With wide-eyed young basketball campers watching his every move and looking to him to learn the ins and outs of playing basketball, Ryan Borowicz simply can’t be in pain. “When you’re in pain it saps your energy. And with what I do for a living, I can’t have that,” he says. “It takes all of my energy to be on the court for 14 hours a day with kids. And every kid I’m with needs a hundred percent.”
Ryan is the owner of The Driveway, home to Ryan Borowicz Basketball, a basketball academy where kids learn basketball skills, as well as the value of hard work, perseverance, and overcoming adversity. A basketball player at Ashwaubenon high school, the #3 career-high 3-point shooter at UW-Green Bay, and a former professional player overseas, Ryan knows basketball. He also knows that he can’t teach basketball and give the kids his best if he is in pain.
But when Ryan tore the labrum in his right shoulder, he initially just dealt with the pain. “There were very specific movements where I could feel it,” he says. But with his job, the wear and tear from playing so much over the years and continuing to take hundreds of shots a day with the same motion, it just got worse. Ryan knew he had to do something about it.
Ryan sought out OSMS. “They understood I needed to get back to a level of not just activity, but excellence. It mattered to my doctor to get me back to a hundred percent. And when you feel that, there’s a peace and understanding that, ‘Okay, I’m in good hands. I’m in the right place.’”
After a successful surgery and rehabilitation, Ryan is back on the court doing what he loves. “I don’t have any limitations or hindrances. From an activity standpoint on the court, my day-to-day job, there’s nothing that limits me. I sleep normally, I rough house with my kids. I’m doing the things I want to do, and I do it without pain.”
Seeing someone local was important to Ryan. “There’s just something about when you go to someone local; the quality of care I knew was going to be there as opposed to being just another patient in another one of their [medical facility] buildings.” Ryan explains, “The experience a lot of people have with doctors right now is quick. It’s in, it’s out, on to the next one. With my doctor, he sat down, he looked me in the eye, he wanted to hear my story. To have your doctor look you in the eye and to empathize with you…that’s really important,” he states.
“I’m back. Thanks to OSMS.”