Editor’s note: The following is Part 3 of a series regarding patient Jeremy Keck’s first-hand account of his physical therapy experience at Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics.
Part 3: “What Does the Doc Say?”
After going through four weeks of physical therapy, my doctor’s appointment had finally arrived. I knew my shoulder had gotten stronger and expected everything to go well.
I arrived at Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics, signed in and sat down in the waiting room. After a few minutes, my name was called and I was escorted to the doctor’s office.
Dr. Eric Gordon entered the room shortly after. We exchanged pleasantries and then he asked me to get up and proceeded to move my left arm in a variety of positions – just as he had done during my visit the month prior.
This time I could move around much more easily.
Dr. Gordon told me to hold my arm straight out to my side. He warned me he was going to push my arm down and instructed me to keep my arm in place. He pressed down, but this time my arm stayed firmly in position.
“Good,” he remarked. “Now I’m going to push up against your arm. Keep it there.”
Again he applied pressure, and my arm firmly remained in position.
At the conclusion of my appointment, Dr. Gordon said I could be ready to return to the basketball court in four weeks.
He emphasized the importance of continuing to do the exercises I had been performing in rehab over the next year. “Your odds of keeping that shoulder in place increase dramatically if you continue to rehab that shoulder,” he explained.
I’ll be honest, since that appointment, doing my exercises has been easier said than done. Rehab takes a lot of time and a lot of effort. It takes commitment on the patient’s end to fully “Get Back to Life.” However, with the help of ASO, my shoulder is healing, and I can’t wait to play basketball again.