Recovery Starts Now

I’m not sure if anyone will be interested in this but since this is my largest disc golf related audience I am going to be blogging about my injury and my recovery over the winter.

So I have mentioned before that I have dislocated my arm from my shoulder four times this year; February, March, April and October.  I now have Bankart Lesion surgery scheduled for the end of December.

Not for the faint

The labrum is torn away in my right shoulder making my arm very lax in its socket and extremely vulnerable to sublaxation (dislocation).  The surgeon is going to drill anchors into my bone and tie the torn labrum back in place. Like in this video:
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It is then my job to hold it in place long enough for it to bind back to its original spot.

My surgery is 4 weeks away so recovery starts now.  This is phase one.  My goals for phase one are to train my left arm and make sure that my left arm and shoulder are in tip top shape.  This is important so when I have undergone surgery my mind is used to using my left arm and there is no transition period.  This will ensure I keep my right arm still without fail.

I have started wearing a sling already sometimes during the day to get used to doing activities lefty.  Even some disc but its not the same.  I have also been doing a lot of stretching and motion exercises for my left shoulder.  Maybe i’ll make a video of it someone is interested.

So this phase will last until my surgery.  One week pre-surgery I will be wearing the sling all the time my right arm will stay immobile as much as possible.  The next phase will last 3-4 weeks and will consist of protecting my right arm post-surgery and continuing to strengthen my left side.

Thanks for reading.