I could tell something was wrong the minute he skated for the bench. I could see him holding his shoulder. He tried to lift his arm and he couldn't. The trainer went over to examine his shoulder. It was at that moment I got up from the stands, ran around the rink to the players bench. My heart was pounding, I was freaking out. At first I was told we would have to take Brandon to the ER. After removing his hockey gear, the trainer re-examend his shoulder and said he thought it was just a sprain and there was no need for the ER.
The next day I took Brandon to a Sports Medicine facility. The doctor explained that Brandon has AC Shoulder Separation.
Type 1 = stretching or small tear to the ligament
Type 2 = tear in the ligament
Type 3 = total joint separation
Brandon is between the 2 and 3. He has a severe tear in the ACL, but his collarbone is not separated.
Right now Brandon is in a sling and taking Tylenol for the pain. He also has to put ice on his shoulder for 20 minutes every two hours. I am taking him back to the doctors to get another opinion and find out how long it will take to heal.
As of now, he is out for the remainder of hockey season. Including play offs and The Flyers Cup.
I am so bummed that he cannot play in any of these games. He worked so hard all season only to have one check to the boards end it all.