I received a reverse shoulder replacement in May and have made a full speedy recovery. Dr. Miyamoto is my miracle worker and a great surgeon. I first saw him early 2014 with arthritis in my left shoulder. My arm was immobile and painful.
In September, 2012, during travel soccer season of my high school junior year, I started to have severe problems with my left hip. I went to one doctor who performed an x-ray on my hip but nothing showed up. I continued physical therapy but the pain still persisted.
3 days post-op of my ACL reconstruction surgery I started my physical therapy. With hard work I was about 85% back to normal in about 2 months and just needed to continue to strengthen my leg so I could be completely back to normal.
Let me start by saying that Dr. Miyamoto is a great doctor. After spending months going to different doctors and sports medicine specialists who did not really seem to understand my situation and incapable of giving me a diagnosis, Dr. Miyamoto sat down and listened to what I had to say and gave me some options about my problem. It turned out I had a labral tear in my left hip. As a ballerina, hips are quite important because of the wide range of movement required of the body.
Labral Tear and Hip Impingement
Beginning in Spring of 2012, I started having constant pain in my right hip during everyday activities from getting out of the car to lifting my leg. After several recommendations, I went to see Dr. Miyamoto who had a good idea of what was wrong after I first described my symptoms. He sent me in for an MRI and a cortisone injection, which confirmed that I did have a torn labrum in my right hip. When the cortisone injection didn't work, I opted for surgery and in November 2012, and Dr. Miyamoto went in to sand down my hip joint, which was causing the tear, and then repair the labral tears.
I had pain during exercise, especially while playing soccer and dancing. My injury impacted the length of time I could exercise as well as how vigorous the activity could be. While dancing, my flexibility was significantly impacted and I could not hold my leg above 90 degrees without pain. I also had difficulty sitting for more than 30 minutes without discomfort.
Before having hip arthroscopic surgery, I had been in constant pain for well over a year. The pain started in one area and moved to other muscles within the same area. I had seen multiple doctor's before meeting with Dr. Ryan Miyamoto. I was given a variety of muscular skeletal diagnoses, including hernia, groin strain and lower back/SI joint issues. I went to physical therapy, rested a lot and took over the counter pain medications, all of which did nothing to alleviate the pain. After physical therapy proved unsuccessful, I saw Dr. Miyamoto who immediately suspected a labral tear due to the symptoms I was describing. He sent me for further testing, x-rays, an arthrogram and an MRI with dye contrast. All the tests proved that I did have a fairly significant labral tear, along with a CAM Impingement.
Last year I tore my meniscus in my left knee while playing flag football. The pain of feeling the tear was unlike any pain I've ever felt before. I instantly could not walk and knew something was very wrong. My knee was swollen, warm to touch and could not bear weight. Luckily, my friend referred me to Dr. Miyamoto and from the first visit I knew I was in good hands. Dr. Miyamoto conducted his own tests on my knee, asked questions regarding my injury, and came up with a possible diagnosis which was a meniscus tear and he was right (MRI confirmed).
We live a very active lifestyle which has included daily exercise for most of our lives. We are avid runners, including community 5k and 10k races. We are also both regular golfers. Other activities include biking, backpacking and skiing. Golfing and running are also activities we enjoy with our family. Most of our vacations center around one of these activities or more. Through years of activity we each developed labral tears in the hip joint.
In October 2010, I ran the Army 10 miler. I experienced a great pain in my knee around mile 8 and had to hop along to the finish. The next day, I could barely walk - I felt like my running days were over.
About 10 years ago I hurt my back and sprained my hip exercising. The orthopedic surgeon I saw back then, treated my back for about 2 months and told me the hip would heal on its own and to take Ibuprofen when it hurt. After about a year of minor hip pain following the sprain, I returned to the same orthopedic surgeon, who basically told me that the pain was arthritis and I could take over the counter medication to help control it. Although the initial pain in my hip was minor, over the last 10 years it has grown in severity.
Hi Dr. Miyamoto:
I want to thank you again for the wonderful job you did fixing my right shoulder torn rotator cuff. After a dozen years of physical therapy, including a few cortisone shots, and pain that kept me from sleeping a full night for over a year, I am now cured. I can play softball and golf again without pain. My softball throws are farther than ever, and my golf drives are also longer, though I haven't yet figured out how to do either straighter. I am sleeping through the night without waking up with shoulder pain.
I am a Registered Nurse working at a local hospital since 1980 to the present. I have not had Surgery until Right Rotator Cuff Surgery.