Patient Requiring Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery

I am a 49 year old male and don't bounce or heal as well or as fast as I used to...

 

I was involved in a motorcycle accident on the 27th March 2011 resulting in 14 breaks and 10 fractures to my right hand side (from double femur up to my shoulder) and total dislocation of my left elbow.

 

The most significant and, as it turns out, complex injury was to my right shoulder resulting in a range of motion restricted to 45 - 70 degrees from 6 o'clock. A shoulder replacement was discussed but later ruled out following a keyhole exploratory which determined the cause was internal scarring caused by tissue and muscle trauma as a result of both the injury and the resultant surgery.

 

A third surgery was planned for planned for the 19th December where my shoulder would be opened up, the scartissue cut (a bit like you would on the skin on a pork roast) before being subjected to a full range of motion manipulation whilst still under anaesthetic, the prospect of which was a little unnerving...

 

Late in October I googled 'post trauma muscle hardenening' and found Aaron Mattes' site stretchingUSA.com and read about AIS (Active Isolated Stretching), a method he has been developing over the past 35 years. It was intriguing and I started looking for a practitioner closer to home. Typing in 'AIS UK' with my fingers crossed I was both surprised and delighted when Garry's name popped up right here in Aberdeen. I emailed him a description of my injuries and asked if he thought he might be able to do anything. He was actually in Florida working in Aaron's clinic but replied almost immediately saying not only did he believe he could help, but that he may well be able to reduce my symptoms enought to warrent my inpending surgery unnecessary. WOW with just a hint of scepticism...

 

I had my first appointment with Garry on the 7th of December. The first hour was spent discussing my injuries and x-rays and taking lots of range-of-motion measurements. This was followed by 2 hours of AIS and a second set of measurements. The results were astounding. Increases in range-of-motion ranged from 40% at worst to 55% at best. I left feeling overwhelmed by the results we had achieved and stunned/dismayed at the apparent disconnect between what had been world class surgery and my subsequent recovery/rehabilitation. Why do surgeons and after-care staff not know about AIS and the work Garry does?

 

That night I was able to sleep on my right side for the first time in 8 months. The following day I was able to carry my tea and coffee upstairs in my right hand. My shoulder had been so stiff prior to that, even walking with a cuppa resulted in it slopping over the side on almost every step. After a second appointment on the 9th I spoke with my surgeon who was both surprised and happy to cancel my forthcoming surgery...

 

I only had another two or three appointments with Garry before pain that we both suspected was due to the metalwork forced me to call a halt. I asked if I could have it removed and was told that couldn't happen until nearer the end of 2012. An appointment arrived sooner than expected and I had all the metalwork in my shoulder removed on the 30th of July and immediately the pain I was experiencing towards the upper limits of certain ranges of assisted motion disappeared. I was told to wait at least 4 months before putting any stress on the shoulder so am looking forward to both going back to Garry to finish what he assurred me would be a significant if not toal recovery of range-in-motion , which by the way, I believe 100%, and getting into a gym to start working towards regaining some kind of strength.

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