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    ssive Rotator Cuff Tear!

    After an MRI that I paid for showed a 2" tear among other problems, I got the surgery.
    I have tee shirts older than my Dr. who worked for NY Jets.
    The surgery was nothing, I am now in my 10th week of rehab.
    I'm getting my old 07 DB ht ready for when I can ride. I am treating myself to some new brakes that I had ordered and an offset head set to slow down the steering.
    Walking has saved my sanity during recovery, I've got about 280 mi. LOL
    I'm finally able to put effort into my rehab and am in misery much of the time.
    I walk and do my rehab in a circut that includes icing and inversion.

    If you are thinking of this do get a good recliner,
    and for any injury get the ice pump for sleeping.
    Amazon gives 4 stars, about $215.
    I hope this helps.

    R

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    I was at a bike race yesterday. Saw a bunch of arms in slings. A lot of that going around.
    A blind man searches in a dark room for a black hat that isn't there. Dashiell Hammett

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    I tore my rotator cuff last year but decided to wait out spontaneous recovery (vs. surgery). This took a good nine months. I can finally ride again without pain, lift my bike by myself, put on my hydration pack, etc. Good Luck to you, one step at a time.
    Last edited by LadyDi; 08-28-2012 at 01:04 AM.
    Never give up, never surrender.

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    I had an MRI last week showing partial supraspinatus ligament tear and partial labrum tear. Meeting w/ the ortho this coming Friday to discuss it. This past Friday got a nerve conduction test from another guy at the ortho's practice and he thought most of my lack of arm strength/mobility is from nerve damage not the partial tears (although he didn't see the MRI himself). The ortho this Friday will be the 1st time I talk to somebody w/ a complete picture of all available info since the accident 2 wks ago. The waiting is killing me.

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    The MRI Knows!

    Hardy: My labrum was fine, but I had a 2" tear in my RC and other injuries.
    My injury was almost at the limit of what they can fix.
    They had to bring in specialist.
    He planned on 4 pair of incisions, ended up w/6.
    He had to drill and insert 2 5mm screws to tie the muscle to.
    My was more of a reconstruction.

    The MRI will show most but not everything.
    The surgery was like a trip to dentist, no big deal. LOL
    The recovery is a different story.

    Please feel free to ask for advice,
    I can't ride, but I've walked over 340mi.

    R

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricisan View Post
    I can't ride, but I've walked over 340mi.
    That is amazing. Good job!

    Your surgery also sounds like quite a feat of engineering. Glad to hear it wasn't too hard on you (and then there's the rehab...).

    I don't have clothing older than any of the med staff I've been seeing but I am older than most of them, and one person in the ER took a class from my wife.

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    The first 4 weeks are Imobolisation in a sling/brace. It is not joke.
    Keeping things tight will make/break you.
    Walking around the local park is all I can do for now.
    A recliner and the ice pump machine are mando!

    Let me know if I can help.

    R

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    Mine was torn 80%+. Doc cut it thru clean and reattached with anchors. 2nd month was able to do elliptical machine a the Y so I spent mornings there and did lots of physical therapy. Took 5+ mos before I could even start to run or bike. It's been a year now and I'm back to biking daily - road and Mtn. Everythings good but I'm a little more careful in dicey sections. Shoulder surgery takes a long time to recover from. Listen to your Doc and your body, do your PT and you'll get good results.

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