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Discussion: Rehab after biceps, shoulder and rotator cuff surgery

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Jan. 22, 2013
Donny C
54 posts
Rehab after biceps, shoulder and rotator cuff surgery
I see there have been some good discussions on rotator/shoulder surgery of late. i just had my second one, the first took 2 years to heal correctly. I also had biceps surgery the same time 2 weeks ago and cannot start therapy on it for 6 weeks. Therapy started on the rotator and shoulder last week. Has anyone any info about biceps surgery and why it takes so long to heal. The Doc says I can play ball in June. Donny C
Jan. 22, 2013
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
Donny C, I have rotator cuff surgery and my bicep had pulled off the groove..........Doctor did both at the same time and scraped some bone spurs off......it took me a "full" year to come back.....don't rush it buddy

GOOD LUCK !
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Jan. 23, 2013
Donny C
54 posts
#6 I thank you for your input. You seemed to have the same thing I have and they found the bicep damage while doing the rotator cuff. One year off that coinsides with what I have been told and I was hoping it would be less. At our age one year is a lot but better than not playing after the year is up. I will continue with my shoulder therapy and see what happens with the biceps therapyin another month. Donny C
Jan. 23, 2013
birdie
Men's 60
681 posts
I asked my therapist today if the bicep tendon repair had any effect on the rehab of the rotator cuff. She said that the rehab was practically the same whether bicep tendon surgery was added or not. It just takes time to rehab the rotator cuff.I looked at my protocol and on the 27th week I can begin a throwing program that is almost 7 months after the surgery. I did have bicep tendon repair also. Thanks Harry
Jan. 25, 2013
Donny C
54 posts
Harry: 27 weeks before you start a throwing program, that is a long time and explains the severity of the injury. I have learned the hard way to follow advice from the therapist, I had to go through therapy twice the last time I had rotator cuff surgery and still cannot throw the ball like I could before the surgery. I will follow recommendations and hopefully this will lead me to a sucessful rehab. Thank you and keep with the program and we will see each other on the field. Donny C.
Jan. 25, 2013
bogie
Men's 55
154 posts
I do know of many players who have had rotator cuff surgery, including a 78 year old at Woodlawn Hitting Club and after a year, he had rehabbed and did well with it. 4 years ago, I had both my infra and supra tendons develop full thickness tears on my right rotator cuff. They hurt like crazy when they finally tore thru, but after that, the pain went away and I did the best to strenghten the surrounding muscles to compensate. I also tore a tendon of my left bicep muscle several years ago, no surgery, just the popeye muscle bulge. And a portion of my right bicep was torn partially for the past year. It always hurt to hit some, but I have a very high threshold of pain..Im not tough, I just don't feel alot of pain. I was hitting this past week, when suddenly a sharp pain I felt in my right shoulder and bicep. My entire upper arm turned black and blue, and bulged. I had torn a bicep tendon on right arm. The interesting thing, was I was able to keep hitting at a high level all week. Once the tear finished, the pain was gone. I have opted not to have the surgeries on the rotator and biceps. I am 59 and only catch or dh in national play. Locally I pitch some, but overhand throwing is not strong. I have had to compensate on my swing at times, but never missed much time. I have had to pullsnap more or pushsnap more, due to weakness from these injuries, but overall, I think I hit the ball about as well as I have ever been able to. I have read that rotator cuff tears or impingenments can cut or fray the bicep tendons, so even though the surgery and rehap is long and sometimes not as successful, it may save the bicep tendons. I am sure by 70, I will have more issues from these injuries and lack of surgery. Just wanted to offer my experience with bypassing surgery.
Here is a similar article i found on pros and cons of surgery
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=142071761&page=1
Ken Van Bogaert, Roberts/Pope 55s
Jan. 27, 2013
birdie
Men's 60
681 posts
Bogie, Sounds painful to me. I am glad that you are able to still play with the injury. I needed to get the shoulder done not just for the physical reason but mentally I needed to get back to being a position player and you have to throw to do that. Thanks Harry
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