I have an extensive background as a collegiate and professional athlete. At 64 years old, I still compete in triathlons, cycling and swimming events. All of which require utilization of the shoulders. Over 50 years of training and competing, I totally damaged my left shoulder. I was referred to Doctor Coleman as if not one of the best, “the best” shoulder doctor and surgeon in Hampton Roads. I had major concerns about the ability to continue my life-style of training and competing. After several consultations and appointments, and Doctor Coleman’s ability to understand the importance of me continuing training and competing, he highly recommended total reverse shoulder replacement.
On October 18, 2013 the surgery was performed and very successful. Only 10 days after surgery, I cycled 20-miles, after 16 days, I swam 1,000 meters and continued to train for the 2014 season. Swimming requires a tremendous amount of shoulder usage. Over the course of 2014, I swam 131,550 meters and look forward to the 2016 season. Shoulder replacement is an enhancement to your life style, not a disability.
Alonzo “Lonnie” Crittenden