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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
Begins: Jun 28, 2019
Date: Thu, Oct 10th, 2019
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New information results in a surprising revelation. Read on!
As you may recall, I fell twice and dislocated my right shoulder both times. I have had occasional pain with certain movements of my shoulder, but in general it has functioned normally without any pain.
I decided to see my doctor about my shoulder mostly to get her to get me into physical therapy. She was concerned for a rotator cuff tear so sent me for an MRI.
I went in for that two weeks ago and got a call from her office that same day saying I should put my arm in a sling and follow up with an Orthopedic doc ASAP! Seems I have two fractures of my shoulder bones. A crush injury of the top of the humerus (upper arm bone) known as a Hill-Sachs fracture and a fracture of the glenoid fossa area of the scapula (basically the socket the humerus fits into at the shoulder.) The second fracture is called a Bankart fracture. Oh, and the cartilage of the shoulder joint is all torn up. Hey, but no rotator cuff tear!
Basically, as I understand it, when I hit the ground the impact drove the top or head of the humerus slam into the glenoid fossa crushing the cartilage in between, crushing part of the head of the humerus, and breaking the part of the scapula that makes up the cup the humerus normally rests in.
I don’t do anything half way.
The interesting thing is that I am in no real pain. And I have been using my right arm like normal for the last 8 weeks since my second fall. Yes, there are some reaching movement that my shoulder tells me not to do, but I have no problems doing my normal activities. Go figure!
I saw Ortho and, although there is surgery for this, he suggested we try a course of Physical Therapy and see how it goes. Maybe I can avoid surgery.
Anyway, the CDT just keeps on giving me new experiences. :^)
Safe Travels My Friends.
SlowBro's Continental Divide Trail Journey
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