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torn rotator cuff what to do?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by theclaysmoker, Jan 6, 2011.

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  1. theclaysmoker

    theclaysmoker TS Member

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    Have a real sore right shoulder. Doctor wants me to get MRI. What can I expect and whats the time down from shooting?
     
  2. Beretta687EELL

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    Depends on how bad it is ... from about 2 months to a year, after surgery, if required. Bill Malcolm
     
  3. twcpdc

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    Hard to answer but I had the surgery 12/1 I expect to be shooting late march or April. Get the MRI you only have a short window to get the tear repaired. My injury happen 6/18 the muscle could not be pulled back to be attached in the proper place. The surgery may not work leaving a much more extensive surgery in the future. Good Luck Tom
     
  4. Quack Shot

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    For Me, One shoulder has been repaired and one is not operable. A lot depends on exactly what is wrong and where. Your Doctor/Surgeon is the best source of information on what to do and how long you need to recover.
     
  5. Ahab

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    I tore a muscle in my right rotator cuff. Doc said 50/50 chance with surgery, so I asked what else was possible?

    He gave me a big rubber thingy and showed me how to exercise with it ... said it would build up the muscles on each side of the tear.

    One day when I was doing the exercise ... it dawned on me ... it was the same as the stroke pulling the handle on my PW! Now I load 3 times a week.

    Only problem ... I am loading faster than I can shoot them up ... 41 flats loaded ahead now.
     
  6. TEXASZEPHYR

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    Ahab, 41 flats is cheaper than the surgry, and your looking at something that is guaranteed. Use the saved m,oney for aammo and shooting. You could probably put the priceof a new gun in thee too.

    Bob
     
  7. chipking

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    If you are loading on a MEC SELL IT and get anything else. As for the surgery with my wife at 65 it was 6 weeks just to get her out of the sling and at 6 months she could use her arm but still had pain. A year later she still has discomfort and trouble lifting. I have decided to live with mine as long as possible before I let anybody operate.

    --- Chip King ---
     
  8. grntitan

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    Having had (3) shoulder surgeries and in need of a replacement, i contest that it is a painful and slow recovery. Is it worth doing? Depends on how much it limits your daily activity. Thats what i would use to determine to have surgery or wait. The surgery in my cases was last ditch. It had made my daily normal activities next to impossible. After every surgery was healed up i asked myself, "why didn't i do that sooner".

    P.S. If you are considering the surgery, practice doing everything now with only your good arm. It will be sometime before your wiping your arse with that arm again.

    Matt
     
  9. SARGE75X

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    I have a full thickness tear of the supraspinatus muscle in my L shoulder. I talked to Dr at Ortho Indy, and then declined the surgery, it bothers me at times and I cant lie on my left side to sleep, but other than that no big deal.
     
  10. theclaysmoker

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    There is always some jack off who opens his big non helping mouth
     
  11. bill1949

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    My right shoulder rotator cuff was torn almost completely off. It was so bad the Doctor had to use the old style surgery with a large incision instead of the scope. Three months of physical therapy and five months not shooting for me. It now feels great, wish I hadn't waited so long to have the surgery...Bill
     
  12. grntitan

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    Bill--That is what happened to me the first time. I shouldn't have put it off either. It got so sloppy it would dislocate closing a door with that arm. Waiting to have an issue fixed often makes the problem get worse. They don't heal themselves properly if any. My incision from the first surgery goes from under my arm to the top. The cuff was torn and the Labrum had detached.

    Get the MRI so you at least know how serious your issue really is. I would at least talk to the Docs. They are the ones with the real answers not us.

    Matt
     
  13. Ross

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    If I'm interpreting your post correctly you have not had the MRI yet?? When I had shoulder trouble (couldn't even open a door) & went to the Dr. (Orthopedic guy) he took xray & MRIs. It turned out that my rotor cuff was not torn, I had a >frozen< shoulder, I asked what's that, he smiled & said that's good luck for you, sent me to a Physical Therapist for a couple months. Therapy hurts but it's a lot less than surgery plus therapy. My shoulder works much better now not 100% probably never will be & I'm getting along just fine. So get the MRI. FIRST & see what your Dr. recommends. Best of luck to you. Ross Puls
     
  14. Big Jack

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    Find a good Dr. and listen to him! After two botched surgeries on ny right shoulder, I went to the Cleveland Clinic to meet with a master of his craft. After he and two other Drs. examined me & the x-rays they cam up with the only possibility left. A reverse Shoulder! Never heard of it but they tell me it has been performed in Europe for a few years. After agreeing and reading all I could find I let them go ahead..A month with a sling three more months in therapy and that shoulder full of hardware works like the original.. They advised me against shooting from that shoulder again so I have made the switch to left side shooting and its finally starting to work. They also advised that if I feel like I going to fall, land on your head..they can fix that easier.
    Look out world, I'm coming back!

    Big Jack
     
  15. grntitan

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    Big Jack---The reverse shoulder as you call it is what my Doctor has suggested for me. He said in laymens terms its where the ball is on the shoulder and the socket on the arm bone. I don't understand the concept completetly either but they say the recepients have more range of motion and they are supposed last longer. I'm put'n off the replacement for now as my Doc recommended.

    Matt
     
  16. GW22

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    The shoulder is the most complex (i.e. complicated) joint in the human body and it is important to understand that the "rotator cuff" is actually four different muscles and a bunch of tendons. So a half-dozen people can have a "torn rotator cuff" and each of their injuries can be significantly different from all the others.

    I've had multiple shoulder surgeries ranging from arthroscopic "clean-ups" to total joint replacement. With one surgery I was back to shooting in a week, and yet with another I was still in a huge rigid brace a month after surgery and couldn't shoot for months (even though it wasn't my gun shoulder). So this question is like asking, "I have a leg injury, what can I expect?"

    Do yourself a huge favor and consult an experienced orthopedic surgeon who operates on shoulders at least 200 times per year. Only a hard core shoulder specialist like this can provide a meaningful evaluation and reliably predict results of surgery. A layman or a family physician barely even comprehends the complexity of the human shoulder with all it's potential injuries.

    -Gary
     
  17. Barry C. Roach

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    Right now the best advice is to get started. Research surgeons. Don't just rely on a medical provider to send you to his or her choice to do the operation. Ask around. Once you have selected a surgeon then push to get the ball rolling. They will probably want you to have some steroidal injections, physical therapy and self therapy first. And heck that may be enough but the insurance company wants you to do that cheaper stuff first before shelling out for more aggressive care.

    If you don't push the system a bit you will lengthen your suffering and waiting time unnecessarily.

    The best to you, Barry C. Roach: Both shoulders replaced in 2005, both hips replaced in 2006-7 and right knee replaced in 2008 and a spinal fusion 6 weeks ago. Good luck buddy and get rolling.
     
  18. grntitan

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    The last (2) posts are the best advice given thus far.

    Matt
     
  19. GW22

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    Holy Moly, Barry -- you're like the Bionic man! Or a survivor, anyway. Good for you.

    -Gary
     
  20. Bruce Specht

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    GW 22 is right on! I've had 5 surgeries to the same shoulder including a replacement and a revison of the replacement. Each surgery was differnt and time not shooting varied. Find a ortho surgeon that is a shoulder guy and let him and your pain level dicate when and what you do.
     
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