March 1, 2017
In Part 2 of Dr. Romeo’s Living Healthy Chicago episode, Dr. Romeo discusses how he helped a firefighter with an on-the-job shoulder injury. Dr. Romeo helped Ed Overland, a firefighter who suffered an injury to his rotator cuff, get back to his life-saving work — in other words, Dr. Romeo helped Ed so Ed could help others.
See how Dr. Romeo successfully treated him utilizing minimally invasive shoulder surgery so Ed could return to his day-to-day life and passions. Don’t forget to check out Part 1 and Part 3 of the Living Healthy Chicago episode featuring Dr. Romeo if you missed either one!
A rotator cuff tear is a common shoulder injury that can happen during even the most routine activities — whether your job involves manual labor or less strenuous shoulder movement. Ed Overland, a firefighter in Oak Park, Illinois, suffered an on-the-job rotator cuff injury due to the strains of his work. As he was reloading a fire hose, an activity he has done numerous times before, he experienced a burst of pain that lasted about 60-90 seconds. As he tried to reload another fire hose, the pain flared up again. He knew something was wrong, and fearing his injury would worsen over time, he quickly sought help.
Ed contacted Dr. Romeo and was able to have his shoulder examined and the injury was properly diagnosed as a rotator cuff tear. Dr. Romeo discovered that Ed had suffered tears to three of the rotator cuff tendons and determined the injury would require surgery. The surgery was done arthroscopically to minimize damage to normal tissue and help Ed get back to his day-to-day living as quickly as possible.
Ed noticed the pain was gone the first day after the surgery. He returned to full use of his shoulder and arm within the prescribed recovery time. After just 6 months of recovery, Ed was back fighting fires without missing a step.
Ed initially sought out Dr. Romeo because of his reputation, but he found that it was really Dr. Romeo’s positivity and personal attention that made Ed feel at ease. “I’m glad I went to Dr. Romeo,” Ed told Living Healthy Chicago. “I think he’s a very good doctor. I would recommend him to anybody.”
If you think you’ve suffered a shoulder or elbow injury at work, seek treatment as soon as possible to minimize your recovery time. Contact Romeo Orthopaedics online today to schedule a consultation.