Bowling Shoulder Disaster

Bowling. A sport that appears deceptively simple, right? I thought so too. It had been years since I’d last ventured into a bowling alley, and my memories of it were mostly about gutter balls and questionable shoe choices. But when friends suggested a night out bowling, I figured, “How hard could it be?”

Famous last words.

The night began with a lot of laughter and not many strikes on my part. In my overzealous attempt to correct this, I decided to give the next throw my all. And by “all,” I mean I somehow managed to twist in an ungodly manner, putting all my weight onto my unsuspecting shoulder. The ball went flying (into another lane, mind you), and I was left clutching my arm, wincing in pain.

A week later, with the pain not subsiding, I knew I needed professional help. I turned to one of the top rotator cuff repair specialists near Melbourne. Upon examining my shoulder, Dr. Lorraine confirmed my fears: I had damaged my rotator cuff. 

But like me, you probably haven’t got the slightest clue what that even in. So, what is rotator cuff repair? Allow me to enlighten you.

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, and repairing it involves stitching the torn tendon back onto its attachment. In some cases, this can be done arthroscopically, with small incisions and minimal invasion.

Dr. Lorraine meticulously explained the procedure, assuaging my fears. Thankfully, mine wasn’t a severe tear, but it did require intervention. With her guidance, I underwent a successful repair and started my journey towards rehabilitation.

It’s been a few months now. My shoulder feels stronger, and my confidence in its ability has been restored. But one thing’s for sure – my bowling days are firmly behind me. I’ve realized some sports, no matter how deceptively easy they seem, are best left to those who know what they’re doing… or at least those who don’t turn a casual throw into an emergency!