a fall during a morning run in 2021, I received a total reverse shoulder replacement and was sent to physical therapy for rehab at OSC. Dr. Cody Leeworthy was my therapist during that time and he was extraordinary. Dr. Leeworthy was prompt, attentive, personable and showed genuine concern for my condition. He was very knowledgeable and explained everything to me in detail. All of my questions were answered and 10 months post-surgery, I believe my mobility is at 90%. I’m told this is amazing. I recommend Dr. Leeworthy to anyone seeking a physical therapist. He will not disappoint you.
In 2021, Dr. Martin Coleman and I opted for a total reverse shoulder replacement after I shattered my humerus from a fall during my morning run. As he termed it, it’s a “one and done” type of procedure, eliminating the need for potential follow-up surgeries. If choosing this surgery, it’s important to note and follow Dr. Coleman’s instructions completely.
Rehab was hard but worth it. After two months of physical therapy and continued exercise following that, I believe my mobility to be at 90% at 10 months post-surgery. I’m told this is amazing. I am back to running and strength training. Dr. Coleman was very straightforward and explained everything to my satisfaction. The operation was a complete success and I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Coleman to anyone considering shoulder surgery.
My name is Tyler Oaks. I’m a Junior at Eastern Mennonite University and I play on the Men’s Volleyball Team.
I want to share my story about shoulder surgery with Dr. Martin Coleman to help other young people, especially athletes, who may have an injury and are facing a period of uncertainty while they recover.
I was fortunate and had never been injured previously. But in my freshman year at college, my shoulder began hurting and it was affecting my volleyball. It hurt bad enough that I told my mom. Luckily, she works for Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Newport News, VA and she quickly got me in to see Dr. Martin Coleman, an Orthopaedic Shoulder Specialist with the practice. After x-rays, and exam and an MRI, Dr. Coleman diagnosed me with a SLAP tear and tear of the rotator cuff in my right shoulder, which would need surgery to repair. I had surgery in December of 2020.
Recovery took a very long time. I was out freshman year into sophomore year season of volleyball. To be honest, I developed a mild depression during those months of not using my shoulder and then months of stretches and Physical Therapy, wondering if I would ever come back enough to play volleyball again. But I did exactly what Dr. Coleman told me to do, I didn’t drive until he told me I could, and my mom said that you could set your clock by me doing my stretches every day, I was so faithful. I also worked closely with Dr. Jamie Swale, DPT at the OSC Physical Therapy Clinic for six months. She helped keep me motivated, emailed me exercises during COVID-19 when I couldn’t work with my trainers at school and pushed me when I wanted to stop. The communication was always there of what I should be doing and shouldn’t be doing between Dr. Coleman, Dr. Swale, and myself. After about six months, I got to go to volleyball practice, but was very limited in what I could do. Dr. Coleman did not want me to retear his great surgical work!
After a year of recovery, I am back on the court, playing, feeling brand new and my shoulder barely hurts at all. If I had to give any piece of advice to someone who is going through the same situation as I was, keep fighting and don’t give up; it’s about the end result, not always about what is happening right now. Don’t give up!
Dr. Cody Leeworthy, thank you for your caring and guiding my therapy after reverse shoulder replacement surgery. Thank you so much, Fred Wintermantel, LPTA, for your expertise and knowledge while working on my neck and especially after my shoulder surgery. You took the time to explain how the muscles are put together, work and knew just how much to push to get everything working again. My recuperation was complete and very uneventful.
Dr. Martin Coleman repaired my torn rotator cuff in June 2021. Traditionally, rotator cuff surgeries require 6-12 months of rehabilitation. Post surgery, I followed Dr. Coleman’s instructions to the letter. Happily, I was playing golf less than 6 months later. Dr. Coleman is a demanding surgeon who has been known to tell his patients “do not screw up my surgery”. I’m happy I followed his advice.
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While playing golf, I noticed a recurring pain in my shoulder. It became more and more agonizing. I decided to see Dr. Martin Coleman and he ordered an MRI scan, where he found my already repaired right shoulder joint was deteriorated from arthritis . He informed me that the joint would would need a replacement. On March 9, I had the surgery.
It is now three months later and I have not had any pain since the 2nd day after surgery. I have strengthened the joint, now swing a golf club, and I’m cutting the grass around my bee hives. If you are hesitant about surgery, with Dr. Coleman, his staff and with physical therapy, you could have the same results. Please remember you are responsible to follow the Dr.’s directives and the prescribed physical therapy.
I received therapy for recovery from my left total shoulder replacement. I worked mostly with Cody Leeworthy DPT, Fred Wintermantel PTA, and their aides. Their approach was both professional and caring; and the entire department chipped in from time to time to keep the session moving. After three joint replacement surgeries and 40 years as an orthotist; I’ve observed many PT departments in various capacities. This experience was easily the best.
I am very pleased with the results of my rotator cuff surgery – torn ligament – on February 12, 2021. I have good use of my arm and a minimum of pain. Dr. Martin Coleman’s instructions were very clear every step of the way and I appreciate the way he emphasized what needed to be done at each step. I encourage people to use Dr. Coleman.