You know I did not have any PT prior to surgery on my right shoulder on 5/14, and much of the PT I did for my right shoulder was also being done with my left shoulder as it required both arms. Surprisingly, I have no brusing on my left shoulder and very little pain. I expect my PT to be a bit easier on my left shoulder as it does not seem to be so tight. I walked for 30 minutes today with no pain, I could not do this after my right shoulder surgery.
Agree with tennisgrl. I did cortisone shots and 8 weeks PT. It helped with pain, if I didn't do much. But, I play a lot of sports, and the pain was still there with sports. I'm 4 weeks post-op, doing very well. ROM is better than expected. I'm sure the PT before surgery made a positive difference in how I'm feeling now.
Thank you for your posts. The PT says if I don't have any improvement in 2 weeks back to the surgeon. The exercises make my shoulder hurt worse but will see what happens. It is a tough decision but I want to be active and return to my job. Never had surgery so very nervous. Hope all of you recovery quickly from your surgery.
It is prudent to try PT, but it will not heal a tear unless you are very young and the tear is vey small. So schedule your surgery but be sure to be prepared as Tennisgirl has stated. It is not a cakewalk and the more you read about being prepared really the better. Just know the PT is not a waste of time in terms of getting some good muscles strength and ROM before embarking on 6-8 months of significant rehab and time before feeling 80%. Try to stick with the exercises that give you some strength, but that do not irritate the shoulder. Sharon
Thank you Sharon. I am one year shy of the 30 mark so probably not young enough to heal on my own =) I am a little confused about my injury since the rad report says an extensive posterior tear and partial tear of the rotator. The surgeon was very vague and said I have an anterior tear and have also seen SLAP tear listed on my records. I am currently trying to find another surgeon since the first one was walking out of the room as I asked questions. I am hoping to have the option of scheduling surgery with someone different soon. Definitely ready to move towards the recovery. I am not having much luck with exercises that don't irritate my shoulder. I am currently doing scapular depressions, tricep extensions, and rows. All three are with a lightweight band and 10-20 reps. PT says I should not have pain or I need to lessen the ROM. I know it is a mental block with me but wow I feel like a wimp.
Thanks again for the time you take to answer the questions on this site.
Bree, You are on the right track to getting other opinions and having your questions answered. How did you injure the shoulder?
You sound pretty irritated, if you are doing the scapular exercises with the arms overhead, this will irritate a SLAP or posterior tear. The best band exercises are tying it to a door nob and pulling the band toward you with the arm straight in front and out to the side. And doing this with arm bent at the side, the rows are probably too much. Don't use any more PT visits if you have a yearly cap as you will need them post-op.
Try to inquire and find the top shoulder specialists in your area
so you can make an informed decision with the best avaliable OS.
Ask them about their post op protocol sling time and when PT is typically started. Sharon