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I worked six years for a couple of orthopedic surgeons, one who happened to be the team doctor for the local college athletic teams and another who did a stint with the Minnesota Wild, not to mention the Vikings, Twins and Wolves. I actually had lunch with them yesterday and raised the question on Kane's injury; inquiring what their speculation on recovery even though they know nothing about his specific case. Since his surgery was 5 weeks ago, July 19th, he's right on schedule to get his hard/long cast removed and placed in a splint. Most people wear casts for at least 5-6 weeks after surgery to repair a fracture. And you were so kind to point out that Kane had the best doctors at his availability and also the best physical therapists. If you think that he's been sitting around, doing nothing these past 5 weeks, then you're crazy. My guess is, he's been working on his endurance and his strength training for everything but his left arm. And as soon as that short cast comes off, he'll work non-stop to get the mobility and strength back in his wrist as quickly as possible. Plus, you're also forgetting that Kane is a professional athlete who might be in the best physical condition of his life. He is going to heal quicker than most people because of it. The college athletes that we saw always healed quicker and came back earlier than most because they were young and in great shape. And these were just Division III athletes not a guy getting paid millions to do what Kane does. And your comment that the handling of Kane's injury was "fucked up" is insane. Kane and the team doctors wouldn't risk his long term health if they thought there was something wrong. Did you really expect them to take a hundred xrays when they were all coming back negative? The xrays after the original injury were negative. The xrays after the series against the Canucks came back negative. They only came back positive after Kane had been doing some serious weight training in the off season. So if anything, maybe Kane should have taken a little more time off but why would he have thought he needed to. Everything up to that point was showing him that he was ok. If he wouldn't have been working out and nothing came of the wrist injury he would have gotten shit for not focusing enough and coming back to camp out of shape. I love the fact that he was working out hard this summer. It tells me that he's approaching this season with a renewed focus and dedication! Although this is not a best case scenario for Kane and the Blackhawks, it's hardly the doom and gloom that you're predicting. I'm guessing that he'll participate in camp and he'll be ready to go for opener. And if he's slowed down at all, it'll be 2-3 games to shake the rust off. He'll be fine and I'm predicting a huge year from Kane. He'll be ready and re-focused and ready to prove all you doubters wrong, again.
Funny, but I read this on the Hawks website today. "Kane's wrist still on track: Bowman said star forward Patrick Kane is making good progress in his recovery from a July surgery to repair a scaphoid fracture in his left wrist. Kane isn't able to do on-ice work, but is doing a cardiovascular training regimen. He'll have the wrist re-examined as the start of training camp nears, but for now he remains on par to particpate in camp. "He's doing great," Bowman said. "He's right on schedule. I don't expect any difficulties. I think we'll have him checked once we get closer to the actual start of camp, but so far it's routine and no problems expected. He's doing a lot of cardio-type stuff, so he's staying in shape and he's excited." Kane isn't sure exactly when the injury occured, but said his off-season weight training routine might've led to the need for surgery." I'm gonna tend to listen to the GM over the blogger.
I just kept my mouth shut. I knew that most of what you spewed was a load of bullshit, but I kept my mouth shut. So then today… I'll put this one right next to the "Leddy will play 6 to 10 minutes" prediction. So basically EVERY TIME Kane misses the net ORRRRRRR (at the extreme opposite end of the spectrum) hits the goalie in the chest, you're gonna be telling the world "I TOLD YOU SO!!!" Gotcha. Fucking Brilliant. And regarding your conspiracy theory that all these experts fucked up and the all-knowing YOU knows what truly occurred, scaphoid fractures get overlooked all the time. How do scaphoid fractures occur? Fractures of the scaphoid occur most commonly from a fall on the outstretched hand. Usually it hurts at first, but the pain may improve quickly, over the course of days or weeks. Bruising is rare, and there is usually no visible deformity and only minimal swelling. SINCE THERE IS NO DEFORMITY, MANY PEOPLE WITH THIS INJURY MISTAKENLY ASSUME THAT THEY HAVE JUST SPRAINED THEIR WRIST, LEADING TO A DELAY IN SEEKING EVALUATION. IT IS COMMON FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE FRACTURED THIS BONE TO NOT BECOME AWARE OF IT UNTIL MONTHS OR YEARS AFTER THE EVENT. Diagnosis of scaphoid fractures Scaphoid fractures are most commonly diagnosed by x-rays of the wrist. HOWEVER, WHEN THE FRACTURE IS NOT DISPLACED, X-RAYS TAKEN EARLY MAY APPEAR NEGATIVE. A NON-DISPLACED SCAPHOID FRACTURE COULD THUS BE INCORRECTLY DIAGNOSED AS A "SPRAIN." Source: American Society for Surgery of the Hand http://www.assh.org/Public/HandConditions/Pages/ScaphoidFractures.aspx Maybe you write this way to get hits. Maybe you truly believe in what you write. But while a majority of the blogosphere attempts to educate their readers, you, like a chimp in 2001 A Space Odyssey, and in spite of available information, bang 'em over the head with the bone of an ass.
"Many people with this injury" does *not* apply to million-dollar athletes with entire teams of sports-medicine specialists and infinite technological resources at their disposal. Your argument is moot. With somebody like Kane, on a team like the Blackhawks, you err on the side of caution. You take 100 x-rays if you have to -- obviously they didn't. I stand by my comments. This was bungled, period. I held back my comments then, but not anymore.
So what did you think of Seabrook returning in the playoffs? I *KNEW* he was concussed. He was surrounded by these same "teams of sports-medicine specialists," yet he still played. In fact, YOU wrote that he was concussed, but I didn't see you raise a stink over him returning to the lineup. But Kane, oh that naughty party-happy Kaner, he a different story and an easy target. News flash: Players play through injuries in the playoffs. If Kaner says to the trainer "Hey, my wrist hurts" and they check it out, the X-ray is negative, and it doesn't hurt much at the time, they're not going to check it 100x. If he knew, and the trainers knew, and the organization knew that it was indeed broken, do you really think he would have been lifting weights? That alone renders your "infinite wisdom of the situation" moot. "I held back my comments then, but not anymore." Way to go after the low-hanging fruit - when it was already laying on the ground - passed out drunk in some Betty's apartment obviously.