Friday, October 5, 2007
This is your shoulder
Well okay not your shoulder. Not mine either. We all have them - two of them. We're usually not even aware of our shoulders. At least until something goes wrong with them.
Years ago at a wheelchair tennis tournament, a student doing a survey on shoulder injuries among wheelchair athletes approached me and asked me to take a survey. "I'm fine," I said. "No problems." And a few of the older players sitting there said "Just wait."
Well here I am. And the shoulder injuries, bilateral, etc. are complicated by the paralysis in my arms. But I'm not going to go into all the medical facts because it's not helpful to anyone else - every medical situation is different. There's an article in New Mobility this month where I was interviewed about buying equipment. I read it over and thought: wow - that was only some months ago and I was talking about putting my manual chair in my car and here I am - shoulder injuries, complications later - using a power chair. So I thought I'd write about this. If anyone else wants to share about their experiences with injuries, complications, changing medical equipment, etc, feel free.