My story began on October 24, 2018 when I was thrown to the pavement in a cycling accident, landing on my left shoulder. X-rays of the shoulder at the Huntsville Hospital ER showed that the shoulder was not broken.
Two weeks later, still unable to raise my arm, I had an MRI. It showed that I had full thickness tears of both the infraspinatus and supraspinatus tendons. (In layman’s terms they were both ripped entirely off the bone.) These are two of the four tendons that make up the rotator cuff of the shoulder.