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Shoulder issue's

jdtripjjdtrip Posts: 37
After a nasty fall from a deer stand in oct. 2009 I had a repair of my right shoulder nov. 2009 Had a full thickness tear of all of the Supranius( not sure of the spelling) and detached bicep. Did therapy for 3 months and around 8 months had a sharp pain in the shoulder. Had an MRI and it showed another full tear in the tendo but the bicep held. Did another repair and all was good until this summer when the are lost much of ROM and pain became increasingly troublesome. Did an MRI and it showed another tear in the same tendo same full thickness entire tendon with 5 cm of retraction. Went to a sports ortho and he says the tendon is not repairable. He suggest's intensive therapy to atrengthen the shoulder muscle's to improve ROM I am 56 and he is not certain with the condition of the shoulder we can get satisfactory improvement and then the next option is a reverse shoulder replacement. So my questions for those here that have had similar issue's did the therapy improve the ROM enough to have a decent active life. And if not do reverse shoulder replacement's improve ROM enough to have somewhat improved funtion. Not wanting to golf but being able to throw a ball to my grandkids would be nice. Thanks in advance to anyone with comments or suggestion's.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    due to advanced and deteriorating arthritis.
    For about 10 years before the surgery, I could not put hands behind my back, so I could never put a belt on once my pants were up.

    I was going for cortisone injections every 6 months for about 2 1/2 years, when the X-Rays (show better bone situation than MRI) indicated there was nothing left to do by replace the shoulders.

    Some people call it reverse shoulder replacement (seems more sports related people and therapists) while surgeons and Arthritis sites refer it to complete shoulder replacement.

    Basically everything is taken out, a new plastic socket is cemented in place, a titanium ball is fitted and part of your upper arm bone is hollowed out to receive a titanium stem. Then its all put together. Its a rough surgery, even rougher to recover. Much hard than my lumbar or cervical surgeries. The recovery therapy consisted of 3 to 4 20 minute very painful sessions. The recovery period takes up to 18-24 months.

    Today, I have more range of motion than I had years before the surgery. I owe a lot to the surgeon who performed both of these, and to my deep tissue massage specialist who made sure the scar tissue didnt build up and restrict my ROM.

    Several therapists and a few doctors I know are quite surprised about how much range of motion I have today. At 60 years old (time of those surgeries) and having had 7+ spinal surgeries prior, the hoped for maybe 60% return of ROM. Prior to the surgery, I was out about 30%, today I am at almost 95%, better than many healthy shoulders.

    For details about the actual surgery, click on the Arthritis link I have below my name.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Thank You Ron for the info. Now I am just starting therapy so we will see how things go. Thanks again
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