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Torn Rotator Cuff

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Vicky 21
Little Miss Knowitall 11
Shannon 2
MrsSmitty10 1
BOOM BOOM BOOM 25

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Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

Anybody have any experience with one? 

BOOM BOOM BOOM --- 5 years ago -

What degree tear? 1st 2nd or all the way trough. Depends on if it was a tendon, ligament, or muscle. Muscles are known as rotator cuff but can be something else.

Does it hurt when you raise your arm up, back, or across chest? 

BOOM BOOM BOOM --- 5 years ago -

Dont take nsaids. And dont ice, use heat. Fyi 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

chiropractor had me icing my shoulder.

it hurts all the time. Lifting up hurts. Lifting out hurts. Lifting across my chest hurts. Lifting back not so much.

Don't know what nsaids is.

Thanks for the info Boom. 

BOOM BOOM BOOM --- 5 years ago -

Dont ice. Use a heat pad or a hot lamp if you can find one. Then go see a PT. Hell, go to an MT.

Ice reduces inflammation. Making the healing process longer. If you dont "see" the inflammation, dont ice it.

After you heat that area, be a heating pad, or hot hot bath, move your shoulder around gently to break up any adhesions forming. Thats what keeps pain lingering. Then leave it alone till the next time you heat it.
MRI will determine if its a torn rotator or an inflammed bursa, etc. 

BOOM BOOM BOOM --- 5 years ago -

Nsaids. Dont take anti inflammatory medications. 

BOOM BOOM BOOM --- 5 years ago -

Oh and if you absolutly feel the need to ice use heat right after. Contrast therapy. 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

This is the written diagnosis (they don't use degrees anymore)....

high-grade articular surface and intrasubstance partial tear of the supraspinatus without full-thickness tear or atrophy.

So not a complete tear, just partial. 

BOOM BOOM BOOM --- 5 years ago -

Yay well thats goood news. A PT should help you out a lot.

Drs will disagree with the ice tx. They like to cover up symptoms then actually fix the problem.
Massage it with a good amt of pressure but sloooow. Start at the spine and rub to the top of the humerus. That will promote healing. 

Little Miss Knowitall --- 5 years ago -

Mom had the surgery to repair hers.

If you have the surgery, DO the physical therapy and home exercises.

She had day surgery and was in a sling for a few weeks before PT started. 

Little Miss Knowitall --- 5 years ago -

Oh, and Dr. Arthur at COSM (Coastal Orthopedic & Sports Medicine) was her Ortho.

Highly recommend him. He's our "family" Ortho. I saw him with my shoulder dislocation, Jr. sees him when he messes up his knee and he's done a number of surgeries on Mom. (carpal tunnel in both hands, arthroscopic knee surgery and her shoulder surgery. {He attempted arthroscopic for her shoulder but ended up opening the shoulder up to do the rotator cuff repair.}) 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

Thanks Boom and LMK. I am looking forward to seeing the films. Sucks having to wait until the 21st though. 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

Well shine-ola.... The surgeon showed me the pictures and was not happy with the diagnosis... He said only pieces of my tendon showed up on the MRI and not a whole one. He said my tendon was "shredded". He said it is a high grade full tear not a partial.

They started the process to get pre-approval for surgery. Luckily it's outpatient and I go home the same day.

Wish me luck! 

Little Miss Knowitall --- 5 years ago -

Yup, it is day surgery, but you'll be in a padded sling for several weeks.

Do EXACTLY what the instructions say when leaving the hospital/surgery center. 

BOOM BOOM BOOM --- 5 years ago -

You can ice after surgery. Lmao

Sucks. Hope its not your good arm. Keep us updated! 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

Surgery scheduled for November 21st.... 

BOOM BOOM BOOM --- 5 years ago -

Hey my sons first bday! 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

Then it will be a good day! You need to give him chocolate cake with chocolate icing as a smash cake and send me pictures! 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

I am scared though because I don't want to be out of work very long and I am afraid I might be.... 

BOOM BOOM BOOM --- 5 years ago -

You should be fine as long as you dont have to pick anything up. My friend went through it last year, she did her PT and can now do back bends with no problem. I dont see why you cant go yo work within a week. 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

Praying that I can! I took one week and one day off. I may see about taking my laptop home.... 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

Holy crappola batman! My arm is hurting like all get out today! Change in the weather or what?!?!?!?!?!

vent over. Sigh. 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

don't mind me.... just need to whine...


waaahhhhhh..... all pain meds stopped in preparation for surgery....

scared....hurting...and tired.... come on relief........... sniff.... 

Shannon --- 5 years ago -

How is it going, Vicky? 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

Hey Shannon. Surgery Thursday.... Then hoping for 4 days of sleep.....

Praying I will have a lot to be thankful for next Thursday!

How are you? 

BOOM BOOM BOOM --- 5 years ago -

Have fun Vicky! Hope they give you lots of good drugs! Im making a basketball cupcake cake for my little ones first bday manana! Thinkin of you! 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

done. pain starting... not as bad as thought... I have pictures!!!

happy birthday baby boom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

BOOM BOOM BOOM --- 5 years ago -

Pop those pills! Then watch the JCPenny commericals with the dudes waggin their "bells" 

Shannon --- 5 years ago -

I good, was just wondering how the shoulder was going. Hope it heals quickly!! 

Vicky (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

Can't wait to see that commercial Boom! Taking half or less of what was prescribed. Can't stand the loopies....

Thanks Shannon! Hope you are doing great!

Gonna be a good Thanksgiving. I may have permission to work from home tomorrow! 

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