Shoulder injury can be the result of “wear and tear” or caused by the sudden onset of a shoulder injury. Here’s how one of our clients … a tennis player, used the Rotater during his recovery from shoulder surgery.
Shoulder injury … not glamorous …
“I injured my shoulder in January of 2011 at the ripe old age of 42. After years of participating in “throwing sports”, (football, baseball, tennis, etc…) I’m sure that I had some cumulative wear and tear that led to my injury. I had surgery on March 9th of that same year. I had ruptured my rotator cuff, torn my labrum, partially torn my bicep tendon and needed to have my scapula shaved down in specific areas. I’m sure you are wondering what I was doing that led to so much damage…it’s really glamorous….I was moving furniture. My surgeon mentioned that had I been a professional baseball pitcher, my career would be over. His perspective of a successful surgical outcome was to live the rest of my life without pain. Participating in sports (at a high level) was going to take a lot of work.
Search for help led to the Rotater
It is with this “vote of confidence” that I began my physical therapy regimen. 3 times/week I endured the painful process of stretching my injured shoulder. I also endured the humility of barely being able to curl a 2 lbs dumbbell. Determined to get back on the tennis court, I began researching ways that I could supplement my PT regimen. While I was making progress 3 days a week, I was determined to do everything that I could to accelerate my progress. It was this search that led me to the Rotater.
Mimicking shoulder therapy stretches
The most difficult aspect of trying to perform physical therapy at home (without a therapist) is mimicking the intensity of the stretching that can be accomplished when a therapist is physically manipulating the injured body part. The Rotater did just that. I believe that the Rotater provided the same stretching intensity as a “hands on” session with my therapist. In fact, there were a few movements where I found that I could stretch more aggressively using the Rotater than while at PT.
I’d highly recommend the Rotater for …
18 months later and I am back on the court (I started hitting 6 months after my surgery). In fact, I am actually playing at a higher level than I had been prior to my injury. I continue to perform my PT prescribed strengthening routine 3 times/week. I also continue to use the Rotater during each of these sessions. I am convinced that my use of the Rotater accelerated my recovery time. I am also convinced that continued use of the Rotater is a key element of my shoulder strength, flexibility and stability moving forward. Great product! The folks at “Rotater” also take an active interest in your recovery. I’d highly recommend the Rotater to people in recovery, or healthy athletes interested in gaining a few more MPHs on their fastball or tennis serve.”