Reviewed by Three Surgeons

Last week I was called to a case review at the Alfred Hospital where I originally went after the accident. It seems the case review was a regular meeting the brachial plexus surgeons have with the therapists. The start time was 6:30am which was a bit demanding but once there it was an interesting meeting.

Before the meeting I was assessed by one of the resident doctors who seemed to be in training to be a surgeon. In the meeting the resident doctor presented my case to the doctors who quizzed her about my injuries. She was clearly nervous and rushed and after calling my shoulder my elbow twice was told to slow down. Once she had finished her analysis the surgeons quickly got down to analysing my symptoms and recovery. My surgeon, Dr Wheel was present and was able to give his view. It was good to be part of the process, but I didn’t learn a lot as they talked in their own language. What I did come away feeling is that unless the external rotation of my arm happens soon more surgery seems inevitable – can’t say I am keen on that idea as it will mean my arm and all my sporting activities are stopped for a significant period of time. The meeting closed with Dr Wheel saying the other surgeons had pretty much agreed with his analysis.

From there it was off to the arm therapist. It seems lately I have a different person every time I go there. today It was Anthony, who I have had before and he brings a different approach and is good fun. It was a great session as we seemed to get some external rotation with me lying down. It did give me some hope that with time it may happen. The amazing thing was the difficulty I had switching off the internal rotation which was so strong that it was overpowering any chance of external rotation. I left the session with something to practice and more hope of avoiding surgery. The attached video shows the movement.

About Craig Glass

I am a 68 years old. I am Senior Vice-Principal of Haileybury, Australia's largest private school. My passion outside of family and education is triathlon. I have raced over all distances with the highlight being completing the Ironman in 2011. Whilst training for my next Ironman I had an horrific accident which left me with a left brachial plexus injury.
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