I am into about the 4 1/2 month physical therapy program after my complete shoulder replacement. I have made excellent progress really in the past 3 weeks. For the first time in over three years, I can put my hand behind my back and actually put my belt on!
However, being around PT, Surgery, Flareups for so many years, I know that when something goes right, there is also a chance for something to go wrong. That has been my story.
My shoulder has been getting so much stronger, BUT, for the past week, I have been in muscle spasms all over my back. We think its really because of the shoulder exercises have been setting off some of my thoracic problems.
What started to happen was from T4 to my upper rib, they were all evaluated, basically all popping out a bit. The first rib was the worst, it was so noticeable when I laid down
Yesterday at PT, we talked this over and my therapist said "The book says how to handle this", but she said, I am throwing away the book and treating you how I know your body. She started to work on 'pushing' my ribs back down and we did just a heat treatment. Today and probably for the rest of the week, I will do more heat treatments and keep those lidoderm patches on my upper ribs.
I just think its always ironic, that when one part of your ailing body is getting body, another part starts to get jealous and wants to get attention.
Many years ago, this would have created more attention to me, now, its just another hurdle to climb over, no big thing.
As I have always quoted: "All things must pass" (George Harrison)
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences