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March 23, 2008
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
rotator cuff surgery
i had rotator cuff and my bicep surgery on jan. 25. has anyone had similar surgeries and how long does it take to come back 100% ? i play SS on a 55 AAA team and i am going nuts not being able to play. i am going to therapy and doing ALL the exercises at home. i see a big difference in my range and my therapist says i am really amazing her with my recovery, any ideal ?
thanks
March 23, 2008
bogie
Men's 55
165 posts
I feel your pain brother. I totally severed or had full thickness tears on my infra and supra on my right shoulder a year ago. Once they tore completely the pain went away but of course the joint is weaker. I opted for no surgery and lifting to make the surrounding muscles stronger...(since I do not field much and it affected throwing more.) It was the out ward flexors of my top arm so it did not affect my swing as much. Now I have torn my left shoulder rotator cuff and will need surgery. People who have not experienced this will never understand how brutal it is and how much it affects your swing and throwing. Johnny McGraw, one of the top pros, I think has had 5 or 6 shoulder surgeries and just had both done. I believe he has an 8month and 4 month recovery period. I also know of a Woodlawn hitting club man, who is 80 and had rotator last year and is throwing fine. So get it done..as much as it hurts to miss some tournaments or the season.
Which side did you tear..front or rear and which tendons?
Ken Van Bogaert
Roberts 50 major
March 23, 2008
pete88
Men's 50
46 posts
I had the rotor cuff surgery about 5 years ago. I'm now 51. As I recall (I use this term loosely), it was 4-6 months. I remember all the brutal therapy sessions that seemed neverending. I also remember being ready for the start of ball season, which was 6 months from surgery date. Although the whole process was a hassle, it was well worth the sacrafice. Hope you have a speedier recovery than I did. Good Luck.
Pete
Scap Iron 50's
March 23, 2008
THECAT
59 posts
First of all, throwing arm or catching arm?
Throwning longer, 9 to 12 months. Start playing about the 5th month. Short distant throwning after 5 to 6 months. Chop down hitting during the 5 to 6 month.
Catching arm 4 to 6 months. The healing takes about 8 months.
Remember if you don't strengthen and strart to early and do too much to early you will be back to see the Doctor again. If you can stay off of antiinflamatories. Ice the shoulder as much as possible for no more than 10 minutes after exercises and playing.
Had both done within the last 3 years. No problems playing full out since I was carefull. Remember that when you play and if you are competitve you do things you shouldn't during the healing process.
March 23, 2008
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
424 posts
I had cuff surgery on New Year's Eve, 1999. Remember watching the turn of the century ceremonies clear around the word that night because I couldn't sleep. With a lot of therapy (3 thimes a week with the therapist, plus two thirty minute sessions on my own every day), I was able to play outfield by June, but the arm wasn't full strength until the following season.
March 24, 2008
mad dog
Men's 65
3958 posts
had mine in feb 98(for the second time as i didn't follow docs orders the first time)on my glove hand.it took almost 2 yrs to fully recover and i still have a problem going over my head to catch line drives(about 2 ft over).it feels like i'm climbing steps to go up above the head(arm going up in sections).now up to the head i'm ok,so i can protect myself on that note.fielding anything lo is ok.now for the biceps,both of mine are torn,and i don't have a problem with them.don't need biceps for softball i guess.
my prol now is a knee that just aches and sometimes has a shooting pain go thru it,it gives me the ol man limp or shuffle.
March 24, 2008
bogie
Men's 55
165 posts
mad dog
just curious how you are tearing your biceps?

A great exercise for removing knee pain and keeping them mobile is to do full squats with just a bar and a few weights.
Use a bench to lower on until your butt hits...do 3 sets of 15 reps every day. I have had 4 knee surgeries and have no anterior cruciate in one knee..but my knees are painfree. This promotes blood flow and stimulates the entire range of motion..a college strength coach told me about it and its amazing. Use light weights and go down parallel. I use 135 lbs, doing the 3 sets everyday. Sometimes the first few are hard, but its an amazing exercise to keep mobile.
March 24, 2008
bashbro1
Men's 60
266 posts
Hey Bogie you large animal beast!!!
What if you only weight say 140lbs....is 135lbs still consider LIGHT WEIGHTS???

Post Script: Bogie, you know I not the one weight 140lbs right? Try 240lbs.

Bashbro1 (W.E. Ruth 60's playing out of Kent, WA Super Major Plus Dudes)
March 24, 2008
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
Guys , thank you so much for all the info. I wish all of you the best in 2008 and stay safe ! It sure feels good to know that people you don't even know , care about you. It means a lot !!
THANKS !!!
March 24, 2008
mad dog
Men's 65
3958 posts
bogie,i did the left bicep about 7 months after rotator cuff surgery(feb 98) on that shoulder.i was using andron(it was legal to buy than)and creatine to help repair quicker.not sure if that was the problem or not.i went to field a ball(line drive type) that was hit on my right side and just above my head,i just threw the glove up and felt the pop.the doc who did me said he had tighten my shoulder up after my failed first surgery(my fault,not doc's).
right side went, taking bp one day.felt the bicep start to cramp and thought swinging a bat wouldn't do anything to it,i was wrong.
the knee just started having a problem.i'm a lifter and do squats,usaully in a machine.this feels more like a cramp in the back of the knee and then will radiate out and around to the front.i can run to leg out extra bases,its just walking movements that bother.
thanks for the info.
March 24, 2008
mad dog
Men's 65
3958 posts
forgot to add,after the left bicep tore my shoulder lossen up real nice. go firgure.
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