Charlie Humes

Shoulder Patient – Sports Injury

Shoulder Patient – Sports Injury: As a college tennis player, one of the most important things to me is to be able to stay healthy in order to compete. When I started experiencing pain in my right shoulder, I was referred to Dr. Foad. With use of expert knowledge and a thorough clinical evaluation, Dr. Foad diagnosed me with a superior labrum anterior-posterior tear. Dr. Foad took the time to explain the surgical options for repair and also how I would be able to finish my senior high school tennis season, something that was very important to me. He also expertly and clearly explained the aspects and steps of surgery, recovery, and rehabilitation that came with a SLAP tear. While I finished my season, Dr. Foad recommended therapy in order to strengthen surgery, an aspect that would also benefit the recovery of the surgery post-op. The physical therapist, Brad Harper, provided tremendous help as well and displayed the great resources Dr. Foad has at his disposal. Because of Dr. Foad’s insight, I was able to finish my tennis season before having the surgery.

After finishing my season, Dr. Foad performed my shoulder repair. Before the surgery, Dr. Foad came over and made sure I was doing all right and once again explained how the shoulder would be repaired. After surgery, Dr. Foad explained and showed to me how he repaired my labrum and then explained what was to be done next in order to make a full recovery. One of the big worries for me was losing the mobility of my shoulder, something necessary for a tennis player. I have not experienced any problems with my shoulder and its mobility has returned to completely normal. I could not be more thankful for Dr. Foad’s expertise within the operating room as he has helped me get back onto the tennis court in a timely fashion.

Throughout my rehabilitation and therapy, Dr. Foad stayed in contact to make sure the healing process was going smoothly. Dr. Foad exhibits an immense level of caring for his patients and will doing anything to make sure their experience with him is enjoyable. As the son of two doctors, it is comforting to know that you are in the hands of an orthopedic surgeon that both parents have a great deal of respect for. As a former college athlete as well, Dr. Foad was able to understand my desire to heal quickly and return to the court. I cannot thank Dr. Foad enough for being the perfect doctor for my operation. I would highly recommend Dr. Foad to everyone for their orthopaedic care.

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