My therapist is a young fella, who also happens to be a fellow motorcycle enthusiast. His folks also ride. We had a bit to talk about this morning. Part of his evaluation concerned my neck and shoulder muscles on the afflicted side, which at the present are tighter than a longbow's string. He foresees using some heat and maybe some electrotherapy on them, to aid in loosening them up for me. That in itself would be nothing short of a Godsend. With my left arm straight, I can raise it with the pulley to a point above my shoulder. Plenty high enough for riding. Needless to say, I want to get it much higher still. Now I have to work on a couple of more things… Like being able to spread my left arm out towards the side. As I discovered today, the muscles responsible for that range of movement are currently not available. Besides being displaced during the operation procedure, they have also atrophied over the last 2 months, to the point of being non-existent. Clearly this is going to take a little while before I'm back in shape to ride safely.
I found out at the end of my first session that he wanted to apply some heat and perhaps massage to my shoulder area. Unfortunately, I was running late and had to return home yet, before my lady could drive me into work. So no niceties for me on this, my first visit. As it was, I actually logged into work late by a minute and a few seconds. Next time I will take full advantage of such amenities, believe me. I'll make time for it!!!
So I'm sore but at least I'm hopeful. I have begun yet another chapter in this my recovery. I am confident that I will be able to recover sufficiently to not only ride again, but to do just about everything I could before. I believe Dr. Pollock's prognosis about my arm never being the same again. You can't argue with that fact. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that I will be really limited in what I can and cannot do. That is something that I believe depends solely on me and my motivation factor to get better.