Rotator Cuff issue

landlocked

Active Member
Full thickness tear here. 4.5 hour surgery. Did the shots for 7-8 months prior. Finally opted for surgery and pt. 9 years later my single hand casting is better than before injury. Disciplined in keeping my elbow quiet. But I throw a ball like a a five year old girl.
 

Sportsman

Active Member
I tore a ligament in the supraspinatus area. Fell backwards and caught myself with my arm outstretched behind me. Tough area to repair: think of a slim slice of bacon shredded on the side. I'm a -1.0 slope shoulder. After an MRI the surgeon I trusted the most said forget repairing it, but we'll grind the underside of the shoulder. It allowed the ligament to build up scar tissue. The next day I was in moderate pain, but had mobility like I was 20 years younger. Still going strong 35 years later. Everyone's is different and the shoulder is a bitch to repair.
 

Shawn Seeger

(aka. wabowhunter)
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Ok so I am 3 months after surgery, been following the surgeons schedule to a T ... Been doing PT at ATI.

Now a question for you guys... Do or did guys that had surgery have a noisy crunchy sounds in your shoulder during rehab? How long did it continue?

Thanks
(PS for those that have asked, recovery is going well, of course just not far enough. But following the rules, hoping for fishing end of September.)
 

quilbilly

Big Time Hater
A bit of crunchy stuff, but primarily in the beginning.
The sound can be caused by several things as I recall, so be sure and talk with your surgeon/ Pt folks and get it on your chart.
 

Buzzy

Active Member
Ok so I am 3 months after surgery, been following the surgeons schedule to a T ... Been doing PT at ATI.

Now a question for you guys... Do or did guys that had surgery have a noisy crunchy sounds in your shoulder during rehab? How long did it continue?

Thanks
(PS for those that have asked, recovery is going well, of course just not far enough. But following the rules, hoping for fishing end of September.)
Shawn - glad that you're coming along and doing things right. What does you physical therapist say about the "crunchin'" noise? Get well!!
 

surfnfish

Active Member
those sounds are typical of scarring adhesions....carried a partial tear for a decade that went full tear at 66 while rag dolled surfing some size...full year of rehab before back to swimming laps and surfing...that first 6 weeks post-op strapped into that friggin sling...words alone don't convey
 

Shawn Seeger

(aka. wabowhunter)
WFF Supporter
those sounds are typical of scarring adhesions....carried a partial tear for a decade that went full tear at 66 while rag dolled surfing some size...full year of rehab before back to swimming laps and surfing...that first 6 weeks post-op strapped into that friggin sling...words alone don't convey
Thanks, I figured something like that. PT people have put it in the records and I have a follow up with surgeon in August. PT people have said for some people it is permanent and other said it will sorry quite down.

@surfnfish you are so correct! That sling SUCKS!! I hope to never wear it again. The thing I found out was several weeks in Dr. said I could go without for a couple hours a day... Then I dropped my phone and instinctively my hand and arm shot out to catch it... I almost threw up and did go to my knees in pain... So I wore that sling constant for a few more weeks, then put my hands in pants pocket whenever not in sling.
 

surfnfish

Active Member
Thanks, I figured something like that. PT people have put it in the records and I have a follow up with surgeon in August. PT people have said for some people it is permanent and other said it will sorry quite down.

@surfnfish you are so correct! That sling SUCKS!! I hope to never wear it again. The thing I found out was several weeks in Dr. said I could go without for a couple hours a day... Then I dropped my phone and instinctively my hand and arm shot out to catch it... I almost threw up and did go to my knees in pain... So I wore that sling constant for a few more weeks, then put my hands in pants pocket whenever not in sling.
yea, we've all been there..docs impress so strongly just how delicate the repair is, leave us scared we'll rip it again...

cannot judge the final outcome of RC repair until after a full year of healing and dedicated home PT program....and say goodby to heavier weights and pushups forever if sensible...once released for swimming, usually after 6 months, the pool a great way to regain full range of motion and shoulder mobility

incurred a full detached left pec snowboarding out of bounds in 2001..6 week in sling followed by 6 months of rehab...thought nothing could be a harder recovery...rotator repair proved me wrong..
 

quilbilly

Big Time Hater
Rotator cuff surgery had me down for 7 months, and the worst part of many tough weeks of sleeping in a chair, the sling etc. was knowing that it was a sure thing I'd be needing the other one done someday.
Lol
That was 2014, I still need that other one done...
 

snarlac

Active Member
HA! I've had 2 rotator cuff injuries, same right shoulder. 1st one, 50% tear, took 2+ years to heal, multiple steroid injections, years of PT, lasted 20 years then hurt it again. Only a year to rehab 2nd tear, no steroids, only PT. Strong now. Sets of 12 pullups, no pain doing anything. Never had surgery. BTW, if considering surgery, ask about success rate.
 

hookedonthefly

Active Member
I have had just about every neuromusculoskeletal injury you can come up with. Right now dealing with a partial tear of the scapholunate ligament (4 months); but, slowly but surely better. This body has not been treated kindly.
1) Fellowship trained upper extremity specialist consult with specific orthopedic interest in shoulders
2) Physical therapy first...bad sprains/tears can take 8-12 months to recover to a decent/good degree
3) Not into corticosteroid injections personally and the documentation supports such
4) Do not slack on the recommended physical therapy recommendations and regimen
5) Physical therapist should have special interest in shoulders. I personally prefer CHT (certified hand therapist)
Hope you do recover and recover well.
Ed
 
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wetswinger

Active Member
After 3yrs. of recovery from surgery, here are some observations. It's hard to realize you can't do all the things as vigorously as in the past. You really need to watch how much weight you lift. Pretty much all my post surgery pain is from over use. Helping the kids move is great but don't be the hero dad and hurt yourself. Keep stretching daily and keep active. Your not going to be your old studly self, so except it, cool your jets and live with it.
 

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