|1/21/01- Spell's Return is Successful
has had no hand pain since his full return to the men's basketball
team. He has played in 8 games since his return from hand surgery
on 12/9/00. The team has gone 5-3 since the return of their point
guard. James has averaged 31 minutes per game and 9.3 pts, 2.9 rebounds,
and 2.6 assists and is shooting 78% from the free throw line. His
hand evaluation is just about completely normal. He still has a
very slight extension lag of his 5th finger, which we expect to
remain. James will continue rehab 3x's / week for the next two weeks
and we then anticipate his rehabilitation to be complete.
|12/11/00- Spell Returns Ahead of Schedule
|James Spell returned to the basketball court ahead
of schedule on Saturday 12/9. Spell played in the game against New
Jersey City University at point guard and contributed to the 80-73
win. We expected him to return to full practice on 12/11 and play
in the first game of the spring semester on January 5th. But James
made excellent progress over the past two weeks since his last vistit
to Dr. Baker. He had a return of a normal ROM for his 4th and 5th
fingers (we expect him to have a few degree extension lag in his
5th finger), and his strength level was just about equal to his
uninvolved hand. James has been rehabing 5 days per week and doing
double rehab sessions two days per week. During this period his
rehab focused on wrist strengthening and hand/ finger strength.
He had been working on shooting and dribbling drills during this
two week process. He returned to full practice for the first time
on Friday 12/8. James will continue his rehab 5 days/ week for the
remainder of the semester.
|11/16/00- Spell has Wrist Splint Removed
returned to the physican on Monday 10/13 and his wrist splint was
replaced with a small hand splint shown in the photo. This allowed
us to begin active range of motion (AROM) and passive range of motion
(PROM) exercises on his wrist, hand, and fingers just two weeks
after surgery. Presently he is having the most difficulty with his
5th finger extension, and to a lesser degree his 4th finger extension.
These fingers were immobilized for two weeks after surgery. He returns
to Dr. Baker on 11/20, and we anticipate the pin will be removed.
This will allow us to step up his rehab program.
|10/26/00- Spell Fractures Hand and Requires Surgery
|During practice on Thursday morning James fell on
his left hand after going for a rebound. After the injury he was
evaluated by the Stockton athletic training staff, and a fracture
was suspected. He was immediately iced and immobilized. James was
referred to the Mainland Division of the Atlantic City Medical Center
(ACMC) for emergency room treatment. He was diagnosed with a fractured
5th metacarpal. He also fractured this bone in the spring of 1999.
He was then evaluated by Dr. John Baker and it was determined that
because the fracture was angulated to about 60 degrees he would
require surgery and pinning of the bone for optimum results. The
surgery was completed on Friday morning and a pin was successfully
inserted. James was home by 1pm on Friday. We expect him to be out
of basketball for about 5-6 weeks. We anticipate he will be removed
from his cast/splint in about 3 weeks, and he will then begin rehabilitation
on his hand. Spell fractured his left hand which is also his dominant
and shooting hand.
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