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News » Minnesota Vikings shouldn't fret: Brett Favre would need minor shoulder surgery at worst, specialist says


Minnesota Vikings shouldn't fret: Brett Favre would need minor shoulder surgery at worst, specialist says


Minnesota Vikings shouldn't fret: Brett Favre would need minor shoulder surgery at worst, specialist says
A shoulder specialist at one of the nation's top hospitals for orthopedics said the presumed injury to quarterback Brett Favre's throwing arm shouldn't prevent him from playing again.


"This is a relatively good problem to have, if you're going to have a shoulder problem," said Dr. David Altchek, the co-chief of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "The pain could go away, or (the problem tendon) could tear by itself.

"Worst-case scenario, he would have to have minor surgery," said Altchek, emphasizing that he was providing insight based on the numerous reports about Favre's biceps/shoulder injury. "Otherwise, (the Vikings) should be in good shape. I don't think this is the kind of problem where you say, 'Uh-oh.' "

Altchek is the medical director for the New York Mets, consults with the NBA and previously served as the North American Medical Director for the Association of Tennis Professionals. The Hospital for Special Surgery was rated the top hospital in the nation in orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report in its 2008 "America's Best Hospitals" survey.

On Thursday, ESPN reported that Favre visited renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., regarding healing options for the partially torn right biceps tendon in his throwing shoulder. Andrews and Favre "experimented with one of several exercises that could accelerate the process of the tendon releasing on its own," ESPN reported.

Favre told ESPN in February that he had a partially torn tendon in his left shoulder during his Green Bay Packers tenure and that the pain subsided once it completely tore naturally.

Altchek wasn't sure what exercises Andrews could have suggested to induce a tear of the muscle.

Altchek said surgery might be the best option and the procedure -- called a biceps tenotomy -- is relatively straightforward.

Altchek said Favre would rest and rehab, then slowly begin a regimen to resume throwing.

"It would be six to eight weeks before he would throw again with some zip on the ball," Altchek said. "As far as shoulder things go, that's on the easy side."

Whether Favre could play through the pain would be up to his pain tolerance, Altchek said.

"As a team physician, I wouldn't be worried about this at all," he said.

Favre played well early on for the New York Jets last season. But he was hampered by the shoulder injury late in the season. In his final five starts, he threw nine touchdowns against nine interceptions, including four in a 13-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

For the season, Favre led the league with 22 interceptions, and his passer rating of 81.0 was 21st in the NFL.

The Jets were 1-4 during that key stretch, and they finished a disappointing 9-7 to miss out on the playoffs.



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Added: May 16, 2009

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