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Old 5 October 2016, 09:38
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Tore my rotator cuff a few years back. Saw an orthopedic and after an MRI he said I had the shoulder of an 80yo man, and would need a replacment in the near future. In the mean time he put me into PT. I did the PT for about 3 months until I had about 90% ROM back. On the recommendation of some members here I've been hitting the gym and making sure to keep the shoulder strong.
It still gives me some pain but in all it's much better then it was.
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Old 5 October 2016, 11:47
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Had my torn rotator cuff repaired in June. Original injury was in 1993. Put off the surgery as long as you can, and then try to get it in the winter. Make sure you have a recliner to sleep in for the first 4-8 weeks afterward. Full recovery takes approximately a year, but decent mobility minus strength within about 3 months.

Straight up: it sucks, but depending on how much more mileage you expect to get it is worth considering.
I fully concur, I had my right shoulder done and wasn't expecting the aftermath...like already stated, slept in a recliner and couldn't do shit even when the sling came off...shoulder is better than it was, but I'd do all I could to avoid another shoulder surgery.
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Old 5 October 2016, 12:48
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I appreciate everyone's time. Ortho apt. tomorrow @1430. So we'll see.
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Old 5 October 2016, 13:42
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You folks illustrate the importance of a good history and physical exam.

Any adult who's led a hard life will have radiographic abnormalities. The key is to find the clinical relevance.

Amateurs chase tests.
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Old 5 October 2016, 13:57
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I am recovering from "Frozen Shoulder" myself. No surgery, but 4 weeks of fairly painful physical therapy gave me back about 70% ROM. So, I went to see the accupuncture Doc and an hour later I had full range of motion back. I should have went to see him first.
Yup. I had a grade 3 sprain from ninja rolling off my mountain bike and it just wasn't 100% healing. Weak and reduced range of motion. Couldn't throw a ball, but i didn't need to so all good :).

I bought a portable TENS machine just because and tried it on my shoulder. A few treatments and boom! No more pain.

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Old 5 October 2016, 17:37
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8654: I'm stealing your quote and posting it at work. That's a semester's worth of PT school in one sentence
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Old 5 October 2016, 17:54
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On the recommendation of some members here I've been hitting the gym and making sure to keep the shoulder strong.
I'm glad that Shake Weight is working out for you.
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Any adult who's led a hard life will have radiographic abnormalities.
I read a long time ago (and I don't remember the source) that studies have shown a large average medical difference between old civilians and old FAGs. Old civilians have high rates of cardiovascular disease, but low joint injuries. FAGs are the opposite; lots of old joint injuries, but statistically lower rates of cardiovascular disease.
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Old 5 October 2016, 19:11
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FAGs are the opposite; lots of old joint injuries, but statistically lower rates of cardiovascular disease.
There was something put out in the mid-70s, autopsies on kids killed in Vietnam, they all showed advanced cardiovascular disease. They surmised it was the stress response.

Now we all know that today's Soldier/Marine is better trained, etc., and that SOF have trained in a way to mitigate the stress response, so I imagine by-and-large results now might be different.
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I'm glad that Shake Weight is working out for you.
Well I haven't gone blind yet, so atleast there's that.
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Well I haven't gone blind yet, so atleast there's that.
You close your eyes at the moment of impact?
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Old 7 October 2016, 10:30
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I'm glad that Shake Weight is working out for you.

I read a long time ago (and I don't remember the source) that studies have shown a large average medical difference between old civilians and old FAGs. Old civilians have high rates of cardiovascular disease, but low joint injuries. FAGs are the opposite; lots of old joint injuries, but statistically lower rates of cardiovascular disease.
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There was something put out in the mid-70s, autopsies on kids killed in Vietnam, they all showed advanced cardiovascular disease. They surmised it was the stress response.

Now we all know that today's Soldier/Marine is better trained, etc., and that SOF have trained in a way to mitigate the stress response, so I imagine by-and-large results now might be different.
How we die will be due to the usual culprits: atherosclerosis, cancer, drugs or trauma.

How we live will be up to us.

I've got joint pain like you wouldn't believe.

But, I wouldn't change my life.

Regrets, I've had a few...
For what is man, what has he got, if not himself, he has naught...
I took the blows and did it my way...

MRI, surgery, rehab, not give a fuck...do what is true to yourself.
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Old 7 October 2016, 10:52
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How we die will be due to the usual culprits: atherosclerosis, cancer, drugs or trauma.

How we live will be up to us.

I've got joint pain like you wouldn't believe.

But, I wouldn't change my life.

Regrets, I've had a few...
For what is man, what has he got, if not himself, he has naught...
I took the blows and did it my way...

MRI, surgery, rehab, not give a fuck...do what is true to yourself.
Agreed. A million percent. I sound like a bowl of rice krispies when I walk. But every creak, snap, and groan has a story to tell.

Regarding ol' Blue Eyes, I read those lyrics at my mother's funeral. She was a nutty woman who could be a real bitch, but she lived life on her terms. She had no regrets.
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Old 10 October 2016, 17:30
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Meh, some Shoulder Impingement Syndrome, so far. Decadron in the joint, a bit of PT, some Voltaren 1% Gel, good as new in a bit. I love Voltaren but have only given it IV/IM for Renal Stones. Never used it on myself before, but it works great.
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Old 10 October 2016, 17:35
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Did you end up getting a MRI?
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Old 10 October 2016, 17:53
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Did you end up getting a MRI?
Saw the Orthopod, and I guess she was cool with no further imaging. So, we will see.
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