Rotator Cuff Surgery - Was it Worth It?

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  1. dcweber

    dcweber New User

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    Gents,

    I’ve been playing steadily since 1984, and about eight months ago started having shoulder pain. It might be associated with learning the kick serve Or general long-term usage.

    My chiropractor took x-rays and an MRI and the diagnosis is that Some interior rotator cuff muscles are compromised.

    So now I’m just starting at least two months of physical therapy. After that he will re-evaluate and may recommend surgery. He said the rehab will be six weeks in a sling and at least four months addl healing.

    So I’m soliciting your feedback on your experience and the aftermath of rotator cuff surgery.

    Thanks in advance,
    Doug
     
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  2. Daniel-San

    Daniel-San Semi-Pro

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    Get the opinion of an orthopedist or physical therapist. I wouldn't trust a chiropractor.
     
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  3. ollinger

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    that's not a diagnosis. The tennis players I know who had rotator cuff surgery had good outcomes.
     
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  4. dcweber

    dcweber New User

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    Sorry all - i meant my ortho surgeon.
     
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  5. frank52

    frank52 Semi-Pro

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    A treatment option for partial tears in rotator cuff tendons is platelet-rich plasma injections. It took 10 months but I did heal some tears after the injections. The tear the doc missed treating showed no healing.
     
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  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Still, get another opinion. "SOME interior rotator cuff muscles are compromises." sounds more like a guess to me than an actual diagnosis based on medical evidence.

    I had actual structural issues (partially torn supraspinatus, partially torn posterior labrum, bone spurs that required debridement). Had the surgery and the subsequent rehab was agonizing, trying to get your game back was doubly agonizing. But in the end, it was worth it.

    I will never recommend surgery unless you have actual structural issues that need surgical intervention. "Compromises" sound more like imbalance, so hit the gym and use those rubber bands.
     
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  7. dcweber

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    Again thanks All for your real-life experiences. Starting PT this week and will give it 2 months and then re-evaluate.
     
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  8. nvr2old

    nvr2old Semi-Pro

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    Yep make sure you need surgery and there is no other option first. My son fell off bike and landed on shoulder racing MX when he was about 15, had pain for months, talked to a colleague who is an orthopedic surgeon who said it sounded like he had a labrum tear and recommended surgery (to be fair it was a hallway curbside discussion and he did't see him officially) - ultimately took him to another ortho surgeon friend who got MRI/arthorgram and found had had minor rotator cuff tear that healed very well with only PT exercises. Second opinions often great option.
     
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  9. Soul

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    My father had that surgery after a skiing accident. I recall him saying he wished he had tried the exercise program first instead of opting for surgery. Regardless, it took a long time for his shoulder to heal, but it did heal eventually.
     
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  10. tennisenthusiast

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    You are asking for trouble by soliciting feedback for a major decision on public forums. Four posters will give four different opinions. :)
     
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  11. Crocodile

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    Most rotator cuff injuries can be overcome with rehab and physio. I would go that way even if it will take 2 years to get things right, it's better than doing surgery in my opinion.
     
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