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Discussion: Rotator cuff

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Oct. 9, 2007
JTW12
8 posts
Rotator cuff
Just went thru surgery Aug 3 2007 and still stiff and sore .I really thought I would feel better by now . If you have had this problem can you give some advise on what to do and what not to do so I will ready to play next year?
Oct. 10, 2007
John27
Men's 50
32 posts
JTW12, I had rotator cuff surgery in July of 2004. I had dislocated my shoulder and had a significant tear of the rotator cuff. About 4-6 weeks after the operation the pain went away and I started the rehabilatation process. I was going to rehab 2-3 times a week for about 2 months. The rehab specialist was the best and pushed me hard. I took some batting practice in November 2004 with no pain, but did not start playing again until late spring of 2005. I usually play ss but moved to 2nd until I was sure my arm was good. By the summer of 2005 I was back at ss and my arm still feels fine. It's probably 90% of what it was, don't quite have the same velocity, but at 52, I'm thankful to be playing. Rehab properly and you will be rewarded. Good Luck!
Oct. 10, 2007
Nick
Men's 50
10 posts
JTW12, I also had rotator cuff surgery in August of 2004. I had a complete tear on my throwing arm. It was not until April of the next year when I could start throwing again. It took almost one year before I got full strenght back in my arm. I also started rehab approximately 6 weeks after my surgery. It was very difficult but necessary. My arm feels fine now and I'm playing regularly. Good luck with your recovery.
Oct. 10, 2007
hornachec
Men's 55
50 posts
JTW12
Had the surgery in mid Oct. a few years back...will take 5 - 6 months before you will be able to start really throwing again. Follow your rehab faithfully...takes about a year for arm/shoulder strength to get back to where it was before surgery. Until then hit the cut off man!
Oct. 10, 2007
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
418 posts
I agree with everything that's been said above. I had the surgery on New Year's Eve 1999 and played my first tournament in June, 2000. The arm wasn't really strong until almost a full year after the surgery.

I found I had to challenge the therapist a little at first. Once I convinced him that, despite my age (55 at the time), I was serious about getting back to softball at as high a level as possible, he worked me hard and it paid off. I was in therapy from mid-February though May.

Don't just rely on the therapy sessions. Be sure to do the take home work as well. I did a 30 minute routine every morning and evening.

After you finish rehab, you can find a good set of instructions to maintain the rotator cuff muscles at the website below.

http://www.spinalhealth.net/ex-rot.html

Good luck with the rehab. With a little work you should be GTG by next season.
Oct. 10, 2007
JTW12
8 posts
Thank you so much for the help. I do not feel that my therapist is in any hurry for me to get well or they think I am to old to really push me. I do therapy 3 times a week and I do everything they give me but I am doing it alone, they just kind of drift by and say good job then move on. I also do my stretching at home. Sould I be doing any kind of cable work at the gym? i GUESS WHEN i SEE MY DOCTOR IN 2 WEEKS i SHOULD TELL HIM i NEED TO BE PUSHED MORE DURING THERAPY. i NEED TO BE WELL ENOUGH TO PLAY IN TOURNAMENT O CHAMPIONS IN Feb. JTW Mens50
Oct. 11, 2007
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
418 posts
My recollection is that at your stage of therapy I was getting some manual manipulation by the therapist each session. The other excercises were mostly light stretching and range of motion. It sounds to me like you're on track.

I was rehabbing alongside another guy with a torn rotator cuff, who worked at the post office and was on on workers comp. He was more interested in staying off work as long as possible than in getting well. When I said challenge the therapist, I guess I really meant make sure you he knows you're serious about your rehab.

If you had the surgery at the first of August, it's realistic to think you might be ready for the Tournament of Champions. Just don't expect to be firing lasers from deep in the hole to first base.

Good Luck.
Oct. 11, 2007
JTW12
8 posts
Hey Texas I appreciate your input, sounds like you have been where I am now. I only pitch and catch so I want be throwing any BB"s any where. At 54 I guess I am afraid of not playing anymore and I am not willling to give up just yet, I feel like I am pushing myself but I have never had any type of surgery so I had nothing to compare it to. Again thanks a lot you made me feel better and look foreward to maybe seeing you on the field in the future. Keep swinging and keep your glove on the ground at short. JTW12
Oct. 12, 2007
MK39
Men's 50
333 posts
Torn Labrum and Rotator Cuff:
I went and tore both at the same time. I will have Surgery in November after the Phoenix Worlds.
I have been unable to hit even a golf ball since this injury 4 weeks ago and finaly went to the doctors for this finding.
Any one have any idea how long rehab will be for this type of injury and my hitting when healed will only be golf balls in the future.
Thanks for any advice.
Mike Kelly
Kelly's Sports/ Miken 50's in Phoenix
Oct. 12, 2007
Lecak
Men's 55
1006 posts
Good luck in Phoenix by the way. Mike I had a complete shoulder rebuild back in 1986 after two failed experimental surgeries. Everything was shot too hell. My experience has been that anything 90 degrees or above I lose some strength, all the rest no issues. I think this will answer I placed in the top 8 in the district finals several years ago in Mesquite in a long drive contest one step from qualifying for the finals you see on TV. Haven't tried since maybe next year. My doctor was very agressive and so was I on my rehab match made in heaven, I was lifting weights in a week and swinging a 9 iron about 6 weeks later. Good luck with the surgery. Can't remember when I played a round though want to say 3 months. I'm supposedly a 10 handicap.
Oct. 12, 2007
Lecak
Men's 55
1006 posts
One other note I agree with everyone here who challenged their doctor and therapist and yourself. Also don't discount the value of muscle memory. My therapist had a favorite saying long muscles are strong muscles, strength comes from having a full range of motion not how much weight you can lift. Those 2,3 and 5 lbs weights and theraband really can extend your range.
Oct. 12, 2007
MK39
Men's 50
333 posts
Lecak:
Thanks for the encoraging story.
After this i stick to hitting the small ball as it don't hit back like the big one has done the past year or so.
I can hook you up with Rick P. as he plays golf every sunday and you can take my place but only until i come back from rehabbing.
Thanks again
MK39
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