Not exactly a paleo question. Has anyone had shoulder surgery? How was the recovery? How long did it take you to get back to "normal" ("normal" meaning "active")?
I've been diagnosed (via MRI) with an extensive glenoid labrum tear in my left shoulder. It's likely that I've been living with this injury for many years as there is evidence of calcification of the injury. Back in my yoga years, certain poses and movements would give me trouble with that shoulder, but nothing serious.
Fast forward to a few months ago. I've been doing CrossFit for about a year and a half and really liking it. Last October, I started having a lot of pain with movements like pullups, presses, KB presses, etc. Saw a doc, got a shot, did a lot of shoulder strengthening exercises, got Airrosti rehab treatments (highly recommended), spent a lot of time working on my shoulder muscles with a Thera Cane and with la crosse balls. All that helped, but I still have a lot of pain with certain movements. Pullups are impossible, presses are painful, etc. Finally had an MRI procedure.
Having exhausted the non-invasive therapies, we're now talking surgery to repair the labrum. It's an increasingly common arthroscopic surgery procedure to abrade the torn part of the labrum and, if necessary, re-attach the labrum to the bone. I know a few people that have had this surgery; they all did fine, but I don't know anyone who has had this surgery who does (or wants to continue doing) CrossFit-like workouts and/or weightlifting. I've been reading on the web that a full recovery (to the point where I could be lifting heavy weights again) could take as long as a year. Yikes!
Sorry for the long post, but I'm stuck trying to decide what to do. If anyone out there has experience with this sort of injury, or with the surgery and recovery, or any other helpful pointers, I'd very much appreciate hearing about it.
I had my rotator cuff rebuilt by DR Cooper from Dallas (Dallas Cowboys shoulder guy) back in 1998. I was pretty bad off, couldn't get my wallet out of my back pocket without it dislocating. Still playing ball at the time, but with little effectiveness. They had to put a nerve block in to complete the surgery (temporarily paralyzing the arm) which lasted for about 72 hours. As soon as the sutures healed (10 days) they had me in physical therapy working on range of motion. This was one of the most painful experiences of my life. Once I had the correct range of motion I was released to start strength training at my own pace. One month after the surgery I was back to 80% strength and today it is actually the stronger of the two shoulders...
You have to be honest with your Doctor. Let him know your goals and what you plan on doing with the rest of your life. He will guide you in the right direction if he is worth the money.
The biggest hang up I had was the mental game. Learning to trust something that has failed you in the past.
Bottom line, the faster you can get back to training the faster your recovery is going to be.
Not a doctor, just someone who has been there before.
Broke my collarbone back in 2007. At the time, I was eating SAD and I attribute that in large measure to the break, which was quite bad. I began eating gluten-free during the recovery period, which lasted six to nine months. Actually, there was still pain a year later, but the worst of it was over. Today, there's nothing left but the scar. (And also the titanium piece, which is still in place.) I believe if I'd gone even further with the dietary changes at that time (e.g., no grains, etc.) my recovery would have been quicker. As it was, I didn't get to that point until about a year ago.
I had three labrum surgeries. Long story short, it was a disaster. A mix of surgeon error and me messing up resulted in much worse chronic shoulder pain. That being said, everybody I know who had similar surgeries wound up just fine, and the lifting ones can still lift.
My advice would be to not stray from PT guidelines (even if your doctor instructs you too!), make sure to use the ice machine thingy after surgery, and not panic if things go a little wrong. They won't though, because labrum repairs are typically easier than cuff repairs. Unless it's a reverse Bankhart or a multi-ligament concurrent repair.
DON'T GIVE UP THE CROSSFIT!!!! I had a complete tear of my rotator cuff and a SLAP lesion to my labrum, playing softball, not crossfit. I was very active doing crossfit and I am CERTAIN my coaches are the reason I returned to work so early (if that's what you want). If you have great coaches they will work with you to get the shoulder back to 100% before you know it. I was doing lying down kettle bell hold with the little kettle bell 6 days after surgery. I was doing "half" of a tgu's at about 6 weeks with an 18#, and was released back to work at 3 months. I am a police officer and when I originally had the surgery, they told me at least 4, probably 6 months. I am disappointed by the amount of time to get full mobility (because of the r.c., I think) I was doing unbanded pull ups at 12 to 15 a time, but can't do them yet because of it hurting, but I am only 5 months out from surgery. They told me 8 to 12 months before full recovery too, but I am going to make it earlier ;) I am push pressing close to what I was, 25# less, but I'll take it.
I will forewarn you that it is the worse pain you will ever feel. I had a female friend tell me she had done natural child birth TWICE and this surgery hurt worse than either pregnancy/birth. USE THE ICE!!! I also took Motrin, which isn't very PALEO, but only took it for the original prescription and very limited ibuprofen after. Good luck!!!
I am a pitcher and I had surgery to repair a fully torn rotator cuff. He also repaired a torn labrum. I am redshirting this season. I want to be back fully 100% by next season. Is it possible to come back stronger and throwing harder after an injury like this?
I'll be curious to hear about your recovery as well, since I've had a torn labrum for almost a year now. I had PT for it for 10 weeks, and my Therapist released me to work at my own pace. I'm stronger now, but too much force applied downward will still sublux the shoulder.
I just had shoulder surgery because of two tears, I'm very big on weight Lifting, and psychical work. I really don't know what to think or how to Act. I feel like I'm lossing it because of this heavy pain I'm in. How long Would it take to get full strength back, and have full use of my arm? My doctor Said no pt for four weeks, is that right, can I do anything at the moment??
Just had surgery 4 weeks ago on my shoulder, got another 4 weeks in a sling then 6 months of physio. I tried just strengthening the muscles at the gym but because i had dislocated it 12 times over 4 years when i went to apply for the parachute regiment they said i had to go get a stabilisation operation on it.. Im hoping the physio will heal it so it doesnt happen again as my career depends on it.. Any tips to maintain the rest of my fitness and physique while im in my sling? cheers guys
Had rotator cuff and bicep tendon surgery one week ago.Im 69 tomorrow and could not play golf anymore so decided to get it fixed rather than lie around the rest of my life. This is tough surgery! The most pain comes from rehab work which I started immediately at a PT facility 3x per week and at home the other 7 days. There is no time off! You wear a protective sling for 8 weeks, the most important time being at night while sleeping when you have the greatest chance of injuring yourself unconsciously! I've been told that total rehab time is normally 14 weeks and you're at 80% after 6 months and 100% after a year. This is surgery not to be taken lightly. Only do it if you're lifestyle is unacceptable without it. I did PT for three months to see if it would do the trick plus I had a Corto. shot. It didn't improve so I elected surgery. It's no fun but I'm now committed! Good luck! Bob
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