SparkPeople Rotator Cuff Rehab Team Messageboard Spark Team for those of us recovering from severe shoulder injuries and / or surgery SparkPeople Rotator Cuff Rehab Team Messageboard Frozen Shoulder Surgery Just checking in with this group -- which seems to be inactive. So, for all of you out there considering surgery to fix frozen shoulder, here's my adventure: <BR> <BR> I had surgery to repair a bicep tendon tear in June 2012. It quickly progressed to frozen shoulder. Pain was terrible, sleep almost impossible. I decided to go on disability to get this figured out, and it was probably the best decision I ever made. It was hard to step off the corporate merry go round, but it was time to ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:14:23 EST Rotator Cuff Rehab after a year? I'm about nine months into rehab from surgery to repair one of the rotator cuff muscles on my dominant side that was torn completely in half in a near fall. The pain after surgery was unbelievable. I spent weeks sleeping in a recliner chair. I wore a sling continuously for a month or more, and whenever I was out of the house for a month or so after that. But slowly the PT exercises and range of motion work has led to a fully functional, if not entirely pain free and not fully strong shoulder.... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:22:59 EST What's a girl to do to keep her core in shape? I am new to the team and it's comforting to know there is an exercise life after injury as I enjoy working out. <BR> I'm hoping I'm doing the right thing by moving my right shoulder gently for now until I have some physio (being arranged by my GP as I speak) and keeping to Genie sits and crunchless core workouts. And when I do, do crunches I fold my arms across my chest. <BR> Would love to know of any safe exercises for obliques as I find Russian Twists, Advanced Wood Chops and Dumbbell sideb... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:02:30 EST HI Hi there, I've been a sparker for 6 years and have maintained my weight for over 5 and a half years <BR> Just been diagnosed with a bugger of a Rotator Cuff Injury and my doc is arranging physio, <BR> I hope to learn more about this condition and if at all pos get back to some ST which I miss terribly. <BR> Thanks Angela for sending me to this team, you are an angel <em>285</em> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:59:39 EST Introduction to the Team Hello All! <BR> I am going to be post 6months next week from a Total Shoulder Replacement, I will soon be 52 years old and facing change (whether I am ready or like it). The good news is I can SLEEP! Something that I missed for almost a year, I want to burn the recliner! Now its time to lose the weight! I am taking up aqua classes 4 days a week, while my range of motion is slow to recover, the pain reduction has been wonderful. Day by Day I look for the little changes. For example I can... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:58:53 EST SLAP Tear Repair Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I had a SLAP repair and my bicept tendon fixed on 6/22/12. Today I'm 3 months out of surgery and haven't been to PT in six weeks. I still have a lot of pain and my range of motion is 100% worse than it was before the surgery. Pain doc in the ortho practice thinks I have frozen shoulder, but the surgeon disagrees (although he can't say why I still have so much pain). I think I went back to work too soon (I took one week off and worked from home the second week). An... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:51:07 EST Greetings, All! Just had my second rotator cuff surgery in a year done in April. Soooo tired of being a one-armed paper hanger! Now torn meniscus in right knee. 65 years and raring to go when the bod and the doc will let me. Meanwhile, pounds continue to be my friend <em>29</em> HELP!!! Thu, 7 Jun 2012 07:34:29 EST Hello Hi everybody. I'm relatively new to SparkPeople, and I'll admit I've not gotten onto any of the boards to post comments, so bear with me as I find my way around. I'd hurt my shoulder back at the beginning of October but didn't get it looked at right away because my 16 yr old son was in a work related accident that laid him up and immobile for 3 months. Everything got put on hold. It's just been recently that I've gotten as far as the orthopedic surgeon. And I've now got frozen shoulder ... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:29:46 EST Hello Sooo glad I found you all. I had surgery on Oct.21,2011 and the first week went ok. Then the second week seemed like it was very good. Then I went for my last drs. visit and he said since I could move my arm above my head I didn't have to go back again. That was at 2 or 3 weeks. :( Now I can't move my arm hardly at all. I have to begin flexing the fingers and bending my hand, closing and opening it before I can barely lift my arm away from my side. I never have been able to turn the arm inwar... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:43:33 EST Hello... Had rotator cuff surgery 22 Sep 2011 so today makes it 8 weeks recovering from a 99% tear, bursa removal due to impingement, and "bone spur" removal. My PT says I am progressing well (for which I am grateful), but I am wondering how long the pain will continue? I will be seeing my surgeon's assistant next week, for the first time since the day after surgery. <em>240</em> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 06:29:00 EST New Lose or Maintain Challenge coming up! Hey there, <BR> <BR> We'll be wrapping up the current Lose or Maintain challenge on Halloween, so it's time to start thinking about the next one. <BR> <BR> We'll use Google again. You have until November 7 to sign up. <BR> <BR> More info and the signup link are on the forum thread here: <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imboard=8&imparent=25783617 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you'll join us! <BR> <BR> Invite your friends! <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:17:45 EST hello! I'm happy to be introduced to you all, who can relate!! I had labral surgery (bit different than rotator cuff- a tear of the cartilidge around the shoulder joint) on September 8th, and I'm getting quite tired of this arm brace let me tell you! I live in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in NYC, I'm 32, just married, and missing running like crazy! Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:37:37 EST partially torn rotator cuff. Hi! My name is Linda. I am 67 y/o.I injured my left rotator cuff with constant lifting of my 300 pound body out of chairs. Problem solved with an electric lift chair. Of course, I still have the pain. I had planned to have surgery this summer but developed a more pressing problem. So maybe I'll get it fixed next Summer. The 20% of the bill that I have to pay is one of the causes of the delay. I had to use the money for different Hospital bills. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:24:44 EST Surgery Tomorrow *sigh* My long road to rehab starts tomorrow when I go under the knife. After everything I've been through... tomorrow is surgery day. <BR> <BR> Can you believe the hospital called me last week and wanted me to put at least 10% down? <BR> Worse, the surgeon's office called YESTERDAY and wanted 50% down? <BR> <BR> I don't have it. PT before surgery is costing me $600 out-of-pocket. Not counting the MRIs, the XRays, and the visits to my primary care doctor. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I think I was ... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 11:27:01 EST New from Michigan Hi! I'm Lynn. <BR> <BR> I love bicycling. I was on an "organized" bicycle tour ride (51 miles) with my husband in May 2011 when I fell injuring my left arm, elbow, and shoulder - including a torn rotator cuff. Saw my orthopedic surgeon yesterday for the second time... we're heading to the OR on September 21, 2011. Eight weeks of PT and very little improvement was made. <BR> <BR> I'm getting bummed out because life requires a pain-free rotator cuff. I feel grounded and paralyzed. I have diff... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:14:59 EST "Scary" Lose or Maintain Challenge (til Halloween) Let's see how well we can do between now and Halloween. <BR> <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> To join, sign up here: <BR> <link><BR>?hl=en_US&formkey=dG1KMXVNamNiZVJWbk83<BR>UzVoT3VTM0E6MA#gid=0 </link> <BR> <BR> To be part of the current challenge you need to join by Monday, September 5. After that you will need to wait until the next one. <BR> <BR> We will record our weights (and % body fat if you happen to measure it) once a week, for 8 weeks (through Ha... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:26:02 EST Surgery was July 19/Back to work? This was my 2nd surgery. I had the left one done about 5 years ago and completely recovered all use of my arm. This surgery for the right is harder - much more difficulty. It was a bone spur (same as the other arm) and it tore right through one of the muscles, so I needed the bone burred down plus two screws to hold stitches. I am now doing PT twice a week and am itching to go back to work. I am a secretary and rely on writing and typing but am right handed... I will lose disability for the t... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 07:57:45 EST new to rotator cuff injury Hi All, <BR> I believe I have a rotator cuff injury, but haven't done anything about it yet. I don't know if I should just go to my regular doctor or go straight to an orthopedic doc first. I can't lift my right arm without pain in the should joint, put my arm behind my back or rotate my arm at the elbow so my hand goes back toward my shoulder. This started about 4 months ago right as I was going out of town for the summer to care for my dad. I'm back home now and want to get this looked... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:00:26 EST Followups Gonna see the surgeon for my second followup, next Monday, <BR> (15 weeks from surgery on May 2) <BR> <BR> I wonder if they'll yell at me again, for doing too much? <BR> (like they did at the first followup, 5 weeks after surgery) <BR> <BR> The PT doesn't think so - he says I'm at a point where reinjury is unlikely - if I tear something in there now, it's almost the same as a whole new tear. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 07:14:39 EST i survived i think MY PAIN COMES AND GOES IN WAVES, CAN BARELY EAT. Sat, 25 Jun 2011 00:09:13 EST Healing vs. Healed It feels so good to be able to do things again without pain. I still feel the shoulder say, uh NO, from time to time, but all in all there isn't any 'real' pain any more. Of course hubby still sits on me and doesn't let me do anything major. Surgery was 11 weeks ago - wow time flies! <BR> <BR> At least I washed 2 rugs this weekend. Only 3 more to wash while the weather is nice. Hope to get one done after work today. I have to remember that I'm still in 'healing' mode and not 'healed an... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:50:35 EST Woo hoo! Milestones on the way to recovery I did something exciting today! I put on a bra the normal way for the first time since surgery, 6 weeks ago exactly. <BR> <BR> I'm still detaching bras with one hand, but this was so cool I just had to share. <BR> <BR> And then I thought, holy carp, who would even get it? <BR> <BR> You guys, that's who. LOL Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:12:16 EST Surgery was April 19, 2011 How I hurt myself: <BR> Car accident <BR> <BR> When I hurt myself: <BR> October 22, 2010 <BR> <BR> Date of surgery: <BR> April 19, 2011 <BR> <BR> Type of repair: <BR> Arthroscopic. <BR> <BR> Why this is so annoying: <BR> Because it is taking so long to heal. I would have thought since it was done arthroscopic it would have healed 1-2-3. So surprised how the little things we take for granted can't be done till this thing heals. Sat, 11 Jun 2011 09:35:36 EST Shoulder Repair on June 20th My name is Deborah and I have a torn rotator cuff! <BR> <BR> I cannot wait because of the pain and my limited use of my right arm/hand, and yes I am right handed. I am also a bit scared because of the pain. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I know it will be worse pain and then get better instead of what I have now, which is pain everyday, worse pain on occasion when I forget and try to use it, like when my 17 year old dog needed help getting into the car. OUCH! I was in tears after that mistake. <B... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 22:51:33 EST It gets better day by day Each day and each week that goes by you can do a bit more. Listen to your body. If you do the wrong movement your shoulder will pinch or hurt and stop you. I wore the arm brace for the first 2-3 weeks all day and in bed. Then I got so annoyed at the thing and figured I have the pillows supporting the shoulder/arm and when I would roll over on my side my shoulder would tell me ..Uh NO!! <BR> <BR> The exercise they told me to do. Hang the arm down and make circles was perfect. This kep... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:33:19 EST New Shoulder April 05, 2011 not May With everything I've been going through the past 3 months I totally got THIS wrong. My hubby had heart problems in March, then I had my shoulder operated on April 5..not May! <BR> But here is my story anyway!...I was about 290 lbs or so I was riding my Percheron and since I'm no pro horse rider I was practicing. I went to get off Mysti and didn't let go of the saddle quickly enough and totally blew my right shoulder. I thought it was just a strain/sprain. See, she is well over 6ft tall ... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:12:43 EST Oops - Stuff we maybe shouldn't have done Two weeks after surgery I spent camping in the Adirondacks so I could take pictures at a kayaking festival for charity and slipped on a wet rock - and my sling didn't happen to be on. I am SO LUCKY that I didn't land on my right arm... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Three weeks after surgery I was in a car that ran off the road into a ditch and my arm flew out of the sling. Didn't seem to be any problems with it, but it could have been a lot worse. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:21:41 EST What CAN we do??? They're so full of advice about stuff we can't do during rehab. Let's figure out what we CAN do. <BR> <BR> I have been spending time walking, running on the elliptical, and going to spin class for cardio. I either wear my sling or stuff my hand under the opposite sport bra strap for support. <BR> <BR> For strength training I've been doing the leg machines in the gym (leg press, calf press, leg curl, leg extension). It's not much, but it's better than nothing... <BR> <BR> I've started co... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:19:08 EST Surgery May 2 Type of injury: <BR> Full thickness infraspinatus tear <BR> <BR> How I hurt myself: <BR> Snowboarding <BR> <BR> When I hurt myself: <BR> March 27 2011 <BR> <BR> Date of surgery: <BR> May 2 2011 <BR> <BR> Type of repair: <BR> Arthroscopic. <BR> Fasteners stapled into bone, 12 permanent sutures lacing mucle/tendon back where it belongs. Kind of like a shoe. <BR> <BR> Why this is so annoying: <BR> Because I'm a white water kayaker and this means I'm going to lose most (if not all) of my 20... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:16:24 EST