Last week Mom was diagnosed with ripped ligaments in her shoulder. She was so happy to finally know what was wrong and why her arm had been hurting that she was all Kobe Bryant about wanting surgery *yesterday* so she could get right to the healing part. Since then, she’s slowed down, done a LOT of research, talked to people who’ve had the same surgery – some who said it was hell but were happy they did and some who most definitely wish that they hadn’t done it. Result: She’s putting off surgery for now…
So… Not Necessarily Surgery??
That is correct. Not necessarily surgery. She’s exploring all her options, and since even her doctor said, “This isn’t life or death. You can take your time and think about it,” she’s thinking about it. A lot.
She’s investigating physical therapy, neuromuscular massage therapy, rolfing, and even adult stem cell therapy! Who knew? We may be *there* already…
Check out this article from May 1st, 2013 in the Chicago Tribune about stem cell therapy potentially replacing things like shoulder surgery, that athletes – and regular people – are doing now: Stem cells may aid in sports injuries.
We’ll let you know what the shoulder sling is like when it arrives, how it fits and feels and all, and how it does with keeping her from overusing her arm while she figures all this stuff out.