The main problem with my shoulder was…they call it impingement syndrome. Impingement syndrome to me is where your joint is hanging up when it’s moving. It’s not having clear, free motion, if you will. It’s getting caught up somewhere. They did give me different treatment options after I’d seen the orthopedist. We tried some physical therapy first – exercises.
My physical therapy was effective for the first few months. I made it through my softball season and I chose to have the surgery at the end of the season so I’d be ready for the next season.
I chose to have arthroscopic shoulder surgery on my left shoulder. The lateral tears were basically a little torn cartilage. They went in, they clipped them, they made my shoulder joints smoother so that the range of motion can come back. They also went in and looked at my rotator cuff and seen my rotator cuff was fine so they actually checked out the whole joint from just the arthroscopic surgery.
My recovery time after my shoulder arthroscopy was about two weeks. I started physical therapy about two days after surgery; getting my full range of motion back. I started with the exercises and the exercises progressed from little range of motion to full range and strengthening exercises for my shoulder.
The physical therapists were pretty pleased with my recovery initially. I did go back after a few months for a follow up and because I did not fully do my exercises, my strength was not there in my shoulder so they gave me more information, more exercises, to re-strengthen my joint.
I’m not doing anything differently now as a result of the injury. I’m just being safer and smarter as I’m throwing. That experience was good for me – the surgery – cause it taught me that I have to take care of my body, whether it be any type of sports – playing softball, swimming, whatever – you just have to be safe and take care of it.