Leigh Davis Thought She Needed Major Shoulder Surgery Until She Met Jacksonville Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Bruce Steinberg

A little over four years ago, Leigh Davis was diagnosed with a right side torn rotator cuff. She underwent a rotator cuff repair, performed in a traditional, open-surgical style, as well as physical therapy. After a very lengthy recovery period, Mrs. Davis assumed her problem was resolved. She didn’t have full use of her arm, but concluded that this was the natural outcome of undergoing major shoulder surgery. As a logistics technician for a major corporation in town, Ms. Davis has a heavy daily workload of data entry, filing and other activities that require the ability to use her arms. Doing her job became increasingly difficult as the pain worsened and function decreased.

At about this time, Mrs. Davis’ husband had some problems that were treated at Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute. Mrs. Davis was impressed with the care her husband received and determined that she needed to have her shoulder re-examined. She is grateful that she found her way to Bruce Steinberg, M.D., specialist in upper extremities. “I was so happy to meet with Dr. Steinberg. He didn’t talk ‘medical’ to me; he was obviously interested to figure out what was going on with my shoulder, while wanting to ensure that I understood everything. He prepared me for what he thought was ahead.” Mrs. Davis was also impressed that Dr. Steinberg used pictures in his explanation. “The visualization made a big difference for me. For the first time, I was able to see what was going on, rather than having to try and imagine it.”

Dr. Steinberg diagnosed Mrs. Davis with a split rotator cuff, and attempted to treat her initially through a conservative approach of injections. Unfortunately, she was unable to gain enough relief, so he performed a right shoulder arthroscopy to fix the malfunctioned repair Mrs. Davis had undergone previously. Key to this procedure was that Dr. Steinberg was able to do the surgery arthroscopically, thus allowing Mrs. Davis a much reduced recovery period. “After what I experienced the first time around, I expected that I would have a lot of pain for a long time following my surgery, and that I would have to sleep in a recliner for weeks, cushioned by pillows. I was very pleasantly surprised this time around.”

Four days later, when Mrs. Davis returned for her first post-operative visit, she was delighted to report little to no pain. She was also extremely impressed that a therapist was included in her appointment. “I can’t tell you how much that meant to me. Clearly Dr. Steinberg was interested in my complete recovery, not just ensuring that I had a successful surgery. Dr. Steinberg, the therapist and I looked at my ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures. Then Dr. Steinberg and the therapist laid out a clear-cut plan for my complete recovery. This was a very different experience from my first shoulder surgery, in a most pleasant way!”

Mrs. Davis’ experience with JOI’s Rehabilitation Department was equally good. Her therapists gave her great confidence and guidance, while at the same time making sessions fun. “The JOI therapists really were just fantastic—I can’t say enough good about them. I actually enjoyed going to therapy with them, and was just a little sad when I ‘graduated’!”

Now Mrs. Davis has resumed all of her normal activities at work and around the house. She recently helped to paint a room and even assisted her husband in installing a ceiling light fixture. “To be able to lift my arms above my head would have been impossible; to be able to do so for an extended period of time, unimaginable. I am beyond grateful to Dr. Steinberg.” When asked if she would refer him to others, Mrs. Davis is quick to respond: “I already have! Dr. Steinberg is a rare doctor who doesn’t make you feel like you’re a number or a dollar sign. You are an individual with real problems who needs help. Of course I am happy to recommend him to anyone.”

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– Leigh Davis