Because of his active lifestyle, he elected to have a ream and run procedure.
He recently sent this email from his home in South Africa:
"I wanted to touch base with you since now I am five months out of having the Ream and Run. Its been a bit up and down, as I'm sure you are aware of, but overall I know in the long run my shoulder is going to be much better off than it was prior to the procedure. I wanted to ask you about certain exercises to focus on and avoid. I've been sticking to the rowing, lat pulldowns, light yoga, and strengthen my back. The physiotherapist I am working here has added some external rotation exercises and I am finding them very problematic. I remember reading to avoid them for at least three months after surgery, which I did, but at five months one set of external rotation exercises will cause pain and stiffness in the front part of the shoulder for several days. I wanted to see if that was normal and what your thoughts were on the type of rehab exercises I should focus on?
On a side note, South Africa is a gorgeous country. After living in big Asian cities the last seven years it's nice to get back to a place, much like the Northwest, that I can enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. I'm not back to cycling yet, but once back on the bike I know I will enjoy it even more here. Appreciate your time and feedback."
He also sent these videos of his shoulder motion, which he generously gave us permission to show here
Comment: This five month progress report points out that the recovery of motion and function after a ream and run requires dedication and time. It also points to the importance of avoiding external rotator stretching until it can be performed comfortably
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