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Shoulder problems

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by warbux, Jan 23, 2012.

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  1. warbux

    warbux TS Member

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    I know this has been discussed before,but if I have to have shoulder surgry, how long might I expect to be off from shoothing Thanx Max
     
  2. grntitan

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    Depends on what you are having done. I have had three surgeries on the same shoulder and my time off varied from 3 to 6 months. I am having my left shoulder replaced and they told me 3 months before i can start easing into it again.

    The right answer is whatever your Doctor tells you. Follow his directions to the "T".
     
  3. Blaser F3

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    I had surgery on my rotater cuff and I was close to having a dead limb but I was only off for 2 months and when i started again I had to shoot 1oz. loads for about a month and couldn't shoot handicap for 2 because I couldn't use my Nitros but all in all I was out for 2 months and I'm shooting better than ever, I kept bothering my doctor and he let me go back early.
     
  4. Bruce Specht

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    I need to throw in my two cents, I've had 5 surgeries on my left shoulder, I'm right handed. I burned through the first total replacement in 12 years and had it replaced three years ago. Follow your Dr's avise and your PT's the harder you work the sooner you'll regain total use of your shoulder. The toughest part is breaking up the scar tissue.Don't over due but stick to and keep up with the excersie.
     
  5. Jon Reitz

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    I just had rotator cuff surgery on my left shoulder about 12 hours ago. This was the second one on the same shoulder. The first one was just about 10-1/2 weeks ago. As posted above, PT is important, BUT doing too much too soon is the worst thing you can do. That's how I got hurt and this surgery ended up much worse than the first one. I rebuilt a lot of muscle and grip strength, but way too soon. Take it easy.

    I would try my very best to not be real hopeful of a quick recovery because it is too easy to get hurt. If I can't shoot this year, I'm starting to realize that there are more important things in life, and nobody enjoys shooting trap more than I do. I just want my health back.

    Good luck to you warbux. I hope all goes well for you.

    Jon Reitz
     
  6. warbux

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    Thanks for all the insight, I was hoping injections would have worked but Iam not feelin that right now, back to the doc on friday thanx max
     
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    How did your folks' shoulder symptoms show up?
     
  8. grntitan

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    buzz,

    Mine started as a Sports Injury that resulted in a completely detached labrum and rotator tear. I couldn't lift my shoulder above chest level and my shoulder would dislocate just waving at somebody. The resulting surgery was not able to be done by scope because of the extent of the damage. That Old injury resulted in arthritis which caused bone spurs. I had to have the bone spurs removed a few times. All the Cartilage is now gone from shoulder. The Cartilage is the covering on the bones that allows the joint to work smoothly. The result of the Cartilage being gone is grinding from it being bone on bone. It is very painful.

    Some ways to tell you may have a problem is constant pain and loss of strength. You will also lose range of motion and may experience dislocation. If you really think you might have an injury, seek out a specialist. Leave the family docs for the common colds.
     
  9. Barry C. Roach

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    Bruce Specht. When you had your redo, did they do a traditional or a "reverse ball"?
     
  10. Beretta687EELL

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    I've had both rotator cuffs repaired and am waiting to see the surgeon about having the right shoulder repaired again. I found it to be six to eight weeks.

    I will add my voice to the "do the PT exactly as you are told, no more and no less". Bill Malcolm
     
  11. Jon Reitz

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    Max,

    The surgeon who did mine advised I wait six months before shooting again. That was the first time. I didn't even ask him yesterday after I came out of the anesthesia. I'm sure, given the right circumstances, that timeframe could be shorter for some, but right now I just want a full recovery.

    Several folks I spoke with at rehabilitation said six months was about the right number. The surgeon’s assistant said that after a year the shoulder would be as good as it would get, given a successful operation, PT, and recovery. Even then, there might be good days and some not so good. We’ll see. I will err on the side of being extra cautious this time when it comes to physical therapy and being careful about not doing things I shouldn’t. I WILL NOT be too proud to ask for help with things this time around as I park my impatient, type-A+ ass on the couch and wait.

    Again, good luck with your shoulder.

    Thanks,

    Jon Reitz
     
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    Mr. Reitz,

    Tough way to learn a lesson. Having had my own hell with my shoulder, I certainly sympathize for you. I too rushed things and had a set back except mine didn't result in another surgery. I was lucky. Take it easy this time. There will be plenty of time for shooting when you get healthy. Take care.
     
  13. Mountainsteve

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    I am also interested in the symptoms. My right shoulder sometimes aches at night. I cannot sleep on my right side but I can lift my right arm above my head without pain. However I cannot scratch my left shoulder with my right hand. Too painful. I plan on seeing the doctor very soon but curious about your symptons.
     
  14. Jon Reitz

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    Steve / Max,

    The damage could be in the rear of the shoulder. I think it’s just very difficult to pinpoint damage to a shoulder specifically by symptoms. They will vary.

    They can start out passively, cortisone injections, etc., but in the end an MRI of the shoulder will probably be ordered. But the MRI is only a roadmap. It will serve as a guide. Once a surgeon opens the shoulder up, he/she will know exactly what the damage is, but not before.

    Mine had full thickness tears to the rotator cuff. No pain meds yet (this time). The first time I followed the post-op instructions for pain management to a tee, and wound up in the emergency room for a night due to a horrible reaction to the pain killers. Since I have a high tolerance for pain I’m going to take advantage of that this time around. It hurts like hell, but we ain’t walkin’ that dog again.

    Check out your secondary medical insurance coverage beforehand. Find out what they will pay. Your portion of those bills could be very high. I have TRICARE for Life, so mine is zero.

    Last, don’t go nuts over the PT too early. Move the arm and shoulder every day. As I stated earlier, I disagreed with another poster here because you can hurt yourself (emphasis on the word hurt).

    Good luck to you guys.

    Jon Reitz
     
  15. blade819

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    I had a torn labrum, torn bicep and 2 bone spurs on my shoulder blade repaired all on my shooting shoulder. I shot about 5 months after the surgery. The doctor and physical therapist will probably let it be up to you but I would say 3 months for sure. Good luck.

    blade819
     
  16. mooney

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    Rick, Yes. When I had my shoulder replaced in 2002, my Orthopaedist asked what I did prior to my retirement and what I did for recreation.Roofing and Trap.That was the first time I heard the words "repettitive trauma"

    Mooney
     
  17. Barry C. Roach

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    Hey Rick B....... try 20 minutes of ice pack and follow-up with that heat. Works for me when things get knarley.
     
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