You both should be really proud and happy with your progress.
I had a bicept tendon repair in June 2012 which evolved into frozen shoulder. As of today the pain is receding, but it's still worst in bed. My overhead ROM is improving, but I still can't move my arm behind my back. Needless to say I am limited in my workout options. Hopefully it will release on its own at some point and I won't need another operation.
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Pounds lost: 3.0
Fitness Minutes: (27,550) Posts: 1,480 6/14/13 5:43 P
Good to hear about your success, Sara. My shoulder is pain free now, I'm using 5 pound weights for exercise of the small muscles, and have not yet turned to strengthening the big ones (like the deltoids). I'll look for a plan from PT. But I consider the surgery and the follow on PT to be a huge success. I've been riding as well, not felt any limitations yet.
I just read your post and thought you could use some encouragement from another cyclist sans hiker. Two years ago, I tore the supera? muscle from the back of my shoulder in a cycling accident. Surgery was imminent and never did I have pain like after the surgery. When given the P.T. exercises I went overboard (told to cut back by the P.T.). One objective: get back on the bike a.s.p.! I was walking within a few weeks on a flatter pavement surface, then within 3 months of the surgery, I had been taking my bike for a spin around my yard, until I was uncomfortable. My P.T. figured out real quick what I was up to, but due to the duration of exercising that arm thoroughly; he didn't have a problem with it. My final visit with the dr. was 4 months after surgery, when he released me, with high hopes I wouldn't be out there mountain biking (probably my age). That wasn't going to happen! The shoulder gradually had no pain what so ever and actually is stronger. I road bike, mountain bike and hike. I gained weight after the accident. Prior to that I lost 70 pounds. Here it is two years later, and I'm on a roll dropping the weight again. You will regain all and be cycling and loving it! Have a Great Day!
Pounds lost: 20.0
Fitness Minutes: (27,550) Posts: 1,480 4/21/13 10:22 A
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. If I keep up with the exercises aimed at keeping the scapula tight against my back, things do well. I suspect I'll be doing these exercises forever.
What experience is out there with exercise and progress after six months, after a year? I've got some bicycle riding and hiking ahead of me.
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