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Old 02-25-2018, 06:25 AM
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Based upon my back surgery I would definitely wear the sling and take the directions given by the med team.

Sure as heck wouldn't want to redo the procedure if they even could.
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Looks painful no doubt. Hope your recovery goes well.
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:37 AM
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Just use your common sense.
Yes you need to wear the sling as already mentioned for proper anchoring purposes of tendons, etc.

The Dr.’s usually give patients orders of the extreme and hope they adhere to at least half of their instructions.

Again, a little common sense goes a long ways.
You and you alone know what and how your body is feeling, use that and common sense as your guide.

Yes, common sense is worth it’s weight in gold.
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by tcpip95 View Post
I wore mine religiously for the entire 8-weeks. Didn't want to risk screwing anything up. Only time I didn't wear it was in the shower.
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Just use your common sense.
Yes you need to wear the sling as already mentioned for proper anchoring purposes of tendons, etc.

The Dr.’s usually give patients orders of the extreme and hope they adhere to at least half of their instructions.

Again, a little common sense goes a long ways.
You and you alone know what and how your body is feeling, use that and common sense as your guide.

Yes, common sense is worth it’s weight in gold.
I take it that you recommend a "common sense" approach.
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:45 AM
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I take it that you recommend a "common sense" approach.
I think it's quite common for that to make sense...
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:47 AM
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Problem is, there’s ALOT of individuals in this world that don’t have any common sense.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:03 AM
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Yep. Common sense isn't all that common it seems.
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Old 02-25-2018, 10:25 AM
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I wore the sling all the time besides in the shower for 4 weeks. I felt like I wanted it more when I slept to keep from rolling over on it. I’m 10-11 weeks now and played in a softball tournament yesterday. It’s my catching arm not my throwing arm so it wasn’t to hard on it. Have almost all of my motion back now but still working on the strength part.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:35 AM
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Just got the sling off yesterday, two months of range of motion therapy.....

Anybody recover fully from a rotatory cuff surgery and go back to working out with weights?
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Captain Twice Screwed View Post
Just got the sling off yesterday, two months of range of motion therapy.....

Anybody recover fully from a rotatory cuff surgery and go back to working out with weights?
Not with weights, but I eventually went back to hitting 500 golf balls/day with no problems.
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Originally Posted by Captain Twice Screwed View Post
Just got the sling off yesterday, two months of range of motion therapy.....

Anybody recover fully from a rotatory cuff surgery and go back to working out with weights?
Absolutely but no more bench press or flys.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Captain Twice Screwed View Post
Just got the sling off yesterday, two months of range of motion therapy.....

Anybody recover fully from a rotatory cuff surgery and go back to working out with weights?
I'm ten months out and at about 95% strength and range of motion. You can absolutely go back to weights when your surgeon allows. Get someone to show you correct form to avoid injury. As said above, bench press performed INCORRECTLY is horrible for the shoulders. Same for push-ups, dips. Have a physical therapist or certified athletic trainer or strength coach show you the correct form.
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I'm ten months out and at about 95% strength and range of motion. You can absolutely go back to weights when your surgeon allows. Get someone to show you correct form to avoid injury. As said above, bench press performed INCORRECTLY is horrible for the shoulders. Same for push-ups, dips. Have a physical therapist or certified athletic trainer or strength coach show you the correct form.
Agreed, looking back all my injuries were, including this one down to incorrect form....

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I'm about to turn 59 and had my third surgery on my right shoulder for torn rotator about 2 years ago. Boy I remember like yesterday how much I hated that sling LOL. My surgeon put me in touch with a great PT person and after a few months of PT, I was on my own. I would say I was stronger 12 months after my surgery then I was 12 months before my surgery. Key was my physical therapist that was knowledgeable, focused on my success and paid close attention to my progress to push my rehab as far as my body allowed while keeping me in check.

I wish my previous 2 surgeries were as successful and now know that the right PT person is as important as having the right surgeon.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:31 PM
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I shoot Sporting Clays with a very recently retired Orthopedic surgeon who just had his rotator cuff repaired..

He says he did a “ton” of them when he was working.

He says he is “really surprised” how much it hurts post surgery. “ Oh Really” ??

He also refuses to take any opiods if that tells you anything... Says he took two and they did not do anything but mess him up....

Best wishes on your recovery...
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Originally Posted by Captain Twice Screwed View Post
Just got the sling off yesterday, two months of range of motion therapy.....

Anybody recover fully from a rotatory cuff surgery and go back to working out with weights?
Absolutely, if anything the “repaired” shoulder is better than the “untouched” shoulder. As noted you should modify which exercises you perform. In general dumbbells are easier on the joints than barbells.
Try not to lift overhead (military presses), etc...
Flat bench, Military, etc all bad for shoulders.

Certainly it can be done...but be smart about it.

I happened to meet a Doc that talked me in to dropping the heavy/low rep routine and going lighter/hig rep (15 reps) and my joints feel much better.

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Originally Posted by Captain Twice Screwed View Post
Just got the sling off yesterday, two months of range of motion therapy.....

Anybody recover fully from a rotatory cuff surgery and go back to working out with weights?



had my right rotator done,im right handed - had my collar bone cut down at the same time.had the best surgeon,he gave me advice: when you take a shower,climb the wall with your fingers and stretch.i did that !
I can tell you truthfully,when I went to get my staples out,about a week later - the dr asked me how high I could raise my hand,i lifted it about halfway up,YES it hurt,he also asked me if I was working,and I told him what I did,he laughed...1 month later,i was in marathon, flyfishing...NEVER opted for PT.i do not take pain pills,EVER,don't believe in anything stronger than an 800mg motrin
NEVER had a problem since.it's a matter of "WILL",if you're one of those guys that gets the "man cold",than you're not gonna do well...


that was about 7-8yrs ago...
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Per my Doc's orders, see below. He's gone to the gym with me to help my form. Also, my wife is a PT and she's there with me everytime.

Military Press - Out of the Question
Bench Press - Don't let your elbows fall bellow your shoulders
Curls - Any kind - Work your ass off
Shoulder Pulls - go for it
Lat pull downs - Touch your chest, not your back

Unfortunately, you'll probably use the machines more than the free weights on upper body. But no problem maintaining strength.
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Holy cRAP this sux! I am 3 weeks out... today. I cant sleep for crap! I have to wear tge sling for 6 weeks. Before any therapy. HUGE complete tear he doesnt want to compromise


DID I mention that this sucks???


I CANT IMAGINE NOT TAKING THE PAIN PILLS THOUGH. But probably why I cant sleep. I was taking one to two to help me sleep at night. Still have a few but not hurting.I haven't had one in about 60 hrs.+ now.
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I’m 14 weeks out today. Have started back playing softball (it’s my non throwing arm so PT/ doc was ok with it). Also been doing 30 flat pushups every day and started on some heavyier lifting. Still doing PT twice a week. Back to work week after next.
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Originally Posted by LODI QUACKER View Post
Holy cRAP this sux! I am 3 weeks out... today. I cant sleep for crap! I have to wear tge sling for 6 weeks. Before any therapy. HUGE complete tear he doesnt want to compromise


DID I mention that this sucks???


I CANT IMAGINE NOT TAKING THE PAIN PILLS THOUGH. But probably why I cant sleep. I was taking one to two to help me sleep at night. Still have a few but not hurting.I haven't had one in about 60 hrs.+ now.
I can’t imagine not starting therapy for that long. You wouldn’t be able to
Move at all after that long. I wore the sling 4 weeks but was doing therapy after 7 days.
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