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Not sure how you tear a rotator cuff rolling over in bed but I did. At least that's what the doc thinks is wrong with my shoulder, have MRI scheduled next week.

Anyone ever had this problem, how is treatment and recovery?


This is a pain in the ass injury, I need my arm to do shit.
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SkipG wrote:
Not sure how you tear a rotator cuff rolling over in bed but I did. At least that's what the doc thinks is wrong with my shoulder, have MRI scheduled next week.

Anyone ever had this problem, how is treatment and recovery?


This is a pain in the ass injury, I need my arm to do shit.

Treatment was either surgery or rehab and surgery if I needed it later (I still haven't needed it). Throwing motion is pretty much a no no still.
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my daughter tore her labrum when she was 15. she was a swimmer. it sucked. she had to have surgery then rehab. it was incredibly painful. she had her arm in a pillow sling for 8 weeks.

hope you dont have to go through that.




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SkipG wrote:
Not sure how you tear a rotator cuff rolling over in bed but I did. At least that's what the doc thinks is wrong with my shoulder, have MRI scheduled next week.

Anyone ever had this problem, how is treatment and recovery?


This is a pain in the ass injury, I need my arm to do shit.

Everyone needs a free hand to hold a Twinkie while watching porn.

I had a micro tear from slamming sideways into a car on a training ride back in the early '90's. While that ride home hurt, it was the following weeks that it would remind me "hey, I'm still here". I don't remember having an MRI back then, because I had an orthopedic doc client who was big into cycling that made the diagnosis. Because it was micro, he said there really wasn't much he or I could do (surgery or rehab). Eventually, it healed, but not after a week of restless sleep (happened on side I like to sleep) and a few painful training rides.
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Re: rotator cuff tear [SkipG] [ In reply to ]
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Too many variables, starting with if it's torn and how big the tear is to make much of a prognosis.
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veganerd wrote:
my daughter tore her labrum when she was 15. she was a swimmer. it sucked. she had to have surgery then rehab. it was incredibly painful. she had her arm in a pillow sling for 8 weeks.

hope you dont have to go through that.

Was she the butterfly expert on her team or was it an injury from too much front crawl? I ask because I am a former swimmer, had my left labrum stitched back together last year, and am a bit cautious about getting back into really big swim sets.

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Re: rotator cuff tear [drew_235] [ In reply to ]
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drew_235 wrote:
veganerd wrote:
my daughter tore her labrum when she was 15. she was a swimmer. it sucked. she had to have surgery then rehab. it was incredibly painful. she had her arm in a pillow sling for 8 weeks.

hope you dont have to go through that.

Was she the butterfly expert on her team or was it an injury from too much front crawl? I ask because I am a former swimmer, had my left labrum stitched back together last year, and am a bit cautious about getting back into really big swim sets.

front crawl/freestyle. she was swimming ij practice ine day and felt it pop. she said it hurt but she didnt make a huge deal out if it and she had a tendency to exaggerate pain from time to time so we didnt take it seriously for a couple days before bringing her to get it checked out. it became clear to her dr really quickly and the mri confirmed the tear.

her surgery went so well and had such clear pictures that the surgeon asked to use her case to present at conferences. she thought that was cool.




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Re: rotator cuff tear [SkipG] [ In reply to ]
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I had a partial tear(had MRI) back when I was just starting Tris. No surgery but a lot of therapy and Advil. After the inflammation went away we mostly concentrated on strengthening the muscles to support the area. They didn't let me swim for a couple months but then said it would be good for me. Did a 1/2 iron about 4 months later and been swimming ever since. I sometimes get a little soreness there but that just reminds me to do some shoulder exercises.

At first I couldn't lift my arm above 90 degrees with out severe pain. Also, happened during a bike accident.


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Re: rotator cuff tear [SkipG] [ In reply to ]
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I had the surgery years ago. Went great, arm was unusable for a good six weeks, but after pt, just about perfect.

Make sure your surgeon as done a thousand of these ops and you'll be golden.
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My wife bike crashed and completely severed her rotator cuff. Surgery with metal pins then that sling 24/7 for about 8 weeks. She's been doing PT about 2 hours a day since about - 9 months. Her shoulder is still very weak but she's getting stronger. Whenever we see any soul in that god awful sling we cringe
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I'm hoping I won't need surgery, still not 100% sure what is causing the pain until MRI this week. Its weird, had a little pain/weakness in the shoulder for about a week knew something was wrong but it was tolerable. Then I go 4 days where I can't use my right arm at all it hurt too much to lift, wife had to help me get dressed for a few days. Now it's easing up a little and I can move it again but the pain/weakness is still there like it was when it first started.
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I can't find the reference but will try to dig it out. The first thing is to look at the thickness of the tear. If it's complete, surgery is needed. If it's partial then a PT can do a functional assessment. Depending on how far up above your head you can go, the evidence suggests to just do rehab without surgery, as it ends up taking about the same amount time to heal (I'm butchering the results a bit here, but will try to dig out the reference).

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I had a nagging pain in my shoulder for years. Neither my family doctor nor my orthopedic surgeon ever came up with a diagnosis but since Mobic kept me pain free they said just keep taking that until it either gets better on its own or gets bad enough that medication no longer is effective. Then my right hand quit working. It sorta' worked but became very weak. I couldn't touch type, write very well and I didn't have enough pinch strength to turn the ignition key to start my car with my right hand. I had a series of MRI's while diagnosing my hand paralysis. Turns out the hand weakness was caused by stenosis at C7-T1 but the MRI of my shoulder also revealed the cause of my shoulder pain which was a torn rotator cuff. In my case extended rest allowed my rotator cuff to heal. It turns out that when your hand doesn't work you can't use your shoulder much.
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