My name is Ernie Taylor I am a professional bodybuilder by trade, I also write a monthly column on training and nutrition in the flex magazine. I have had shoulder problems since 1994, I searched high and low for a top surgeon but wasn't so successful as my first surgery was in 1997 and so to speak it wasn't very good.
I was recommended to Dr Duncan Learmonth in 1999, my career was on the line as I could no longer be active in the sport, and shoulders were so bad I had problems clothing myself; I went from bodybuilder to invalid. Mr Learmonth operated on my left shoulder in April 1999, and then the right shoulder in July 1999.
To cut a long story short I was back to lifting weights within 6 months of surgery, I felt great shoulder were fantastic it was as if I was touched by the hand of God so to speak, I became competitive once again and by no time I was ranked No 1 in Europe and top 8 in the world.
4th July 2004 I was in a motor cycle road traffic accident where my shoulder didn't take kindly to the kerb, giving me an 8 cm tear of the supraspinatus and Infraspinatus. I was once again in search of Dr Learmonth as the previous 5 yrs my shoulders have been 100%, by the 8th July Dr Learmonth got me in through a cancellation just before he went away on a 2 week vacation, and to be quite honest I would have waited with the pain for him to return before seeing anyone else.