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Mojostick
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I appears I have at the least an inflamed rotator cuff and probably a semi-torn rotator cuff. From movement tests, they don't think it's a major tear, since I still had some strength in it, although the MRI will show for sure.

It sounds like rehab is anywhere from 2-5 months, depending on the severity. So no bow shooting at least for weeks at best, if only inflamed with cortisone shots, and maybe until August, if torn worse than suspected and full tear surgery is needed.

Anyone had a semi-tear? If so, what kind of rehab is done after surgery?

I'll only be shooting 40lbs next fall anyhow, so I assume I'll be fine by mid-October.

Thanks in advance.

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I had what they thought was a SLAP tear on my right should back in high school from playing baseball. Turned out that while I was getting surgery that nothing was torn but there was too much room in socket for the head of my bone. Anyways they tightened this up. Rehab was a lot of different things to get range of motion back and once that was back it was strength exercise for the shoulder muscles. Full recovery for surgery is generally 9 months. Do, if you got surgery now your looking at full recovery by mid December.

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Winterhawk1960
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Mojostick,

I had surgery a year ago last month to correct what they "thought" was a tear in my rotator cuff tendon. This was after a series of a couple cortisone shots put directly into the shoulder to try and remedy the issue.

Long story, made shorter..........they really don't know "exactly" what is done until they actually get inside the shoulder. It is a very complicated joint and the MRI's just doesn't show them the "true" problem always. The surgeon told me on the day of the surgery that they were gonna go into the shoulder with a scope, but if the problem was more severe than could be corrected in this manner that they would open the shoulder up.

When they got inside, they did in fact find a "partial tear" to the rotator cuff and a slap tear that was causing most of the problem. The slap tear is actually in the bone socket itself in the cartilage that surrounds the inside of the socket. They corrected the problems and off to "physical therapy" I went. Let me tell ya, the first few sessions of that was a lot like torture.

The first thing they work on is getting full range of motion back and that wasn't a pleasant thing......but I got through it and then just as Shane C said, they move onto strengthening the shoulder muscles. I was back to shooting a bow by mid-May of last year. I truly believe that it takes from 9 months to a full year to get your shoulder completely back to what you had before any shoulder issues started.

There are lots of stretches and strengthening exercises that you will need to CONTINUE to do to eleviate any future problems.......at least if you are on the upper side of the mid-40's in age. I've had two scopes on one of my knee's and in comparison to a shoulder surgery, I'd rather have about a dozen knee scopes than one shoulder repair. It just takes soooooooooooo much longer to get over totally, and that being dependant on you doing your part with the physical therapy.

I'm not trying to scare you of the surgery, with me it was a necessary thing to even live a "somewhat normal" life again. My shoulder still "aches" at times, expecially during the night and when it gets cold. I guess that is part of getting older. The biggest thing that I notice, as I'm getting older is that everytime that I get an injury it takes me longer to get totally back to normal again. I think that's just part of the "aging process".

Find yourself a good sports doctor to do the surgery and then do the physical therapy with a sports based therapist if at all possible. THEY are the ones that will get you back to your "normal".........the fastest. Notice I didn't say "easiest"........because there is nothing easy about recovering from shoulder injuries. They just plain SUCK.......but the alternative is worse.

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I had an actual tear that happend the end of January a few years back. I was able to begin shooting little bows by April and was back shooting my normal 75-80# bows by july. You just need to take it slow. I refused the surgery and, "knock on wood", have never had even a slight problem since.
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Cortisone shots in my opinion are a mental band aid. It covers up the real problem for a bit, and allows you to screw it up even more.JMHO
Get a second opinion and maybe even a third, and dont tell them what the other doctors have said.Let them give you an opinion based on what they see.

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I had surgery on mine 12/2010. The problem is back and now I'm swapping to LH shooting. I also have a birth defect in my shoulder so that adds to my issues. Hopefully yours will be better.

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X2 with what Winterhawk1960 said. Been there-done that. Hope all goes well for you.

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Sorry to hear it...good luck.
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Last year I had two partial tears in the rotator cuff and one in the Labrum. I got the cortisone and it helped for about two days. Doc didnt want to do surgery because of my lifestyle. He said he wanted to see how it went. A year later I am pain free and no surgery required. I babied it for a while and lowered my weights to high rep sets. I was shocked he didn't want to do surgery but he was Truely looking out for my well being. Shocking. He said he didn't want to fix it because I wouldn't like the way it felt after it was done.

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About two or so years ago I got thrown off a horse and hurt my right shoulder. The Dr looking at the MRI said I had a minor tear and that had caused a small spur to grow. I REALLY didn't want to do the surgery so I opted for fairly regular cortisone shots for a year or so. During that time they gave me some chest exercises (basically variations on the decline press)to do to help take pressure off the joint.

Now it doesn't really hurt at all and a different Dr and different MRI doesn't show a spur. I'm of the opinion that much of the diagnosis had been speculative in nature. I just, as in yesterday, shot the bow again for the pretty much the first time since the fall. Aside from being a terrible shot I'm fine.

Get a second, or third, opinion before you get cut on.

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I'd be real carefull about any sort of surgery. Your shoulder will never be the same.

I work in the fitness industry and see lots of shoulder things.

Chances are if you do 'Pre-hab' work you will never need a surgery.

Just remember people get paid per surgery...
Its in their best interest to cut you open.

Get the medical info you need then go to a good sports massage therapist, accupucture clinic, physical therapist, correct exercise specialist, any one but a surgeon. Just make sure they value your input and don't seem to have an agenda. Ask lots of questions.

Ive seen so mush needless surgery!

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I have had both sides done-make sure you are dealing with a sports ortho and not a general surgeon. Seek out alternatives...Chiropractors know more about shoulders and sports issues than regular doctors do.
Rest, ice, compress, stretching all will help. Sports physio types are a great resource too. Often you can recover completely w/o surgery.
I just read Sharpend 60's post-pretty much what he said! LOL

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I had problems arise two summers ago. Mine ended up being inflammation of the rotator cuff. Has to be one of the more painful things I've been through. Took me about 16 months to get back to normal.
I feel for ya.
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quote:
Originally posted by Sharpend60:
I'd be real carefull about any sort of surgery. Your shoulder will never be the same.

Chances are if you do 'Pre-hab' work you will never need a surgery.

Just remember people get paid per surgery...
Its in their best interest to cut you open.

Get the medical info you need then go to a good sports massage therapist, accupucture clinic, physical therapist, correct exercise specialist, any one but a surgeon. Just make sure they value your input and don't seem to have an agenda. Ask lots of questions.

Ive seen so mush needless surgery!

YOU are absolutely correct about "never being the same".

I did all the "pre-hab" from about 2 years prior to the surgery. I did the sports massage therapist, accupuncture, physical therapist, and the corrective exercise. I guess I'm lucky to have a surgeon in our area that ONLY wants to cut when nothing else is working.

Those "slap-tears" on the labrum are very rarely, if ever "fixed" without getting in there and removing the floating piece of material or in my case it wasn't floating but still attached. Believe me........I'm not one to want to get "cut on", but when all else fails and you have been sleeping in a recliner for months on end, there has to be some other fix to get back to "normal".......whatever that really is [dunno]

Truth be known, it probably started when I was much younger, pitching little league baseball up through the high school years. With that said, it isn't what it was when I was younger.....BUT......it is much better than it was pre-surgery.

I'm not a "pill-popper"......and didn't even fill the scripts for the dang stuff that the Dr. wrote after the surgery. I just took ibuprofin and got through the physical therapy afterwards just fine. No pain.........no gain sort of thing I reckon.

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I had surgery last June for a partially torn rotator cuff. They also removed two bone spurs and cleaned up the bicep tendon channel.

I followed the rehab without exception which included stretching, range of motion and then strengthening exercises. The surgeon told me that full range of motion wouldn't be obtained for at least 9 months and full strength for 12 months.

I was not able to bowhunt last fall but plan on shooting and hunting again this fall. Whatever you decide to do, follow all of the rehab plans.

Good luck.

Tony

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