SAD/Recovery Back to tennis???

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  1. Pacific lefty

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    So, I am 13 weeks post shoulder decompression no tear or complications. I have religiously done all the PT exercises at home and was cleared a couple weeks ago to do some hitting and very light serving. I had around 4 very light sessions which went well. I hit a few serves and iced afterwards. Just a little sore. So last week, I hit with my old coach twice. Obviously the intensity of play was way higher than in the other previous sessions. After each of these new sessions, my shoulder was a bit sore for approx 2 days each time.

    For those of you who have had a similar shoulder surgery experience does it look like I increased the intensity way too fast? Or like my PT is rushing me back into hitting too early? Or, alternatively, am I just being paranoid, and should expect it to be sore for another couple months until it is more healed?

    I have been running on off days and that doesn't bother my shoulder at all. The PT exercises don't cause any pain either...

    Any advice?

    Any ideas?
     
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  2. ollinger

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    Clinicians have their own conscious and unconscious needs (approval and praise, not losing you as a patient) so will often mirror your wishes if they think you're in a hurry. Don't be. 13 weeks is not much time at all for the procedure you had.
     
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  3. Fearsome Forehand

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    If your shoulder hurts, I would lay off the tennis for awhile.
     
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  4. sureshs

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    I thought it was Seasonal Affective Disorder
     
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  5. BMC9670

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    It's important to listen to your doctor and PT advice, but only you can listen to your body. Surgery effects people in different ways and while there are guidelines for return, it will vary from person to person.

    I went through a SLAP repair, RC repair, and SAD in one procedure and my biggest advice is to have patience. It took me a full 2 years to say confidently that I was "back". And my shoulder still gets cranky, even though I look after it with flex/strength exercises regularly and use a flexy racquet with soft strings.

    The last thing you want is re-injury.
     
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  6. Pacific lefty

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    I have stopped hitting for the moment until I figure out what the problem is. Could be that it is too early to return. I have a feeling it may be due to lagging return of ROM in internal rotation.

    Hey Suresh, its a wonder I don't have the other SAD as being stuck in this bad Irish summer is a bit depressing!!!
     
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  7. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Go at your own pace. But serving is definitely a red flag just 3 months after surgery.

    Just because you can hit some groundstrokes doesn't mean you're ready to serve yet.
     
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  8. BMC9670

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    Internal rotation will be the last to come back and most difficult to recover, but you'll get there. Slow and steady...
     
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  9. vantageboy

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    great advice from above--ease/limit into your game and stay with the rehab of the small shoulder groups and flexability--expect at least a year before you have full strength in that shoulder. good luck
     
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  10. Pacific lefty

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    Thanks for the good advice. Glad that the internal rotation coming back last seems fairly standard from what I have heard. I'm definitely waiting to be pain free before I hit again. The internal rotation thing totally affects my forehand and my doesn't really realise that.
     
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  11. DInosaurTT

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    My experience

    I had SAD and SLAP repair last year. I was abe to serve after a similar length of time in about 3 months, but there would still be some soreness. I only played once or twice a weekin order to not to inflame the shoulder. After a year, I have pretty much full strength and ROM again, but it has really taken this long to feel fully confident. My surgeon and physio both said it could easily take that long. Now serving is fun again rather than worrying about perfect form in order to avoid any risk of discomfort. On the other hand, after the surgery I never had to sort of pain that meant I just had to stop playing in the end and get surgery. On the positive side, the rest of my game has actually improved even with less frequent games as I have relied a lot less on my serve as I could not hit with as much freedom or power until the last couple of months
     
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  12. Pacific lefty

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    Hey DinosaurTT, like you I am trying to play infrequently until it feels more comfortable, and likewise I am worrying a lot about not serving properly. I would have relied on my serve in the past to get a good few extra points, so I think it will be good to focus on other aspects of my game. Firstly though, I'd love to get through a set without feeling it the next day. I suppose that will just have to wait a while though.
     
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  13. DInosaurTT

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    At times I definitely felt exactly the same. I was relatively quick to get strength and range of movement back, but kept worrying that I was doing more damage. My surgeon was happy that I was not and I did stop playing for a few weeks at a time during the last year to let it recover if I felt it was getting any more than slight irritation. It is really only in the last couple of months that I have not felt it in the evening and or day after playing. I hope things continue to improve for you, but after the initial rapid improvements, the plateau has been longer than I hoped. I am though very pleased I took the decision as I was going to give up completely and just play golf as I did not feel the pain when swinging a golf club

    Best of luck for the next few months

    Ed
     
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    Thanks very much for the good wishes! Glad to know I am not the only one having the improvement/plateau experience...
     
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  15. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    It's tough to deal with these plateau phases. I was cleared to play with no limitation but I was instantly sore after one match of serving. There were days where I'm done after one set of serving.

    Rest for a few days. Served again, got sore again. It was at the point where I was wondering:
    1) Is the shoulder sore from serving?
    2) Or is the shoulder sore from not having played in a few days-week?

    ~ Half a year after being cleared from rehab. I decided to shut it down and rehab the shoulder more. Haven't looked back since. :)
     
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  16. Pacific lefty

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    Hey Say Chi, at the moment I am asking myself those exact same questions. My PT is suggesting that I am getting some inflammation of the biceps tendon. I do admit that two weeks ago I did hit groundstrokes at 100% but I was cleared. I don't know whether I should stop and just keep doing the exercises, or if I should still hit lightly to build up stamina? My surgeon told me he made plenty of room for ALL the tendons so I shouldn't be having problems with biceps???

    PT has me doing a lot of dynamic and core exercises as well, and wondering is 10 reps (10-30) seconds of the plank on my forearms a bit too stressful for my shoulder at the momen?
     
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    I had flare ups of bicep tendonitis post SAD. For me personally bicep tendonitis takes always forever to heal, so you might to take it easy for a few weeks and stop serving...
     
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  18. Pacific lefty

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    Absolutely, have no intention of playing any tennis until I meet with PT and it is no longer sore.
     
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  19. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    This is a recurring theme for you and at some point, you've got to ask yourself the root of these set-backs. You have been rushing your rehab and now you are hitting groundstrokes at 100%. No one in their right mind will go 100%, even if it's just groundstrokes fresh out of surgery/rehab.
     
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  20. Pacific lefty

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    That's the absolute truth. My main problem is finding a 50% hitting partner here in the rural back and beyond where I live. Most of my playing friends only want to hit with someone at 100 as they want to train for tournaments. My friend/coach who is 70 this year has never been injured and just doesn't understand taking off pace or power. I guess really the only person I should be hitting with is the WALL! Even my main doubles partner who had her fair share of injuries is busy helping play with the more competitive people. I guess that means if you aren't playing at 100 you've really got to stick to the wall until you are back. Where I play you really only have total beginners then a jump up to 4.0 club players with nothing in between...
     
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  21. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Then challenge your friends and hitting partners with consistency. Ask them to go less than 100%, but challenge them to have long steady rallies instead (20 - 30 balls rallies are fun regardless of pace). Those long consistent rallies are always good practice for anyone.

    Also, I don't know what kind of 4.0+ you're playing against, but the hardly anyone rallies at 100% if you're just beaming balls back and forth down the middle...

    I know people who goes for broke on rallies, and off of the feed. It's f****** annoying. Then I ask if they want to play a set or two because the concept of rallies is lost already. Then they say no and go for broke off of the feed.

    Haha, sorry but I have zero respect for people who goes for broke on rallies. It's not fun for anyone else, and that lack of control doesn't work in matches.
     
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  22. Pacific lefty

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    So true- it would be great to practice consistancy and just rally,but these people want to play a game straight away and yes, they do try to kill the ball rallying. One reason behind it: EGO!
     
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  23. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Playing games/sets/matches, I'm all for killing balls on sight.

    But if it's just rally/hitting balls back and forth, it is the most irritating thing ever. We all need to practice put-aways, so for me, any rally that goes beyond 10 strokes is fair game.

    But if you're killing balls off of the feed, no thanks.
     
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