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Potential rotator cuff injury

TugarTugar Senior MemberPosts: 2,435 Senior Member
Cleaning the gutters, stepped off wrong And landed on my left shoulder. Weakness and loss of range of motion. MRI is being scheduled. Any tips and tricks?

Luckily I am right handed.
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,188 Senior Member
    That is one injury i have never had.  Hope its just sore
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  • Some_MookSome_Mook Posts: 603 Senior Member
    I tore my right side RC many years ago at work.  Doc said surgery was an option, or just letting it heal naturally.  Took option number two.  For the next two years it would feel like I was getting stuck with a knife whenever I tried to lift my right arm above shoulder level, but the pain (that pain at least) did go away eventually and I have full range of motion in my right arm .  YMMV

    A few years later my Kawasaki got run over by an F250 with me still on it.  Killed the bike, should have killed me too, a scene I relive many evenings while waiting to go to sleep for the last 9 years. I should have bought stock in Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen producers after I gave up on the gallon of vodka a week remedy, but other than coughing up blood (or leaving it behind elsewhere) occasionally, it's all good.

    I too, stepped off of a ladder wrong while cleaning gutters in 2019.  Hobbled around with a cane for a few months, and it was hell getting in and out of cars and getting down on all fours to set vehicles on lifts for work.

    I don't like doctors, and only the living can feel pain, so I am convinced that I am probably still among the living, although I suppose I could just be in a Hell loop.  Time will tell.
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  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,912 Senior Member
    I got the surgery for that. Recovery time and temporary immobility sucks, but is worth it in the long run. I had the surgery in February. By June I was riding my motorcycle again. My recovery was probably faster than most, because I was a regular at the gym, and started going back at the gym before physical therapy was completely done with. Consistent exercise really does help.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,615 Senior Member
    I had rotator cuff injury in both arms back about 25 years ago.  I got a shot of something in my shoulder by a loooong needle, which helped some but was warned complications can come from injecting what ever it was because it goes in the cuff and can prevent or prolong healing time.  It took AT LEAST 6 months before the symptoms went away.
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  • ojrojr Senior Member Posts: 1,297 Senior Member
    edited October 2021 #6
    I am awaiting surgery for the exact thing
    unfortunately it's my right should and I am right handed, surgeon tells me 4-6 weeks recovery with full capacity taking possibly up to a year.
    Hmmm.......
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,146 Senior Member
  • mosseybuckmosseybuck Member Posts: 557 Senior Member
    I injured my right shoulder about two years ago working on something under my Jeep. Was told surgery would probably be needed to fix it. Don't like surgery so I found a you tube doc that recommended a couple of exercises instead. It may have taken longer but that has worked for me.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,435 Senior Member
    Be very interested if you can find it. It's better but far from healed.

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  • FreezerFreezer Senior Member Posts: 2,384 Senior Member
    I had four shoulder surgeries, three on the right one on the left. The first two were on the right and were excruciating. The last two weren't a problem. It all depends on what needs to be done. 

    If you have a recliner get it ready, you won't want to sleep flat for a while. If you don't, set up your bed so you're raised up. Also make a place to rest your arm it will take the weight off and feels great. The pain may be bad for a week or two but then it subsided. I gave my wife my pain meds and stayed stoned for three days, after that I quit the meds but had two pills ready for 3am because that was when it hurt. When I got back into my bed I put a pillow between my ribs and arm, it made some extra space for the capsule and relived the pain.

    PT is everything when it comes to recovery. Stay with it religiously, you'll heal faster and better.  After four shoulder surgeries and bilateral knee replacement I have a little experience with PT.

    If you need surgery, just think like a Marine, "Pain is weakness leaving the body" and you'll fair well.


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  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,219 Senior Member
    Nothing to bring to the table about surgery except wishes and prayers for as swift a recovery as possible.  

    But like mosseybuck my shoulder was a mess years ago, couldn’t even out a coat on, and my chiropractor did the same as he speaks of for me.

    He game me some exercises to work on and told me to take 1-2 Motrin prior to exercise and then 2-3 more after and there was also a cold/heat regime that helped healing and get rid of swelling but unfortunately I can’t remember.  That was about 30 years ago and I never got any swelling.
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  • 41magnut41magnut Senior Member Posts: 1,269 Senior Member
    ojr said:
    I am awaiting surgery for the exact thing
    unfortunately it's my right should and I am right handed, surgeon tells me 4-6 weeks recovery with full capacity taking possibly up to a year.
    Hmmm.......
    2006 for me.

    Off work for 4 months, due to delay in PT, due to employer changing insurance companies

    Took a solid year for full recovery (& confidence).

    Yep, recovery is a pain in the rumble seat, but all things considered I'd do it again.    
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