I have played football and basketball throughout my time at Wayne County High School. During my first football game of the season on Friday, August 18, 2017, my team was going for a two-point conversion when my shoulder got hit running through the end zone.
I knew I needed to get my shoulder examined and looked to my friend, who is the athletic director at Jacksonville State University, for recommendations. He uses Dr. Wayne McGough from Andrews Sports Medicine as his teams' doctor, and recommended I see him as well.
After confiding in the athletic director, my mom made an appointment with Dr. McGough for Monday, August 21, 2017, three days after my shoulder injury.
Prior to my visit with Dr. McGough, I researched Andrews Sports Medicine online. I was so impressed to find that the practice is one of the top orthopaedic centers in the world.
It was so neat walking into Andrews Sports Medicine on Monday and seeing all the professional jerseys hanging up. You could tell how professional the practice was.
After Dr. McGough examined my shoulder, x-rays revealed that I had a grade 5 AC joint separation and partially torn labrum.
One of my favorite things about my appointment with Dr. McGough was that he gave me the choice on whether or not to do the shoulder surgery. He let me be the deciding factor.
Having full confidence in Dr. McGough and his expertise, I decided to go on with the surgery and returned to Andrews Sports Medicine three weeks later for the procedure.
The surgery with Dr. McGough could not have gone any better. The recovery process was so quick and a lot easier than I expected. I recovered just in time for basketball season and as soon as Dr. McGough cleared me, I was back on the court, playing in a basketball game the next night!
During my first basketball game, I scored a game-high of 26 points. I feel like I never hurt my shoulder and today, everything is 100% back to normal.
The surgery truly went as good as it could have gone. I’m so glad I got the chance to go to Andrews Sports Medicine!