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Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down

Posted on October 28, 2019

Crab Orchard Resident Praises Shoulder Replacements 

At 57, Darlene Norris of Crab Orchard has always worked hard. She has exerted herself as a housekeeper, heavily relying Darlene Norrison her body’s mobility to provide and care for her family. Over the years, extreme shoulder pain and discomfort started to bring her down. 

She reflected on her experience and said, “I feel like I have my life back!”

She began to slow down substantially after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, a long-term (chronic) disease that can cause severe inflammation of the joints. 

“It was taking me much longer to do my daily routine,” she confided. “The pain in my shoulder was getting the best of me.”

She decided to make an appointment with an orthopedic physician to help find a solution. She originally met Ashley Reagan, a physician assistant with Cumberland Orthopedics, when Dr. Jon Simpson gave her father a knee replacement. 

“I really valued Ashley’s recommendation. She told me about Dr. Darren Barton, so I made an appointment to see him right away.”

Norris said Dr. Barton was extremely compassionate and an all-around great man. She valued the time he took to listen and care for her.

“He has the latest training with old fashion values and politeness. I immediately felt like he would be able to help me.” 

Dr. Barton is originally from Oakdale. He attended Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine based in Harrogate, TN and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the prestigious Hughston Foundation in Columbus, GA. In 2017, he joined Cumberland Orthopedics with Dr. Jon Simpson in Crossville. 

Dr. Barton recommended Norris have a total shoulder replacement. Given her experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis and the repetitiveness of her shoulder use over the years, the replacement would be an option that could provide relief.

Total shoulder replacement surgery removes diseased or damaged bone in the shoulder and replaces it with an artificial joint. 

Her surgery was scheduled early in the morning at Cumberland Medical Center, and she was discharged the following day with an aggressive physical therapy regimen.

“Everyone at CMC was absolutely wonderful to me,” said Norris. “It wasn’t too long after surgery that I could tell my pain level had greatly subsided. It was such a relief!”

Before long, she found herself using her new shoulder with improved mobility. She remembers how much she dreaded the thoughts of surgery, and now she confesses that it’s probably something she should have done much sooner. 

Because she had overcompensated the use of her good shoulder to make up for the one that was hurt for several years, her other shoulder began giving her trouble. This time, she knew exactly where to turn for help. 

“I recommend Dr. Barton to everyone I meet. He’s helped me regain my mobility in such a caring manner; I want everyone to know that our hometown has an excellent orthopedic team.” 

In addition to reading her mother’s Bible, Norris enjoys spending quality time with her two children and five grandchildren. 

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