Ethan Pringle re-injures his shoulder during the ABS Nationals comp


Ethan has been plagued with injuries lately, and in the ABS final it happened again. “I extended my arm to do this huge campus/dyno rose move and as soon as my left shoulder took the first bit of my body weight, it went snap, crackle, pop, like a rice krispy. I knew it was OVER for me. My shoulder was filled with white hot pain, and so was my head. Even though I wasn’t in all that much pain, I was in shock from realizing the gravity of what I had just done…”.

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Here is a copy of the Email that Roger Rogalski Sent me after reviewing my MR with his radiology expert:

There was a small irregularity we all saw in the long head of your biceps which would be consistent with a tear. The biceps anchor is at the glenoid labrum and when the labrum pulls away from the glenoid that’s commonly referred to as a SLAP lesion. If the labrum pulls away from the glenoid lower down it usually is more consistent with something called a Bankart lesion and indicative of anterior/inferior instability, either acute or chronic. I wouldn’t rush to any surgical decision at this point. Your MR findings are pretty subtle and there was a little bit of diagnostic disagreement. Reasonably, I think you should give yourself more time and rest before venturing off to the surgical suite. You’re not burning any bridges by giving nature a little time: the surgery’s no more difficult later and any delay won’t necessarily impair the end result. You’re young, fit and have tremendous healing potential. The pendulum for treatment of first time dislocations/subluxations has swung back and forth a number of times in my career. For now it’s in the the non-operative deadpoint. Also, not all mild SLAPs are symptomatic. The corollary to the adage no hold’s to big to fall from is there’s no problem so bad we can’t make it worse with surgery. Your decision should be based on your symptoms, not subtle MR findings. I know you’re anxious but it’s always better to not make a decision in that state. I don’t mind if you paste this to your blog but you have to remember that I’m only looking at a MRI. You need to be examined and as part of the Kaiser system start having an honest, communicative relationship with your doctor there as well. Let me know how things progress. Go to NZ. You’ll have more fun there then stressing about whether to have early surgery or not. I’ve seen extraordinary climbers, pitchers, quarterbacks, etc.with shoulders a thousand times worse. I’d bet $ you’ll be back to your former level.

Well, pretty… er, decent news huh! So the bottom line is that I should just wait to see what my shoulder feels like after some rehab before making any big decisions… I was under the impression that if I were to wait that it would be harder to repair the tear later if I did decie to go under the knife, but apparently that’s not the case. In an earlier E-mail Roger said he usually gives the time frame of 4-6 weeks to heal a “mild SLAP tear”, which would put me right at the date of my ticket to NZ 6 weeks after the injury…

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