Dwight Howard advised surgery not necessary on right shoulder

Dwight Howard was advised in a doctor visit on Wednesday that surgery isn’t necessary to treat a torn labrum on his right shoulder. Howard consulted with Dr. James Tibone of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Group before vowing he’d

Whether Howard resigns with the Lakers remains another issue. But Howard’s visit with Dr. James Tibone of the Kerlan Orthopaedic Group marked the first step in his vow to ensure he spends this offseason fully recovering from the torn labrum in his right shoulder and a surgically repaired back.

Howard originally injured his shoulder Jan. 4 against the Clippers only to aggravate it a week later against Denver. He sat out for six games to prevent the shoulder from worsening, a decision that prompted both Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni and Kobe Bryant suggested Howard should play through it. Howard took offense to such an assertion considering the long-term implications an injured shoulder could provide only months after coming off of back surgery.

Howard averaged 17.1 points and a league-high 12.4 rebounds, but those numbers marked his lowest since the 2006-07 season. Howard attributed that dropoff mostly to the decreased conditioning stemmed from his back surgery and the persistent soreness his shoulder felt after contact.

Howard wore a Posture Shirt, manufactured by Santa Ana-based company Alignmed, which balanced his muscle and shoulder joints together. That made it easier for Howard to absorb contact. Although he reported improvement in his shoulder as the season progressed, Howard conceded he still felt pain during and after games.

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  • Too bad. He is a great player. I hope he recovers soon… Great site and good summary.