I have been a competitive golfer since I was 9 years old and played golf at the University of Virginia in the 1980s. Likely, as the result of years of golf and some acute lifting injuries, I developed pain and lack of strength in my right and left shoulders at about the age of 40. It was nearly impossible to lift anything with an extended arm and golf required anti-inflammatory medication and ice. The team at OSC evaluated the situation and diagnosed the condition as a SLAP tear. As my right shoulder was the worst, it was decided that I needed surgery in October 2009. Dr. Marty Coleman performed the surgery and placed 3 pins in my right shoulder to repair the torn muscles. The initial recovery was quite slow, due to a “frozen shoulder” condition, but the persistence and patience of the OSC Physical Therapy team helped resolve the situation and I reached a full recovery in about 6 months. I later returned to golf in the spring of 2010 and happily had a “pain free” right shoulder.
Unfortunately, my left shoulder started causing similar issues in 2012. It was decided that I would have a similar surgery in October 2013. Dr. Marty Coleman performed another successful surgery and placed 2 pins in my left shoulder. The recovery in late 2013 was quite rapid and the OSC Physical Therapy team helped provide exercises for stretching and strengthening the repaired muscles. Thanks to the outstanding and professional work of Dr. Coleman and the patient and caring OSC Physical Therapy team, I have returned to completely “pain free” golf! Now with some “surgery” on my golf game, I hope to return to competitive golf again in the future.