I first visited Dr. Steven Nichols in August 2012. I had a long history of progressive impingement pain mainly in my right shoulder.
I served in the Marine Corps and had some problems then, but started having pain with overhead activities, primarily difficulty lifting weights and shooting basketball.
During my first visit with Dr. Nichols, he examined my right shoulder and suggested taking x-rays for a better look at my shoulder. The x-rays revealed that I had a partial tear of the rotator cuff in my right shoulder. He suggested that I get injections, which I'd previously had and PT, which helped control my pain a little.
After learning more about my diagnostic and discussing the benefits and risks with Dr. Nichols, I decided to proceed with arthroscopic surgery of my right shoulder to repair my rotator cuff. I had a full recovery, with extensive PT, and my right shoulder has been pain free ever since.
I visited with Dr. Nichols again in October, 2018. I was at work one day and heard a pop in my left shoulder. After that, I had pain when I elevated my shoulder and I had difficulty sleeping at night due to the pain.
When I saw Dr. Nichols, he recommended an MRI of my left shoulder, which revealed partial tearing of my rotator cuff. We discussed a plan and decided to go with an outpatient arthroscopy of the left shoulder to repair my rotator cuff tear. I had surgery on December 18, 2018. I have not felt this pain free in while.
I want to give a big thank you to Dr. Nichols for operating on both of my shoulders and guiding me in the right direction for a full recovery!