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Nov 30, 2020 - 6:41:45 AM
6187 posts since 9/5/2006

got an appointment wens. with my orthopedic dr to see which it is... i don't recall any injury lately but i do recall getting old. i don't know which it is.
anyone dealt with either of these lately?

Nov 30, 2020 - 6:49:47 AM

Owen

Canada

7491 posts since 6/5/2011

Yes, I have... latterly with the latter, and years ago with the former.  Matter of fact dealing with getting old(er) seems to be here to stay.... doc or no doc!   I hope the doc earns his/her money and things go well for you.

Edited by - Owen on 11/30/2020 06:51:56

Nov 30, 2020 - 6:54:54 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

25364 posts since 8/3/2003

Definitely check with your doctor. If it's not a torn rotator cuff injury, you may be able to get helped by physical therapy, but that's for your doctor to decide, not us lay people.

I've had both an injured rotator cuff (not torn) and bursitis and both were helped with PT and exercises done at home, heat treatment helped, too.

Nov 30, 2020 - 7:05:36 AM

399 posts since 9/6/2019

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Originally posted by 1935tb-11

got an appointment wens. with my orthopedic dr to see which it is... i don't recall any injury lately but i do recall getting old. i don't know which it is.
anyone dealt with either of these lately?


I tore my rotator cuff pulling a lawnmower cord. That's the only thing I could remember doing right before it started hurting. The doctor said that anyone who has ever thrown a ball or played a sport probably has tears in their rotator. He also said that unless you make your living with your shoulder, don't rush to get it surgically fixed. I went to therapy for a couple months for mine and there was a guy who had surgery that got frozen shoulder and had been trying to get it straightened out for a year.

Hopefully it's just a pull and not a tear and you'll get it sorted out quickly and not need anything more than a bit of therapy.

Nov 30, 2020 - 7:27:35 AM

6187 posts since 9/5/2006

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Originally posted by Banjonewguy
quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11

got an appointment wens. with my orthopedic dr to see which it is... i don't recall any injury lately but i do recall getting old. i don't know which it is.
anyone dealt with either of these lately?


I tore my rotator cuff pulling a lawnmower cord. That's the only thing I could remember doing right before it started hurting. The doctor said that anyone who has ever thrown a ball or played a sport probably has tears in their rotator. He also said that unless you make your living with your shoulder, don't rush to get it surgically fixed. I went to therapy for a couple months for mine and there was a guy who had surgery that got frozen shoulder and had been trying to get it straightened out for a year.

Hopefully it's just a pull and not a tear and you'll get it sorted out quickly and not need anything more than a bit of therapy.


well its in my off shoulder (non throwing)....  but lots of rifles and shotguns through the years,,, but not lately.  it may be bursitis i have already had injections in my knees.

Nov 30, 2020 - 4:40:05 PM

2382 posts since 4/5/2006

There was a time when I used to put in long hours of casting five days a week with two hand fly rods. When I complained to my doctor about shoulder pain & limited movement, demonstrating the motions & where the pain was, his advise was likely bursitis, comes with age, give it a rest. I did. It got worse.

A visit to a shoulder specialist was a completely different story. I was first sent out for X-rays. (tech said arthritis). Not convinced by the Z-rays & knowing a thing or two about fly casting, the doc suspecting torn rotator cuff,  sent me back for an MRI. When the MRI came back clean,  I was given a couple cortisone shots over a period of six weeks & put on a series of daily shoulder exercises between visits. Worked for me.  

Nov 30, 2020 - 5:37:41 PM

slammer

USA

3050 posts since 12/30/2008

Only way to find out is having an MRI done, but then again what does a dumb MRI technologist know!!!
I’ve got both left and right RCT’s and a torn biceps tendon on the left along with a history of frozen shoulder syndrome and 2 surgeries on the left and one on the right. I can barely get my arms up to comb what’s left of my hair and my buddies call me T-Rex cuz I can’t do a whole lot with my limited range of motion. Playing the banjo is painful as hell. Before I would start therapy or injections, I would want an mri done to find out exactly what’s going on in there.
Eventually , I need both shoulders replaced and I don’t think it will be long to get one of them done. Good luck and if need be get it fixed. Shoulder surgery is not pleasant, but worth it if done right !!!
Slammer!!!

Nov 30, 2020 - 5:50:45 PM
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wizofos

USA

5791 posts since 8/19/2012

I have osteoarthritis and have both shoulders replaced when they were down to bone on bone. Luckily the rotator cuffs were still good. I was back to cutting firewood (chainsaw) and other activities in about 6 months. I still have some pain but in general at 100%.
I agree about seeing an Ortho doc specialist and make sure that you are getting the right diagnosis.
Good Luck

Edited by - wizofos on 11/30/2020 17:56:49

Nov 30, 2020 - 5:56:32 PM

slammer

USA

3050 posts since 12/30/2008

Glen, I was hoping you’d chime in, as you are my shoulder replacement hero!!!
It’s getting close for me, I don’t know how much more I can take. I’m thinking right after ice fishing season!!!
Slammer!!!

Nov 30, 2020 - 6:08:30 PM
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wizofos

USA

5791 posts since 8/19/2012

quote:
Originally posted by slammer

Glen, I was hoping you’d chime in, as you are my shoulder replacement hero!!!
It’s getting close for me, I don’t know how much more I can take. I’m thinking right after ice fishing season!!!
Slammer!!!


I did not have any PT from a therapist. My orthodoc said he did not want a PT screwing up his work. He gave me some exercises and I did them religiously. Yes it hurts but the worse thing that can happen is to let your shoulder heal with limited range of motion.   Now if I can just get my lower back fixed. Arthritis has eaten up the disks and caused bone spurs that are pinching nerves but there limited options there. No one makes titanium spine replacements. 

Good Luck Dale.

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