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77-Year old Sheffield man gets back in the ‘swing’ in time for World Golf Month

June 23rd 2014

Local golfer Garfield Siberry has got his swing back on Hallamshire Golf Course in a record breaking one-month after suffering a shoulder injury.

Unlike previous treatments where his recovery has taken over a year, this time Garfield was back with his 9-iron in time to celebrate World Golf Month with his buddies.

It was while moving a wardrobe upstairs to his new home in Crosspool last November that Garfield felt an almighty tear in his shoulder. Having suffered from frozen shoulders in the past, he sought treatment from his GP.

Speaking about it he said, “I was worried the injury to my shoulder would mean I couldn’t play golf anymore. However, with just one treatment I was back on the course the next day.”

A retired schoolteacher, Garfield has been an avid sportsman throughout his life and experienced his fair share of sporting injuries, including a broken vertebra in his neck while at rugby training. He’s since moved away from contact sports and now tees off at Hallamshire Golf Club several times a week instead.

When it came to the choice of where to go for his treatment, it was the grandfather of nine’s golfing buddies who highly recommended the Barlborough Treatment Centre near Chesterfield. Between them they had experienced a collection of hip and knee replacements at the facility.

More than 97 per cent of former patients also agreed having said they would recommend the Care UK treatment centre to their family or friends. No cases of hospital acquired MRSA free parking and the shortest local wait time of nine and a half weeks from referral to treatment added to Barlborough’s appeal.

“My surgeon had expert knowledge and knew exactly where to put the needle in my back to cure my frozen shoulder. He told me what was happening as he undertook the procedure and explained it to me in layman’s terms.”

Care UK Orthopedic surgeon John Va Faye said although Garfield’s overnight recovery is quite rare, there are several tips that can help other keen golfers to get back into their swing quickly.

“If you suspect you have a frozen shoulder, the key is to get help early. The earlier you seek medical advice, the quicker you receive treatment and from what I’ve seen, the quicker the recovery.”

Despite some patients requiring surgery, Mr Va Faye said just like Garfield many can overcome their injuries through less drastic measures.

“Other points are to remain active, undergo joint injections, take anti-inflammatories and attend physiotherapy. Most cases respond to these treatments well without the need for surgery.”

Now back in his A-game competing in tournaments, it seems whatever the injury, nothing is going to keep Garfield away from the golf course for too long.

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