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Stewart details finger problems

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

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    Stewart details finger problems


    So bent out of shape was the middle finger on his left hand, Manly team-mate Jason King almost brought up his dinner and had to leave the table after looking at it as the pair sat down to eat late last season.

    "Round 1 (last year) I dislocated it and did a bit of damage to the tendons. I had surgery straight after that and had seven weeks off. I came back and about two weeks after I re-did it," Stewart explained during a visit to Manly's Royal Far West home, where he is an ambassador.

    "Pretty much for the rest of the year it was dislocated. It was the wrong part of the year to have more time off and rehab it. So I did a bit more damage playing with it."

    After watching King struggle to hold down his food, Stewart knew he needed to act, not only to save his football career but to improve his quality of life.

    He sought out renowned Sydney orthopaedic surgeon Dr Mark Perko, who came up with an innovative proposal – a prosthetic first knuckle to replace the badly damaged original.

    "I wasn't in very good shape at all. The joint was pretty badly corroded," Stewart said.

    "I couldn't even hold my new baby. It was locked up like a swan neck and I couldn't bend it, it was hyper extended.

    "It's a fake joint (they've put in) ... half ceramic, half plastic.

    "It was a pretty hard road back. I had my hand in plaster up to my elbow. I didn't think they would get it back to where it was."

    Asked what the scenario would have been had surgery failed, Stewart was only half joking when he replied: "Chop it off, maybe."

    Enter hand therapist Heather Taylor. She headed Stewart's rehab plan, helping him to re-learn basic handling techniques.

    "I was seeing her three times a week for months. Because everything had been stuck out of place for so long it had to be taught again," Stewart said.

    "There was no grip strength. But between Doctor Perko and Heather they have done an amazing job to get it back to where it is."

    But just when Stewart thought he'd overcome one problem, another one arose.

    An old knee complaint flared during off-season training, forcing him to go in for more surgery and delay his start to the season.

    The representative back-rower won't play until at least Round 7 and possibly longer.

    "At the end of the season I had a knee operation, just a clean-out," Stewart said.

    "Then rehabbing back before Christmas I was on target but couldn't get past a certain point.

    "I managed to do a bit more training and went in to get another operation three-and-a-half weeks ago.

    "It was a lot of hard work to get back and to be starting from scratch again was pretty frustrating.

    "I've been in the wars a bit but everything feels great now.

    "I can't wait to get back out there."
  2. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Fingers crossed ( pardon the pun Gift) that you are over these difficulties and get back to 100% of your abilities. It certainly now explains his form last year. In fact remarkable how he managed to play at all through these problems. Inspirational how some people can push on through pain barriers. Hopefully a big 2nd half of 2013 for Gifty.
  3. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    Poor bugger, take the time you need mate I'd rather have a fit Gifty from July on that a 1/3 fit one all year
  4. Hamster Huey

    Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

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    He could've just taken the Daniel Chick option. Extreme but gets him back on the field quickly, prevents further problems with it and stops putting Kingy off his meal.
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    • manlyfan76

      manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Mat Rogers had a pinkie removed this year that had been previously damaged during his career.
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      • Budgewoi Eagle

        Budgewoi Eagle In for the long haul. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        So I read this forum all the time and love the thought that I'm occasionally getting some inside info from those who profess to be close to the team and no-one mentions the really nasty state of this finger when everyone is bemoaning Glenn's loss of form. Seriously? OK. I get it. We're just fans and no-one knows nuthin!
        Got it.
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        • AshfieldBazza

          AshfieldBazza Active Member

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          An All Black by the name of Red Conway had his finger amputated in 1960 so could tour South Africa, had broken it playing Softball and it wasn't going to heal in time for the tour to SA so he had it cut off. That's commitment!!
        • The Eagle Has Landed

          The Eagle Has Landed Well-Known Member

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          Can't wait to see you back on the field Gifty. Hope you have a speedy recovery.
        • globaleagle

          globaleagle Je saisis mon chapeau. Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          Yeah! Wot he said!

          And get well soon Glenn.
        • Masked Eagle

          Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

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          So no one else is concerned that a funny looking finger causes our co-captain and enforcer to almost throw up? Toughen up Kingy! ;)
        • manlyfan76

          manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          Was it in his throat?

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