I shoudl know this answer, but I don't

  1. Having worked ortho for several years i should know the answer to this, and if a patient asked me i wouldn't have to think twice about it, but i'm drawing a blank. I think i have torn my rotator cuff in my left shoulder, i pooped it out being stupid with the dog, but i manged to get it back in (wan't totally out) that was about a month ago, i can deal with the pain, and the only reason i would consider having it done is because i lost about 30 yards off my drive and my irons are coming up about 10 yars short, ie my golf game has $hit the bed. Question is how log till i can play again if i get it scoped? BTW doesn't realy hurt when i play, or later that day but the next days is a little rough.
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  3. by   P_RN
    Frankly I'd take the 30 yd loss. A cuff tear is musculo-tendenous....and while it is fixable, it is a bitc* for pain.


    Try this site from Wheeless.

    http://www.medmedia.com/orthoo/65.htm
    Last edit by P_RN on Nov 7, '01
  4. by   nurs4kids
    Originally posted by kewlnurse
    i pooped it out being stupid with the dog, but i manged to get it back in.
    come again???
  5. by   kewlnurse
    I was wrestling with black dog, she's a mut, little of everything, weighs about 50 lbs. and my shoulder poped out of the joint partway, happen before about 12 years ago when i was into lifting weights and was doing dips, and again with military presses.
  6. by   codebluechic
    Originally posted by kewlnurse
    i pooped it out being stupid with the dog, but i manged to get it back in .

    Huh?
  7. by   canoehead
    He POPPED it out playing with the dog. All that MICU information is crowding out his grade 2 spelling assignments.

    Hope you are doing well Kewl. I see people talking about pictures you posted and I missed them, could you put em up for me? Please?
  8. by   MollyJ
    Kewl,
    Go see a doctor, like a primary doctor, and let him examine you, prescribe some NSAIDs and maybe refer you for some PT. Treat Rotator cuff surgery (if it is indicated) like the last resort it is. Most primary docs know that some ortho (and other) surgeons who they refer to will likely do surgical interventions and others are more likely to do medical trial first before surgery. Personally, if it were my shoulder, I'd try medical trial of treatment first before i had surgery, but that is my opinion. Often a shoulder is far from "like new" after rotator cuff surgery and rehab.
  9. by   NickiP
    Definitely have shoulder scope as a last resort! Had mine done last december and while I'm glad I did it, my rehab was one of the hardest things I've ever been through. A little history- I think I hurt mine early last fall lifting weights- no big injury, just increasing pain c mov. Went to my primary, took oral pred, no luck and went to orthoped( luckily I work in surgery and knew who was the best- make sure you find the "shoulder guy" in your area-that makes a big difference in your healing), tried Vioxx, PT, and a series of 3 cortisone injections in shoulder-No relief. Iwas lucky I never had a tear,but bursitiis, tendonitis and impingement and the pain was continuous. Finally decided to have sx in December and was scared to death, because in my area(post-op) widely known that shoulders and lap chole are most painful sx. Made it through okay (pain was rough-but Tylox saved me) but then came sling for 6 weeks and physical therapy 3xwk for 3 months. Was told to expect 6 mos. for pain to subside and full ROM back. We tell our rot cuff. 9mos-1 year. getting the picture? LOONG recovery!!! I had debridement, clavicle excision (all standard) plus capsulorraphy(shrinking of capsule-think of putting saran wrap and heat shrinking over joint).. I had anterior laxity and dislocation which sounds like what you did with your dog. Am pain-free for most part-still have bone pain and can tell when it is going to rain or get cold and have limitations with working out. Bottom line- I am glad I did it but my shoulder will never be the same. This isnt meant to scare just want you to know what you're up against and be sure you find the right MD ( I have seen so many disasters) Let me know if I can help and good luck. Nicki
  10. by   kewlnurse
    Thanks for the advice everyone, i think i'm going to let it ride, weather sux here so i won't be golfing probably till march when i got to Nirvana, aka Myrtle Beach. Comes and goes, 800 motrin seem to get me through most of the time.
  11. by   kids
    Good grief Kewl...it's only (gag) GOLF!

    -nancy
  12. by   kewlnurse
    Originally posted by kids-r-fun
    Good grief Kewl...it's only (gag) GOLF!

    -nancy
    ARGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ONLY GOLF! ONLY GOLF!?!?!?!?!?
    Are you stricken with some sort of mind altering affliction?
  13. by   kids
    Originally posted by kewlnurse


    ARGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ONLY GOLF! ONLY GOLF!?!?!?!?!?
    Are you stricken with some sort of mind altering affliction?
    Judge for your self, go see Off Topic----Sick in bed...
  14. by   CashewLPN
    Golf is not just a sport... its a lifestyle...

    And-- Dan-- I'm gonna start PT for you guess what--

    You got it...
    Rotator cuff injury...

    xcept-- I hurt it at work... Workers comp.
    and-- light duty... so i'll blow out my elbows with the charts...(see the reasonings?)

    Feel better.
    --Barbara

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