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If a muscle is completely torn no amount of therapy will help. It has to be reattached surgically, It can not reattach itself. A muscle has to be attached at both end for it to work.
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Had the surgery 20 years ago and the repaired side better than the non. Thing I found is make sure you work through the pain to get the range of motion back. Super important...the strength will come back with normal use but cant stress enough the ROM. Talked with a lot of others that had this and the ones that didn't pay attention to the ROM now severely limited. Did PT on the non side a few years ago when it started declining and it helped a lot, still do rubber band stretches couple times a week and that's keeping the RT strong and pain free.
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Well in a get off October 2017 I received multiple tears to rotator cuff, two broken ribs, fractured clavicle and severed acromioclavicular ligament,?sp, Went a year before getting in for surgical correction. If lifting the arm it allowed the shoulder to drop down into the chest cavity and some loss of stability. I set myself up with a couple of three pound barbells and worked daily at strengthening the shoulder, (my youngest boy showed me some exercises), without stressing it. Helped a lot, but could no longer sleep on that side. Was able to do a three week, 7,177 mile run out West last August, did tire easier with some discomfort the last 1,000 miles or so. Surgery this past October and now very good motion and minimal pain. Because of my strengthening work no P.T. Has been necessary. Oh, and back to sleeping side to side. Do use the pillow between knees, many years now, with good results. Now Arthur Ritis is who I have the most problem with but I’ll take it. Learned today that my surgery was way more complicated than Inwas led to believe. Two days in hospital and discharged to home.
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I'm awaiting surgery referral and bought a sling with abductor cushion. It supports my arm at the correct angle from the body. I wear it at home and at night. That gave me time to practice donning and doffing it single-handed.

Since I'll be driving one-handed I installed medical grade (better construction, bearings and a stronger clamp with no protruding bolts compared to cheap spinners) steering wheel spinners on my trucks and a cheapy on my riding mower. I should have done that years ago because they are so comfortable to use. I see why truckers like them. I don't recommend waiting until after surgery since that's not a great time to learn new things or spin wrenches. I picked up two MPD spinners off Ebay for 70 bucks each. Keep an eye out for deals. They're worth having even if you don't have a medical need for one.

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Update, had shoulder joint replaced last Tuesday and of course won't be riding until FULLY rehabilitated. it went well and I can't stress enough how much thorough preparation makes one-armed life easier.

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Get Cryo cuff or similar in advance and have a convenient way to make fitted ice cubes. I use cold drink styrene cups in a plywood and metal rack I whipped up from scrap for my chest freezer. Beats chasing cups. No need to remove cups from cubes. Cold packs work too. I hang the unit from an IV stand off Amazon which will later be used for test fuel tanks in my shop.

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Make simple shirts you can don one handed.. I cut one strap on some cheap loose tank tops and used fabric adhesive to attach velcro. I can step into those like a pair of shorts without disturbing the arm.

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i have a torn rotator cuff, a separated ac joint, and biceps and forearm tendonitis.
i chose to skip surgery for now, and did 3 months of therapy instead.
i am a a lot better! not perfect, but tolerable. i have no problem riding my bike.
you gotta work hard, and take it serious, or it wont help!
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i have a torn rotator cuff, a separated ac joint, and biceps and forearm tendonitis.

i chose to skip surgery for now, and did 3 months of therapy instead.

i am a a lot better! not perfect, but tolerable. i have no problem riding my bike.

you gotta work hard, and take it serious, or it wont help!


Just don’t throw a baseball!

I just had the surgery. I was only out of work for 2 weeks. I haven’t been back on a bike yet though. P/T is making a huge difference


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PT rocks. I do it thrice a week and at home.

Push until you get "good" pain due to fatigue, but not "sharp" pain which warns ya went too far.

Lack of pain from the joint I'd have replaced years ago had I known, priceless! I want to get all my surgeries done in my 60s before I'm too old to heal.
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Due for a cortisone shot should make a big difference
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