The is good news and bad news from Spurs backup point guard Patty Mills' rotator cuff injury, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
The good news, according to Dr. David Gonzalez, who is an expert in rotator cuff injuries at the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group, is that Mills will be fully recovered after undergoing surgery and rehabilitation from the injury.
The bad news, the recovery will take six to nine months.
"People generally get full use and full function," he said. "Athletes do very well. He should do quite well once he heals up."
Dr. Gonzalez says the rotator cuff is essentially what makes the arms move in the shoulder sockets.
"This is a term given to a set to the muscles that are around the shoulder joint. The shoulder has a ball and socket joint. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that goes all the way around. It helps stabilize your shoulder, makes your shoulder work, and it gives you the fine control you need."
He says the Australian player probably injured the rotator cuff gradually, during the course of the season.
"It can get pinched, and repetitive trauma over and over can start wearing it down."
Dr. Gonzalez says it is important to make sure Mills gives it enough time to fully recover.
"We have folks start their motion right away, but to get the coordination and strength that the rotator cuff needs to function, especially at a high level, is going to take several months."
Dr. Gonzalez says Mills will not feel any pain around the rotator cuff and he should retain his full muscle function.
"He should do fine the rest of his life," Gonzalez said.