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Old 08-02-2005   #1
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Shoulder Doc?

I roasted my right shoulder. Cashed. I can't lift it above shoulder high. It has been giving me some trouble in the past, but now my whole arm is going numb from time to time.
My question is how do go about looking for a good sports doc (more specifically for shoulders) and what questions do I need to ask? I am real wary from all the horror stories about knife happy docs. And what kind of recovery time am I looking at?


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Old 08-02-2005   #2
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shoulder doc

I'm an orthopaedic surgeon living in Breck. I have 2 partners who are excellent shoulder surgeons and neither are knife-happy. Give me a call. 970-688-0068
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Old 08-02-2005   #3
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I can't say enough good about my orthopedic doc, who is a shoulder specialist, and also happens to be a paddler. I had a subacromial decompression AND carpal tunnel done last February. I was paddling again on May 1st.

Check out his website:

I would recommend that you start doing some research on your own. The Steadman Hawkins website is a good place to start:

Additionally, make sure you have enough insurance coverage to cover at least 3 months of PT (around $3K). I did PT twice a week for 3 months and my shoulder is bomber. In fact, it's better than my left. Gotta make PT a priority.

Email me directly if you want more info.

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Old 08-03-2005   #4
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My shoulder was pretty damned screwed by the time I went to surgery. Went to Dr Abbott in Summit/Vail, after asking around. From my experience he is a very good surgeon, and is easy to talk to and explains the situation better than other doctors I have experienced. So far so good. Do not necessarily be afraid of the knife. A good doctor will explain what they are doing, and it is my understanding it is far better to get the job done, then do an unsuccessful scope. It really depends on the situation, and sometimes you should cut. Also in my case different doctors suggested different procedures. Drop me an email if you have any questions. Good luck.
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Old 08-04-2005   #5
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Thanks for the beta, definately be giving you a call soon. In the meantime, here is to advil and the sidelines....

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