Originally Posted by drak
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.