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Old 09-22-2008, 12:44 AM   #11
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Re: rotator cuff

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I had a small tear of the supraspinatus tenson. It was easily seen on MRI, but when he got in there w/ the scope, he had difficulty isolating it. It's anchored down now, and he debrided the acromion to make more room. I had some popping now that they aren't too concerned about. The sound is alarming, but there's no pain involved. I started therepay about 6 weeks after surgery. Occupational therapy has helped me a lot, and I recommend it. I'm getting along famously now, but I've had big problems w/ trigger points in my rhomboid and trapezius on the affected side. I wore the immobilizer for about 4-6 weeks--mostly when I was sleeping to avoid doing something stupid. Don't try to speed up the schedule; you'll need that recovery time to really be able to "stage a proper comeback" into the CrossFit ranks.
Right on Theresa. You're the second person who has recommended occupational therapy. I shall heed the advice. I have been very careful with the arm. I did not get an immobilizer. My Ortho said a sling was fine. Being patient is the hardest part of this whole ordeal for me. I think there is a good lesson in there. Glad to hear your rehab went well and I hope you find relief for your rhomboid & trapezius problems.
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:42 AM   #12
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Re: rotator cuff

It's pretty rare to tear it, more common to strain the ligaments, which never fully "recover". From that point you have to train the muscles to do the job of the ligaments. See a good PT who does a TON of hands-on work, with a *little* exercise work.
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Old 09-22-2008, 09:57 AM   #13
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Re: rotator cuff

Not to be too contrarian, but . . .

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, rotator cuff tears "are a common source of shoulder pain" and "one study revealed a 34% overall incidence of rotator cuff tears."
(WFS: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00406)
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