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Jan. 17, 2013
Rainmans
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rotator cuff rehab

After the surgery, I couldnít lift my right hand without help from my left hand. I started PT (was painful) the following week after the surgery and continued for 8 weeks (2 times/week). I also did daily exercises (stretching, elastic bandsÖ) at home. I was fortunate my therapist was a baseball pitcher and he said it would take a year to be at 100%. He stated swinging a bat wouldnít be an issue early in the recovery cycle but my throwing ability would be limited. He warned me to be careful throwing the ball too hard/early as I could reinjure the shoulder (didnít want to relive that pain again) because the tissues soft and are still healing. I began playing catch (approx. 10-20 feet) with my wife after 2 months and began throwing a tennis ball at a wall (40 throws increasing Ė over time - to 100 throws per day). I played in a tournament about 4 months after surgery. Swing the bat was okay but I could tell I didnít have the strength/power I had prior to the injury. I also did not throw the ball hard (lobs and relays). I began lifting light weights (5 lbs.), push-ups (5), and other exercises at 4 months and have slowly increased the weight and repetitions. Itís been 8 months since the surgery and Iím stronger than I was before the injury and I feel Iím 90% recovered (the year timeframe seems accurate).
Jan. 13, 2013
Rainmans
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rotator cuff rehab

missouridave, I had the exact same issues/surgery you had and I'd be extremely careful about pushing it too hard and too fast as you could re-injure your shoulder and it could result in having to redo your surgery. The surgeon that performed my surgery is a triathlete (extremely great shape), has performed near 1000 of these operations, and understands the needs and desires of an athlete. He told me several stories of individuals who thought they felt okay and/or wanted to rush the normal healing process only to have it end in disaster (e.g., swinging a golf club striking the ground). I've headed that advice and I'm in better shape than I was before the injury. It was a downer having to wait but I didn't want to re-experience the surgery and lose any progress that I had made.

Jan. 12, 2013
Rainmans
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rotator cuff rehab

I had a total rotator cuff separation and had surgery to repair it 8 months ago. The above advice (i.e., therapy, exercises...) is good and stay with it.
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