Jonathan Scholl knows a thing or two about building something durable as the owner of a high-end architectural and woodworking firm in Chester County that often performs premier restorations.
Excellence in craftsmanship and design are both critical components to success in his business. And from experience, he realized every project is different and requires a customized approach.
So, when a shoulder injury prevented Jon from using his arm for work and the outdoor activities he usually participated in during the summer like softball and golf, he sought out orthopedic surgeons with a track record of excellence who would design a treatment plan that fit his needs. Jon wanted to regain the use of his arm as soon as possible and achieve long-term durability.
With rotator cuff injuries like his, there are several surgical options including minimally invasive arthroscopic and open procedures. Jon discussed those options with Jefferson orthopedic surgeon Barbara Frieman, MD, of the Rothman Institute at Jefferson and the Jefferson Shoulder and Elbow Center.
“Every patient needs to be evaluated individually,” says Dr. Frieman. “We evaluate based on the severity of the injury, the patient’s age and lifestyle needs. Some need to be back to work quickly, some can take the time for major surgery and recovery.”
Jon remembers Dr. Frieman used an analogy that appealed to him as a lifelong dog owner:
If you need to tie up a dog, you can put a stake in the ground and tie him to that or you can tie him to an oak tree. For most dogs, the stake might do the trick, but for a big, strong dog, a tree is likely better.
“Given my situation, I wanted the oak tree,” he says. “It would allow me to start doing things faster as long as I did the therapy and stretching. I was in a sling for a week, instead of the four to six weeks of another approach.”
Ironically, shortly after Jon’s mother suffered the same injury. For her, the minimally invasive approach worked better and she opted for that over having open surgery.
If you are experiencing shoulder and elbow conditions such as shoulder dislocation, shoulder tendonitis, rotator cuff injury or bursitis, the Jefferson Shoulder and Elbow Center team can help.
The Center is the largest, most experienced service on the East Coast and provides a full spectrum of operative and nonoperative care for your shoulder and/or elbow condition. Our physicians see 8,000 to 10,000 new patients and perform more than 2,500 shoulder and elbow procedures every year.
Jon’s back at work with some limitation but says he’s pleased with his progress.
“I’m hoping to get back on the golf course by end of the summer.”
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