Falls usually occur when least expected and always end suddenly. It was the abrupt stop that did me in when I was hiking on a familiar trail and stumbled on a tree root. Although I was able to ease my impact into the ground with my arms, my shoulders suffered greatly. During subsequent weeks, every medical professional who examined me stated that I was the first patient they had seen with both rotator cuffs torn at the same time.
Four weeks later, with little improvement in my shoulders, which were both damaged equally, my doctor suggested a program of physiotherapy. I made an appointment with Royal City Health & Manual Therapy and was pleased with their program from the outset. A combination of weekly workouts at their centre and exercises which I was assigned to do at home on a daily basis, seemed to result in slow but steady improvement.
Now, after four months of progressive exercises, I have regained nearly full motion in my arms and much of their former strength. I believe a full recovery is in my not too distant future.