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Old 08-10-2011, 06:48 AM   #11
Michael Bailey
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Re: My Rotator Cuff Injury

Hey Heather,
Just figured I jump in with some RC repair support. As a fellow RC tearer (is that even a word?) I am 5 months out of surgery. I had 4 anchors put in for a complete tear I did while doing a pull up and ring dip workout. I tore it on the ring dips, I felt it but kept going because I'm stupid and finally I just couldn't do a dip so I had to stop. Anyway.

I can say it does get better. I did 3 sets of 20 pushups on my knees yesterday with no pain. Prior to surgery I could not do a single pushup due to the pain. Today my shoulder is sore but this is what I have noticed....when you push into new territory the shoulder gets a little fussy and reminds you its still healing. The pain doesn't come when you are using it ( I would avoid anything that causes that) but sets in either later that day or the next day. I then use ice and heat throughout the day and the pain subsides in a day or two. Once it feels good I do the PT again and it is usually less sore if I stay at the rate I previously was or gets sore again if I try to up the reps or sets.

With all that said, it was 3 months before I did any active PT with weights and even at 5 months I have not lifted anything over 7 lbs in my PT and exercising. I have not done any pullups, overhead movements etc either and am shooting for one year before I do.

The time you commit now to taking it easy and going slow will pay off in the end. It is hard for crossfitters because we all like to go go go and push the pain but I'm trying to be smart. This blog is a God send because of posts like "anyone ever retear a rotator cuff repair" because they remind you to take it slow and there are many great people to bounce your concerns and fears off of.

I'm hoping next year at this time to take and change my profile pic to be doing a handstand .....

good luck!!!!
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:31 PM   #12
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Re: My Rotator Cuff Injury

Hi Michael,
Thanks for your words of encouragement.
I started PT this week, 6 weeks post-op. My tear was 1cm (supraspinatus only) & I have 1 anchor. Starting PT has given me a tremendous mental boost for sure.
I know that patience is not one of my virtues! Having said that, common sense is a must with recovery from this injury. Do you do modified WOD's at your box or are you doing stuff on your own or at a regular gym?
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:40 PM   #13
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Re: My Rotator Cuff Injury

My garage is my box
I have been doing modified wods to work around my shoulder. As an example I did 50 squats, 50 sitsups 4 rounds for time yesterday. Obviously if u use your arms a lot in the squat and situp you need to be aware of the affect on your shoulder. Some other wods are 400m walking lunges, or 10 pistols 10 one arm hang cleans etc...there are a ton of possibilities, I'm sure you box will hook you up when your ready.

Good luck with the PT and when you start back to anything..i would say take small steps...run a mile and see how it feels the next day etc. before you jump right into things...I started with 3 rounds of 20 squats when I started back because I really swing my arms....

If my shoulder feels good tomorrow I am going to use a dowel and a red band to do 3 sets of 15 "pull ups"/pull downs.
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:19 AM   #14
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Re: My Rotator Cuff Injury

Just completed my first week of PT & am pleasantly surprised at my gains in ROM. Although the exercises often give me a pulling sensation, there is no true pain during or after treatment so I've been able to stay away from the pain meds. I've also been totally sling-free for 12 days.
In addition to the stationary bike, leg work, body weight & 1 arm exercises, I tried running his week on the treadmill. I went slow but did not have any shoulder pain.
At 7 weeks post-op (almost) I feel like I've turned the corner, mentally & physically. I know there will be many more challenges ahead. Hang in there guys!
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:52 PM   #15
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Re: My Rotator Cuff Injury

Great stuff Heather, sounds like youre on your way. Im due to start PT in 2 weeks, looking forward to making some progress.

Do you still experience pain in your shoulder or is it completely pain free?
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Old 08-13-2011, 05:01 PM   #16
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Re: My Rotator Cuff Injury

Hey Heather- It will get better!
I hope to encourage you by telling you, I had a 'ream and run' shoulder replacement Dec 1, 2010. During the procedure the doc removed the head of the humerus and replaced it with a metal head, shaved the face of the glenoid process and the subscapularis was totally excised and then reattached.

I have had a slow rehab, but after only 7 months, I was able to do a muscle-up again on Thursday. I am doing burpees, kb snatches, wall ball, presses, and I will begin working on OHS and snatches next week.

I've been doing my own PT, with the approval of the doc. I've used kb's for most of my ROM and strength conditioning.

You will be back to 100% before long!
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Old 08-13-2011, 05:26 PM   #17
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Re: My Rotator Cuff Injury

Hi Heather. I think we had the same degree of injury--to most it's minor, but it's major to us because we can't do what we did before. I had surgery in February of 2008 after tearing my supraspinatus while learning to do kipping pullups. I was crushed, difficult to deal with, and would burst into tears when I couldn't do the normal activities of daily living myself--you know, like tie my shoes myself.

After 3 years, I have no pain and am finally on a regular training schedule. My shoulder never hurts. I hope that helps you a bit.
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:27 AM   #18
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Re: My Rotator Cuff Injury

Theresa, are you saying that it has taken 3 years to get pain free, or that your surgery was 3 years ago and you've been pain free for a while?
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:13 AM   #19
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It didn't take 3 years to be pain free. I have been pain free for roughly 2 years. Because of my job and other life stuff, I haven't worked out regularly until the last 3 months since my injury.
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:43 PM   #20
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Re: My Rotator Cuff Injury

Hi Skip,
You are the man!!! Very complex surgery & you are so on the right path to recovery. Thanks for your words of encouragement.
I have read your posts on the master's site as I'm a master as well.
My recovery has been a bit different than most; my husband is both an orthopod & an upper extremity specialist. I plan to get him a t-shirt; "I lived a rotator cuff repair."
Once again, those first 4-6 weeks are the worst; it gets better, folks.
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