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Carris Campbell

High school senior at Christ Presbyterian Academy, Carris Campbell, has been playing competitive volleyball for a few years. Early on in her volleyball career during her freshman year, her shoulder started to hurt, “but I didn’t think anything of it, I had heard shoulder pain was common.” She continued to play, and starting around her junior year her shoulder continued to hurt and was affecting her ability to play, “it was hard to hit, hard to serve, and I wasn’t able to do much, which reflected while I was playing.”

After continuous pain, Carris decided to get an MRI to see if there was a deeper issue to her pain, “I didn’t think anything of it before because I had been in physical therapy, and no one had thought it was anything severe.” After getting an MRI at the doctors’ office, they saw that it was a tear in her right shoulder and she would need surgery. That wasn’t great news to hear for Carris because she had just committed to a college to attend on a volleyball scholarship after graduation, so she didn’t take this news lightly and sought a second opinion. “A couple of my friends had also had shoulder issues and surgery, and they had been to Dr. Elrod, who they recommended to me. They kept saying he was great, so I took their advice and went to see Dr. Elrod to get a second opinion.” Dr. Elrod did an MRI and saw that her shoulder had a tear and recommended she have surgery, “I had heard such great stuff about Dr. Elrod, I decided to stay with Elite and get the surgery.”

Carris’ right shoulder surgery was in Spring 2014, and after a month of recovery, was able to start her physical therapy with Daniel Elliot. “Physical therapy was difficult at first, I wasn’t expecting it to be as painful as it was, but after you go through the stretches, you get used to it, and it gets easier. Working with Daniel has been great, he sets a plan for what I should and shouldn’t do, he’s fun and incredibly encouraging through the whole process, and is our voice of reason for if I freak out or worry about scar tissue or if something is wrong, he was very good with calming me down and assuring me everything is normal and it’s going to be ok.”

On a scale of 1-10 for how her ability is playing now compared to before the surgery, “I’d say I’m at an 8 or 9 with how well I can play again. I’m able to do a swing serve, which forces you to have a certain form and technique to hitting that I wasn’t able to do before, and no one knew why, which we know now is due to the tear.”

Elite Sports Medicine is very pleased to hear that even just in practice, Carris has gotten better and is accomplishing hits and serves that she’s never been able to do before. She has signed with a different college and is excited to attend Furman University in Greenville, SC on a volleyball scholarship after graduation.

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