Green Bay (WFRV) The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles that help move and stabilize the shoulder joint. Damage to any of the muscles and the ligaments can cause a lot of pain.
But surgery can help.
Mike Mason had a rotator cuff tear- and didn’t know it for more than a year.
Mike Mason is getting back into the swing of things again, “So far it’s been phenomenal,” said Mike Mason as he takes a swing at his golf ball.
During his life- Mike put his body through a lot, “I played sports all my life, I abused my body,” said Mike.
And eventually he paid the price, “If I would golf two days in a row I would wake up in the middle of the night with a lot of pain in the back of my shoulder,” explained Mike.
When the pain started to interfere with his life mike sought help, “He had a painful rotator cuff tear he saw another physician and wasn’t given a lot of hope for repairing his torn tendon,” said Shawn Hennigan, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
So mike turned to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Shawn Hennigan at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. Dr. Hennigan specializes in shoulder and elbow problems, “The choice was to do nothing or try to repair it. He knew there was a chance going into surgery that it might not be repairable,”
explained Dr. Hennigan.
But Mike wanted to keep swinging his clubs, “I’m hoping to golf till im 80 or 85,” said Mike hopefully.
So Dr. Hennigan performed rotator cuff surgery, “We got it repaired. He actually healed it and he did everything he was supposed to do. So he took a chance on a narrow road, managed to navigate it and ended up doing very well,” explained Dr. Hennigan.
Mike lived through the pain for nearly a year before seeking treatment. Dr. Hennigan says people who have shoulder pain should know about their options. Which is one reason Dr. Hennigan is a speaker for Aurora BayCare’s Orthopedic Seminar Series, “When people have issues and problems and maybe don’t think that their problem doesn’t arise to the level of going to the doctor- they don’t want to get seen yet so its more of an educational thing,” explained Dr. Hennigan.
Dr. Hennigan is leading the seminar in June, “this seminar is treating shoulder arthritis,” he explained.
Mike is glad he had the surgery and is looking forward to a summer filled with tee times, “I said something to one of my buddies about the third round of the year, I said you know I’m on the 15th hole and haven’t even thought about my shoulder. I have no more pain now, no pain,” Mike happily said.
The Shoulder Arthritis Seminar is Wednesday, June 15th at 5:30 pm. at Aurora BayCare Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center. It is free and open to the public.