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9/30/12 5:57 P

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Maybe reviving an old thread here... I had a tear of my R rotator cuff last April while hiking, of all things. I had PT two or three times a week for three months before surgery -- partly to see if the surgery were absolutely necessary, and also to have my shoulder in the best possible shape for the surgeon and subsequent recovery.

Post op the pain was bad. I mean surprisingly bad. Couldn't reach my left shoulder to wash in the shower. Couldn't put a glass on a shelf at shoulder height. I couldn't lift a beer. Now I'm about 10 weeks post surgery. Things have been getting better by the day and I think it's all due to the help of the physical therapists. I strongly recommend you get into a program planned for four to six months after surgery and follow the recommendations. Next week my program will introduce strength building. Up to now it's been range of motion and minimal strength building against nothing more than gravity. No weights. I'm restricted from bicycling (might wrench the shoulder and undo the surgery scars) and if I hike it's with only one pole on the side that wasn't injured. I figure I've got a month or two to go before I'm on my own trying to get an upper body back. I feel like 6 months have been stolen from me since the injury. But I'll get back, maybe better than before. emoticon

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9/14/11 1:09 P

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Thank you for the info. I am currently in physical therapy but it is PAINFULLY slow on the recouperation side. I want to be able to do what I did before and being a man I want it soon. Thank you for your assist. I will just have to be patient with the process. Thank you again.

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9/8/11 12:04 P

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You absolutely need a physical therapist to design a program for you as well as to assist you passively to regain full painfree range. It should be standard after surgery (it is here in Canada). Go to your GP or surgeon and get a prescription if that is what is needed for funding where you are. If not - go directly. You can't afford to mess with this.

PS: I am a physical therapist (largely management though - the money is better)

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Hopefully your doc prescribed physical therapy. Mine did so my insurance had to cover the visits. Anyway, it was a slow process but the therapist understood what i wanted and designed my therapy based on that. Don't try to do any exercise on your own. At least talk with a PT. Or get your doc to prescribe some visits.

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8/31/11 1:18 P

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Alright guys I need an assist. About a month ago I had rotator cuff surgery. They removed a bone spur, cleaned up the tendons and the short bicep had to be cut and sewn under the rotator cuff. Prior to the surgery I was doing really well on my workouts and was making great progess. A lot of my gains are going away quickly because I can't do the upper body or even run. What can I do to try to keep at least the lower body at an acceptable level and some cardio. Thanks guys.

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