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On the Mend~ Torn rotator cuff

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I managed to stay clear of trick parks all season long until I got cocky in mid April and went down hard off a box at Brighton onto my shoulder. There should be signs stating  OVER 40 DO NOT ENTER!!  ( wont be doing that again ) 

 

Anyway , as the title states I ended up with a torn rotator cuff - i'm currently in week 5 of recovery from surgery so i'm still slinged up and immobilized for another couple weeks

 

I know there are many fellow skiers out there that have gone through this and i figured it couldn't hurt to start a thread asking for any and all advice. whether its tips on exercises ,equipment, or techniques for the coming season to protect myself..... i welcome it all.

 

thanks in advance.

post #2 of 4

At the last weekend of this season I had a high speed crash and landed hard on my shoulder.  After MRI it was diagnosed as bursitis in the rotator cuff, so it's not as severe as yours since it wasn't torn and didn't require surgery to fix.

 

My best advice is to be diligent and do the physical therapy exercises.  It seems like you are not there yet but you will soon.  After an impact like that, muscles in the shoulder joint can get tight to protect the joint as much as possible.  The muscles are not likely to release on their own.  They are also likely to be "out of place" so you will get random pains when you go through range of motion due to impingement.  Your physical therapist will probably help you out with shoulder mobility work, but you also need to strengthen your muscles, particularly the ones in your back, to get the muscles back into the right place.  

 

Some of the exercises I was given were shoulder IYT exercise (google the exact term), external / internal rotations, push ups with emphasis on lats in the back.  At your first physical therapy session, your therapist will test your range of motion to determine what needs to be fixed and what kind of exercises you need specifically.  Be diligent with the exercise and proceed patiently - you don't want to rush it and re injure it.

 

On the other hand, you don't really need your shoulder to ski =)  

 

Good luck!

post #3 of 4

what surgery did they do?

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I had a pretty good tear in my subscap -  they did an open surgery so i have a pretty good sized wound - also had to pin tendons to my bone !

 

 

don't really need your shoulder to ski  - awesome! haha......

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