Jerry - Rotator Cuff Tear, Labral Tear

I had become an avid cyclist over the past few years when, in the interests of the environment and general do goodedness, I took a large container of paper to the local recycling station. As the container went up over the edge I went down. Diagnosed almost immediately with a torn rotator cuff by Dr. Pepe, I scheduled surgery for mid February.

In the mean time I continued to ride my roadbike about 25 miles a day. It wasn't too sore but required extra care.

I visited my daughter attending Appalachian State University in Novemeber and while in the stadium, slipped on a small patch of ice. I grabbed the railing to keep from going down.

On returning home, I went for a ride and realized I could barely grip the handlebars. Riding ended. Surgery was already scheduled so I bided my time. 

After surgery, Dr. Pepe asked what had happened since the MRI because there was far more injury than showed in the test results. I explained about the slip and he told me about the torn labrum. He suggested I might not ride for a while.

I began rehabilitation almost immediately. Recovery was going well and within three months I received permission to ride a beach cruiser. 25 miles on a beach cruiser is a heck of a workout! Within six weeks I was given permission to ride my roadbike again and after a tentative two months, I was back to normal distances and times.

Thanks Dr. Pepe! You got me back to full functioning in six months. Way to go Ace!

Related Specialties

Related Conditions

Make an Appointment

First Name
Last Name
Please select an appointment type
1 of 1