Health Beat - Fall 2019 - 12

Back
in Play
High school athlete returns
to competition after
shoulder surgery
By Meghan Klaassen

D

Pop, it's out; pop, it's
back in.
Brody Vance, then a
Minneapolis High School freshman,
entertained his teammates with a
newly acquired antic: dislocating his
right shoulder and relocating it at will.
Since his arm still functioned and his
shoulder always went back into place,
Brody wasn't concerned until track
season, when it proved to be considerably sore.
"He really didn't have any problem
shooting hoops during basketball," says
Janice Vance, Brody's mother. "But it
bothered him to throw the javelin."
Patricia Barker Little, M.D., of
COMCARE-Minneapolis, examined Brody's shoulder. Despite a

normal-looking X-ray, she referred the
Vances to Timothy Hawkes, D.O., of
Salina Regional Orthopedic and Sports
Medicine Clinic, for further evaluation.

A Thorough Investigation
Advanced 3D X-ray images at the
orthopedic clinic also appeared normal, leading Hawkes to look even
closer through magnetic resonance
imaging, or MRI. Detailed images of

Above: The Vance
family, from left to
right: Shelby, Brody,
Darin and Janice.
Left: Arm immobilized,
Brody took care of his
shoulder and his team,
attending all practices
and games in 2018.

Brody's soft tissue came back to unveil
three tears on every side of his labrum,
a thick band of tissue surrounding the
shoulder socket that keeps the joint
from slipping out of place.
Injuries like Brody's can sometimes
heal with prompt treatment, but the
MRI images also revealed an excessive

Home-Field Advantage Starts Here!
Timothy Hawkes, D.O., has a strong reputation for sports medicine and orthopedic care in north
central Kansas. His skilled team includes sports medicine physician Matthew Pyle, D.O., physician
assistants Corey Harp and Nathan Kasting, nurse practitioner Sadie Teixeira and four athletic
trainers, Evan Bowers, Eric Jusko, Abe Noll and Holly VanCleave. Ask your doctor for a referral to
Salina Regional Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic, or call 785-452-7366 for more information.

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