I'm the guy who posted the angry letter on my blog to all the docs, and I'm not here to apologize, or even to troll (even though in some sense I want to because some of you guys really anger me). I won't link to my site because I'm not here to incite things (matter of fact, as far as I'm concerned my blog is now dead), I just want to make my perspective clear and share my opinion on a few things.
Albert, you mentioned something in a previous post that seemed to be a deragatory comment towards my getting 3 surgeries in 21 months. Do you feel I did something wrong in that? You seemed to include me in a group of "undesireables", which I would understand if you simply felt I was in bad taste with my blog post. However, trust me, while the three surgery thing seems insane it was really more like 2 surgeries than three. But thats an aside, I really want to talk about other things in this post.
Again, Albert, congrats on getting better. That is good, and within your situation I'd say Meyers or Muschaweck would have served you well. My whole "they screwed me over" thing wouldn't apply to you since the symptoms of your situation were so extreme. However, this whole "grin and bear it" crap is just as ridiculous (to me, at least, but its been obvious to me for a while that I see things differently than nearly everyone else) as Surfs incessent random, non-linear search for the sports hernia fountain of youth. I especially despise Waves2ya's perspective of "well, it just may take you six years to recover, or you just might not recover at all, too bad... but these doctors are AWESOME"
Hear is what I think is clearly the truth on "sports hernia's". First: once you really get it, you will never REALLY recover from it. I know that seems deragatory, but it's not. Meyers or Muschaweck can repair it to a certain extent, but once the area is initially busted; its busted forever. Having said that, this is not doom and gloom for all you 35-65 year olds or post-collegiates who want to do some weekend running or some less intense training.
I'm terribly angry at Meyers, Mushcaweck, and even more angry at some Stevens guy in Indy. Having said that, my honest opinion on Surf is that you should go see either Meyers or Muschaweck. They would prolly be able to fix you to the extent that you want/need to be fixed (assuming you have a legitimate sports hernia in the sense that they recognize it). You can strengthen your whole trunk, your pelvis, you could strengthen it all but it won't change some of the internal problems with the tendons (although I never got a chance to exploit the shockwave or platelet injections, so those might be a viable option as well but they have less documented "success" than the surgeries).
The docs (Meyers, Muschaweck, Brown if he isn't retired, perhaps even one or two of those english guys like Gilmore) can repair sports hernias so that the people who are terribly debilitated can get back to relative normalcy, and they can repair some AP's (like Owens) for short term/immediate recovery back to the field. What they can't do is fix it for real. Owens already had to secretly go back to Muschaweck for a quick repair. My money would be that most of the guys Muschaweck see's will inevitably have a regression a year or two after seeing her and have to see her again or retire. Maybe I shouldn't make that assumption without more deep research on athlete history, but thats just my opinion based on my experience.
Once you develop this problem, you apparently permanently have a glass ceiling on your head and if you try to pass that barrier through physical exertion, you will regress yourself.
So a bedridden 50 year old can see Meyers or Muschaweck (between the two, I'd say Muschaweck, but many people seem to really like Meyers) and within six weeks not be bed ridden anymore and start considering exercise again. However, an elite athlete who really gets this will either have to adjust their game so that they dont' hurt themselves (McNabb is a pocket QB now, although his age might have something to do with that, too, or look at Drew Gooden though he hasn't had surgery yet) or they will keep reinjuring the groin regardless of the rehab or surgery they do.
I mean look at Grant Hill now, he is actually still surviving in the NBA. But he doesn't move like he used to, either. That has a TON to do with age, but thats actually to his advantage; he isn't 24 anymore and he doesn't have the ability to jump from the foul line and dunk, so he doesn't ask his body to even try that anymore. Avoid the full extensions, strains, and sudden contractions and a Grant Hill can get back on the court and get 12-4-4 a night. But he has a physical glass ceiling on himself now BESIDES his age (at least this my opinion/theory).
So as a bedridden fellow recovering from this, my personal recomendation is to extend yourself very conservatively once you feel really, really well. Do the whole "hiking" type active stuff. Play like ONE game of basketball every month, or something like that. If you overextend yourself, regardless of how well you feel, you'll break that glass ceiling and regress again.
My whole point is that you can help yourself with this injury. I acknowledge that. Prior to my 100m Dash attempt I was full squatting over 300lbs in my rep workouts. In many cases I was prolly about as strong as I'd ever really been and I was as fully healed as I could possibly be. The second I tried to do something above my glass ceiling (introducing any kind of serious high speed velocity to the pelvis), it all fell apart.
I don't think a full year of any kind of rehab will ever get my tendons to behave, adapt, and respond properly to run the way I have to, so I'm screwed (thus my last blog post). However, if I was a 45 year old who wanted to run some 5k's, Meyers and Muschaweck would have helped me, and the Core-X work and various rehab schemes I've been through would be of use to me.
But my ability to exert myself again through the pelvis to run a 10.2 again, and to go faster, is no longer possible and was never going to be possible again after I hurt myself real bad in 2007. Meyers claimed that if it all went well, I'd get back, but I think that is either a lie, or a misunderstanding of his own research. 90% of his athletes get back to their previous level of play? Well, if you count Grant Hill and Donovan Mcnabb or Nomar Garcipara getting back to their previous level of play, thats true. But they adjusted. Nomar was no longer a shortstop. McNabb stays in the pocket. They returned to their sport, but they did not return to their personal level of athletic abilities.
I'll acknowledge that without Meyers they all would have retired rather than continue earning the paychecks they do and still providing skills of value to their respective teams. However, I feel that "90%" stat is like the guy asking for the "Car Fax" and the car dealer saying, "oh, you want CAR FLAPS? Or CAR MAPS?".
Which is why all the things I said in the letter in my blog I still stand by, and why the whole "grin and bear it, you have no one to blame but yourself, stay positive" BS bothers me as much as Surf bothers you, Albert (but Surfs posts bother me too, ha, Surf you try to grab thin air too much, thats all). I get angry because I have the physical capability to run faster, but I can't access that ability anymore because of a non-catastrophic strangely misunderstood chronic pain issue (or maybe it is understood, but they just can't fix it properly yet).
From my perspective, life sucks because I'm getting screwed, but for an average joe or perhaps a weekend warrior I think an above average PT and some cuts by Meyers or Muschaweck would do well for them. And for the bed ridden folks, it would do wonders.
On an aside, if anyone is still reading, Albert have you had your hips checked? I know you said you have two torn labrums, but I don't know if you've had them repaired.