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Massive Rotator Cuff Shoulder (Right)

bjhopkinsbbjhopkins Posts: 1
edited 09/15/2013 - 1:56 PM in Chronic Pain
I had a massive rotator cuff tear (muscle had completely retracted and turned to fatty tissue.) The surgery was six months ago.
I stopped PT a month ago as they were not paying attention to the surgeon's instructions re strengthening. They wanted me to do everything at home and when at the PT studio, I had about 10 min of soft tissue manipulation, tens therapy, and an ice pack - then a nice goodbye. I noticed my insurance company was billed almost $300-400 a session. The surgeon attached what good muscle he could gather with four anchors into bone under the collar bone. I still cannot live my arm independently. I thought the tens machine helped, along with the ice, but my surgeon said there was no scientific evidence for the tens outcomes, so he wouldn't sign off so I could receive one.

My arm is very weak and it hurts to sleep on either shoulder - the surgery shoulder or the other one. Now I have neck pain, which does feel like an ice pick. The pain is constant in my so-called "good" arm - which has been overused during this surgery recovery. I went to the surgeon this week for my last post-op check up on the surgery arm and mentioned that my other shoulder and arm (in the bicep area) as well as my neck on the good arm side hurts constantly. The surgeion said it was probably my neck and I did ask for an MRI.

I cannot believe how I have suffered with my shoulders and arms - I drop everything and I cannot sleep on either shoulder and I have never been able to sleep on my back. AND NOW MY NECK!

I am taking only Ibuprofen - everything else makes me nauseous!


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    It might be wise for you to find another physical therapist to work with. If the one you were seeing is not following the doctors instructions, and you are gaining the use of your shoulder, as much as possible, then it definately time to find a new physical therapist......the pt place can loan you a TENS unit if you find it helpful. It is also not unusual for the pt therapist to give you excercises for you to do at home, and then offer you stretching and other treatments during your time there.
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