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Rotator Cuff Recovery
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 Posted: Sat Sep 7th, 2013 07:16 AM
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I'm 10 1/2 weeks past my surgery date on the shoulder. When I return to shooting I'll start with the .22s. Can anyone tell me how long it took them to be able shoot larger caliber I.e. 30 30, Garand, Mosin Nagant 7.62 x 54? How long for reloading?



 Posted: Sat Sep 7th, 2013 12:47 PM
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About a year for me. Bear in mind, if you go back into the heavy hitters too soon, you'll be under the knife again. Yes, I know this, but it didn't help that the first cut wasn't completed quite right.

30-30 should be easy. The MNs will not be.



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Tore mine a couple years ago and elected not to undergo surgery. Have regained 85-90% use but still very careful not to strain it. Have shot an 8mm but it hurt. Probably going to a 243 for hunting. Getting a "standby defibrillator" put in shortly also. Be all wired up permanently--LOL.



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Big thing to remember is to do the exercises that you have been given, not just "when you remember" but ervy single time you were told to by your Dr.
If anybody needs rotator cuff exercises, then drop me a PM with your email address.

This in no way replaces what you have been told to do by your preferred medical professional, but with consultation with the same, may be added to your training and recovery regimen.

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My next-door neighbor is a golf fanatic and underwent the surgery.  He is very active and in fair shape.  The rehab took him a year although he was on the putting and chipping spots after 6 months. 

 

Don't know where you are in your recovery as regards the rehabilitation.  I know my neighbor had some scar tissue issues that were pretty uncomfortable to resolve.  I think he also had Nurse Bubba helping with stretching. 



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I totally destroyed my left, could not move the upper arm any.
5 1/2 hours of cutting and splicing, 5 months of rehab and I have 25% of strength and 90% range of motion.
Not a fun thing.



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No cuff problems but had a total right shoulder replacement
about 4 years ago. & recovery took as long as they said?
Took a full 18 months 2 years before I was to what is now normal. 30=30 should be OK, but the big boy heavy hitters???
Like already stated, you DO NOT want to be under the knife a second time.. Good luck & take it slow & easy. That worked for me. & do not forget exercise & stretching.



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Finally can wash under my arm, top of shoulder, and can stand "at ease" without pain.



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Thanks for all the feedback guys. I"ll be taking a country wide "geez I'm retired now" road trip in a few weeks and will do the exercises as best I can. Too bad my wife has to work and my three sons have to keep going to the community college--I"ll have to go all alone. Besides somebody has to stay home and feed the Rotties so they don't eat the neighbors kids--lol.

  Edited: removed the dbl tap for you--06. If you get to the East coast in your travels please drop in--will leave a light on for you--lol.



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hoplites1234 wrote:  in a few weeks and will do the exercises as best I can.
 

The exercises and stretching, are at least, as important, as the surgery.   You won't gain back the range of motion, by cheating on the stretching. 



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I tore my rotater cuff, chipped some bone, etc. It took almost two years to heal without surgery.



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My neighbor had RC surgery and was a bit lax on the exercises. Ended up with scar tissue impinging the movement. The physical therapist lectured him pretty severely about what needed to be done and then gave him a good reason to keep them up when she "did a little adjustment" to tear the scar tissue loose. I remember him saying that a root canal without anasthesia would be less painful than the adjustment. RD



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From my experience, I suspect PT's are only hired if they pass a test on SM practices.
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Jan 3, 2008, I sustained a 70% tear in my left rotator cuff. Finally quit being stubborn and had it repaired in August that year.
Four or five screws with strings attached later, I started recovery.
When it was time for PT, I had visions of a six foot, 220 pound Swedish lady working on me.
I was pleasantly surprised when my PT lady turned out to be a 5' 6" cutie.
All went well for a month or so. I reported one day to find a 6+ foot, 200 lb Swede guy.
He showed me the palm of my hand from behind my back. When he asked if it was hurting me, I said "Hell yes!"
Didn't make any difference to him!!!
Now I have 100% mobility and no pain.
Maybe he did some good.
All in all though, I wouldn't want to go through that again for anything.
It was my left shoulder, so could still shoot.
I would estimate my full recovery was about a year.



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Cuff repaired, two bones shortened, two anchors with shortened tendons/ligaments. 5 months rehab, one year recovery. I now have use I haven't had in years. Now I need to do the other shoulder and boy do I hate the thought. Need to replace an ankle also.



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Might be less painful to just give in!



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