South Africaâ€™s Olympic swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh is hoping to avoid surgery over a troublesome shoulder, saying the next two months will be crucial in determining how to resolve the problem.
The 26-year-old has been struggling with pain recently as a result of non-stop competition, his most recent being the SA Short Course Swimming Championships in Pietermaritzburg last week.
â€œItâ€™s as bad as what you see,â€ he said.
â€œA lot of specialists and surgeons want to operate on it the first time they see it, but Iâ€™m taking the rehab route rather.
â€œFor the next six weeks, Iâ€™ll try and relax, lay lower and do a lot of rehab on the shoulder. Itâ€™s more the irritation than the injury. If I can just get rid of that then itâ€™ll be okay.â€
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