Friday, 28 September 2012
The verdict? Frozen shoulder - "a chronic fibrosing condition in which the fibroblast cells become overactive and lay down abnormally thick layers of collagen causing a marked thickening of the shoulder joint capsule." Apparently.
Options? Continued physio and painkillers in the hope that it goes away, failing which I may have to go under the knife. Happy Birthday to me.
It’s almost certainly yet another sign of me getting on a bit – and I’ve just realised where I went wrong. Unlike All Black captain St. Richie of McCaw, I was never granted a season-long sabbatical (a rest period he apparently needs to have any chance of playing in the 2015 RWC).
Personally I remain unconvinced that St. Richie's plan will work – after all, arguably I did manage a 14-season sabbatical between 1994 and 2007 and yet have never featured in a World Cup....go figure.