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10smonkey 03-01-2013 04:19 AM

coming back from rotator cuff surgery
 
Had arthroscopic surgery for a full tear of my rotator cuff less than 2 weeks ago. Please let me know your experience of coming back. I am a 53 year old fading 5.0 player

ollinger 03-01-2013 04:23 AM

The 3 people I play with who've had rotator cuff procedures took between 6 months and a year to come back to playing, plenty of PT in the interim.

Relinquis 03-01-2013 04:27 AM

good luck... haven't had such surgery/injury... take it easy and keep up with the physio recommended by your doctor.

mikeler 03-01-2013 06:09 AM

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Originally Posted by ollinger (Post 7243569)
The 3 people I play with who've had rotator cuff procedures took between 6 months and a year to come back to playing, plenty of PT in the interim.

The one guy I know who had it was somewhere in that timeframe too. He religiously ices his shoulder down immediately after every match now.

Pacific lefty 03-02-2013 10:20 AM

Hi 10smonkey, I had a subacromial decompression, lots of ac debridement and a bursectomy on 27 of last April. It took a long time at least 7-8 months to be able to come back comfortably... I am 4.0 hopefully soon to be 3.0 in Ireland. I really had to methodically do the exercises my physio gave me every day and work back into tennis very slowly. Now I still do Thrower's ten 3 times a week and still stretch out thoroughly after tennis. I still get a bit of tightness in the top of shoulder area, but am serving, hitting overheads, and doing everything comfortably...

LeeD 03-02-2013 10:53 AM

Rotator cuff injuries for a tennis player could be the single most career ending injury, unless you really take the time to heal, PT, recover, and LEARN to take it easy on that easily again injured body part.
A year off tennis is pretty normal, especially if you had a real tennis game to begin with. You can tap the ball around much sooner, for sure, but if you had a serve, it might take even longer.

10smonkey 03-04-2013 07:32 AM

Thanks for al of your replies. I guess it is going to be a while before i get back to tennis.

millicurie999 03-04-2013 11:03 AM

I had minors tear repairs for supraspinatus and labrum; also bursectomy on Feb 1, 2013. Started PT last week. Will keep you posted. Good luck with your recovery.

Say Chi Sin Lo 03-04-2013 12:44 PM

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Originally Posted by millicurie999 (Post 7250483)
I had minors tear repairs for supraspinatus and labrum; also bursectomy on Feb 1, 2013. Started PT last week. Will keep you posted. Good luck with your recovery.

I had essentially the exact procedure as you. Supraspinatus, posterior labrum, bursectomy (not sure if it was complete or partial, but don't really care at this point).

I was 22 at the time and I'm 27 and have made a full recovery since.

A brief overview of my recovery rehab
- Expect to have full use of your arm by 2nd-3rd month
- Expect to be able to start hitting groundstrokes by 4th-5th month. I could bang groundstrokes until the end of time by then.
- However, do NOT expect it to be tennis ready. Once you start incorporating serves, don't expect it to be your normal self for at least a year, and you'll hit many road blocks and setbacks that'll send you back to the stone ages.
- It really wasn't until 2years that I was able to serve and play with no limits. (as in 7 days a week, 2-3hours+, and not be sore and stiff afterwards).

Let me know if you have questions and good luck on your recovery!

drak 03-05-2013 04:14 AM

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Originally Posted by 10smonkey (Post 7243564)
Had arthroscopic surgery for a full tear of my rotator cuff less than 2 weeks ago. Please let me know your experience of coming back. I am a 53 year old fading 5.0 player

I was exactly your age a little over 3 yrs ago when I had mine (4.5 player), full tear that required two screws, also had 2 bone spurs and a slap tear. Had to wear the sling for 4-5 weeks. I was a good healer at or a little ahead of schedule thru my recovery. They say 3 months minimal for the tear to heal in my case. I was diligent with my rehab, doing exactly what the PT's asked.
I started hitting groundstrokes ONLY after 3 1/2-4 months, doing nothing above shoulder - that was fine. I really did not try to serve or overhead for the first 6 months, then I took it very slowly. Started serving 70-80% at 8-9 months and was full bore at about 10 months.
Everyone heals differently and I had no issues like scar tissue that some have. I was perhaps more cautious then necessary on the serving but full rorator cuff recovery is a ***** and I did not want to take a a chance on anything. Good luck!

Surecatch 03-05-2013 09:51 AM

I came here to post a similarly motivated thread about my own shoulder but I might as well put it in here.

I'm going to have to have rotator cuff surgery within the next couple of weeks, which is obviously going to put my career as a brutal, unfeeling tennis bully on hold, but the difference for me is that it's not my racquet arm shoulder....it's the other one. So I'm sure I'll have a healthy recovery time, and lots of PT work for awhile, but I'm really hoping that I can get back to playing by the end of summer..... I haven't even seen the ortho' yet, but I will by the end of the week and there is no question in my mind that surgery is in the cards for me...I've been avoiding this for a long time. At this point, with the amount of pain I'm in and the fact that my left arm is essentially useless, I'd just like to get it done as soon as possible.

Any idea of what I can expect for a recovery and getting back to playing time given it's my "off" shoulder?

drak 03-05-2013 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Surecatch (Post 7252455)
I came here to post a similarly motivated thread about my own shoulder but I might as well put it in here.

I'm going to have to have rotator cuff surgery within the next couple of weeks, which is obviously going to put my career as a brutal, unfeeling tennis bully on hold, but the difference for me is that it's not my racquet arm shoulder....it's the other one. So I'm sure I'll have a healthy recovery time, and lots of PT work for awhile, but I'm really hoping that I can get back to playing by the end of summer..... I haven't even seen the ortho' yet, but I will by the end of the week and there is no question in my mind that surgery is in the cards for me...I've been avoiding this for a long time. At this point, with the amount of pain I'm in and the fact that my left arm is essentially useless, I'd just like to get it done as soon as possible.

Any idea of what I can expect for a recovery and getting back to playing time given it's my "off" shoulder?

the key to start off with is whether it's a partial or full tear? quite a difference in recovery time

Say Chi Sin Lo 03-05-2013 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Surecatch (Post 7252455)

Any idea of what I can expect for a recovery and getting back to playing time given it's my "off" shoulder?

Depends, since it's your non-playing shoulder, expectations should be low in your recovery (not saying you can't go nuts and rehab it to be as good as before).

To give you an idea on the range of functionality of the rotator cuff: most people have torn (partial - complete) rotator cuffs. But because their demands for it is lower than a tennis player/baseball player/other athletes, they don't notice it because they never push it enough for it to be symptomatic.

Surecatch 03-05-2013 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by drak (Post 7252584)
the key to start off with is whether it's a partial or full tear? quite a difference in recovery time

Right. I've had this injury for something like twenty years and I've just "dealt with it." Usually it'll flair up for a few days and then recede again for awhile. I've had cortisone shots for it occasionally over the years (four total), but this time when it flaired up last week, it stayed and deteriorated quickly and badly. Then the unthinkable happened and I did it an injury about an hour after seeing an Urgent care for the pain. I slipped on ice and wrenched it violently and slammed it into my son who was walking next to me. I have never in my left experienced that level of pain. By the next morning I was in such bad shape that I was scared out of my mind and went to an emergency room. Nothing broken or dislocated, but I figured that. I went to my doctor today and he examined me and referred me to an orthopedic specialist/surgeon. I'll get an MRI and I'm sure surgery. For years it's been "managable," but it is no longer. The pain is no joke, man, and my arm is worthless dead weight draggin along with the rest of my body.....at this point I'd just like to get it over with and get back to tennis as quickly as possible, but I know it's going to be awhile, depending on how badly it's torn up in there. I just hope it can be done arthroscopically and not the other way.

pdx_tennisplayer 03-05-2013 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by 10smonkey (Post 7243564)
Had arthroscopic surgery for a full tear of my rotator cuff less than 2 weeks ago. Please let me know your experience of coming back. I am a 53 year old fading 5.0 player

I had a 70% tear in the Supraspinatus and had surgery in June 2010. I came back to USTA tennis about 9 months later, just playing doubles only. I've been religious about continuing my PT and keeping the entire shoulder structure strong including Scapular Stabilization exercises.

Plan on a month of horrible sleep while you wear the sling but after that, things will improve.

John

Say Chi Sin Lo 03-05-2013 04:02 PM

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Originally Posted by pdx_tennisplayer (Post 7252832)
I had a 70% tear in the Supraspinatus and had surgery in June 2010. I came back to USTA tennis about 9 months later, just playing doubles only. I've been religious about continuing my PT and keeping the entire shoulder structure strong including Scapular Stabilization exercises.

Plan on a month of horrible sleep while you wear the sling but after that, things will improve.

John

For me, it wasn't the sleep that got to me. It was taking the shower that irritated me. Couldn't really use my right arm, and my left arm simply doesn't bend that way. I felt like half of my body was dirty until I had a decent amount of ROM back.

Learning how to brush my teeth with my off-arm, you won't believe how many times I jabbed my gums.

Appreciating the minute tasks done with the harmony of both arms. It annoyed me when the bowl would move along with my use of the utensils. Cutting a steak only to have the plate move with my slicing motion, so I wasn't really cutting the steak. -.-

Wearing/removing clothes and pants. Especially the pants. You wouldn't think about it, but try pulling up your pants with just one arm.

Tying shoelaces just didn't happen. I wore slip-ons exclusively. Or I just jammed my foot into an already tied sneakers. Usually works, but when it didn't work, roommates would see my "dance of frustration" trying to get my foot in.

drak 03-05-2013 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by pdx_tennisplayer (Post 7252832)
I had a 70% tear in the Supraspinatus and had surgery in June 2010. I came back to USTA tennis about 9 months later, just playing doubles only. I've been religious about continuing my PT and keeping the entire shoulder structure strong including Scapular Stabilization exercises.

Plan on a month of horrible sleep while you wear the sling but after that, things will improve.

John

word on the lack of sleep, it was me and the Lazy boy for a month, only place I coud even get to sleep.

10smonkey 03-07-2013 04:00 AM

just got back from my second session of pt therapist said I have really good range of motion in my shoulder for just two weeks after surgery...felling good that i am going to fully recover from this i know it is going to be a long process

pvaudio 03-07-2013 08:18 AM

Took out my supraspinatus as a teenager and then had an arthroscopy. Missed the entire fall tennis season having done the injury in the summer, but I was playing at normal speed by winter. Even now it still twinges, but that's due to extraneous factors that don't apply to you (i.e. playing with a partial tear for two years when no one could spot it, so my capsule just filled up with scar tissue).

hifi heretic 03-13-2013 11:19 AM

I saw an ortho for fairly excruciating shoulder pain and was found to have an impingement, rotator cuff damage and a labrum tear. Not unusual story, I know. But here's what's interesting. ..The surgeon told that many, if not most, guys playing tennis my age (48 at the time) probably have similar damage in their shoulders and that many are able to play relatively symptom free. ..So before even discussing surgery, he urged me to undergo a fairly rigorous course of PT to build up muscles that support the joint. It helped to the point that I can now play with only occasional pain that occurs when I clearly over do it. ..So while I won't 2nd guess the OP's decision, I urge anyone considering surgery to give PT a chance to work.


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