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Teenabeena


Mar 17, 2013, 11:22 PM
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Fall after rotator cuff/labrum repair ouch
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Just about six weeks after a subscap repair and type 2 labrum repair, I fell and threw up my left arm (operated side) to catch myself. I fell against a bed so it wasn't too far but I definitely felt the pain. No bruising but one week later it still hurts. The doctor and pt think I injured it but that I didn't disrupt the sutures. If I had, excessive bone bleeding would lead to bruising and EXCRuCIATING pain. I agree but am concerned that I've set myself back several weeks, especially with the fact that I was ahead of the game and was moving along to isometrics at week 5 pain free. Now it's incredibly inflamed and I can feel a distinct tweaking pain right along the bicippital groove. I'd like to hear from anyone that's had a similar experience?


onceahardman


Mar 18, 2013, 4:24 PM
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Re: [Teenabeena] Fall after rotator cuff/labrum repair ouch [In reply to]
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I have not had a similar experience, but have treated lots of shoulders.

I hate begging the question, but:

Teenabeena wrote:
The doctor and pt think I injured it but that I didn't disrupt the sutures.

So, you have told us what the MD and PT said the injury ISN'T.

Did they tell you what the injury IS?

Biceps long head strain/partial tear is certainly in play. Complete biceps tear is probably ruled out due to the amount of pain. After a few seconds, a complete long head biceps tear is generally painless (or at least mine was). Other rotator cuff pathology besides subscapularis is another possiblity, and does not exclude the apparent biceps pathology.


Teenabeena


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They did not give suggestion for what it was, only that it should get better after inflammation goes down. He (doc) gave me a 5 day round of toradol to try to calm it down then I'm to get an mri if it hasn't gotten any better.

So it sounds like it's possible I've screwed this up to the point of needing additional surgery? And may I ask-are you a pt or md or something else and have you seen people fall at about the 6 wk mark after surgery? I'm wanting/hoping to hear that other patients have had similar setbacks but still recovered to 100%.


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Mar 19, 2013, 3:36 AM
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I'm a PT

I have not seen anyone who fell 6 weeks after RC repair.

I was just guessing based on the very limited info you have given.

You should really ask your PT and MD what they think, specifically. They have their hands and eyes on you.


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