Avid, nearly life-long tennis player and shoulder arthrocopy patient, Kelly L. captained her 4.0 (NTRP) team to a Midwest Championship title and berth in the USTA National Tournament, the summer after surgery.
“As an avid, nearly life-long tennis player an overuse shoulder injury at age 42 should not have been a surprise. Yet hearing the words “rotator cuff tear” presented the very real possibility that not only might my competitive playing days be numbered, but also my high school coaching career. Not if John Rogerson, MD and Renee Burke, PA-C had anything to say about it.
In the middle of a highly competitive USTA match, I’d hit my 20th overhead (yes, playing lobbers) when something “popped.” Assuming just another shoulder ache I forged ahead until it was my serve and I couldn’t lift my arm above my bellybutton.
Serving underhand was sufficient to win the match, but I called Dr. Rogerson’s office the next day. Renee was wonderfully compassionate and scheduled an immediate MRI. The results confirmed a supraspinatus tendon tear as well as significant A/C joint degeneration. Arthroscopic surgery was necessary and the entire staff at Dr. Rogerson’s office made every step of the process (nearly) painless.
Competent, quality medical care along with extensive physical therapy had me back on the courts within 4 months. In fact, the summer following my surgery I captained my 4.0 (NTRP) team to a Midwest Championship title and berth in the USTA National Tournament… a first for a Madison-based USTA team. Additionally, I was back coaching the Edgewood High School girls’ and boys’ tennis teams. None of these experiences would have been possible without the attentive care and follow-up services provided by Dr. Rogerson and Renee Burke. Playing and coaching tennis is my passion. I cannot begin to sufficiently thank the entire Team Ortho staff for allowing me to continue doing what I love.”- Kelly