/ Rotor Cuff Injury

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crisp - on 24 Jun 2014
Hi,
I have after several visits to Doctors and Hospital I have been diagnosed as having a rotor cuff injury. I have been offered two alternative treatments.
1. A course of ultrasound and phsio sessions
2. Steroid injections

I am thinking that option 1 would be best, any thoughts?
Ally Smith on 24 Jun 2014
In reply to crisp:

Start with 1, move to 2 if unsuccessful.

Caveat exemptor - 1 will only work if you actually do your exercises religiously
crisp - on 24 Jun 2014
In reply to Ally Smith:

That is exactly whst the Doctor said.
mark s - on 24 Jun 2014
In reply to crisp:

mine took 2 years to heal,not good
Ally Smith on 25 Jun 2014
In reply to crisp:

Mine has taken 3 months to heal up to a 90% strength level. Still a few stress positions it doesn't like, but strong enough for most activities (i.e. not done a high brace in the kayak yet!)

Get your theraband, do the exercises. Yes, they'll hurt, yes they'll work.
Keep it up!
ashtond6 - on 25 Jun 2014
In reply to crisp:

theraband everyday - look for exercises on the articles here

Mine is injured also, but miles better since ive started therabanding
Chris Harris - on 25 Jun 2014
In reply to mark s:

> mine took 2 years to heal,not good

Did mine 2 years 8 months ago. Had ultrasound, physio, steroid injection, the lot.

Operation is next Thursday.....
crisp - on 25 Jun 2014
In reply to crisp:

Thanks for the honest replies, I doubt many UKC contributers help out at the Samaritans. To the post which said I am now back to 90%, I only climbed VS on a good day with the wind blowing in the right direction before the injury. As for the time taken to recover, I could well be collecting my pension before I am back climbing routes in the Lancashire Quarries.

I may need to take up sailing.
In reply to crisp:

Dude it is ukclimbing not uksamaritans. These people who took time to give their view to allow you to be realistic about what is ahead are doing so in response to you asking "any thoughts?".why the sarkiness?
Simonfarfaraway - on 25 Jun 2014
In reply to crisp:

Option 1, put depends ultimately what grade of injury.

Wiki says (and this pretty much fits with what I learnt after same injury and surgery)

Surgery required/recommended:
full-thickness tear demonstrated clinically;
failure to improve after six–eight weeks of physical therapy;
activity levels requiring use of the shoulder.

Good luck
crisp - on 25 Jun 2014
In reply to nickinscottishmountains:

I was joking, The views expressed are correct and honest. :)
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crisp - on 25 Jun 2014
In reply to Simonfarfaraway:

The Doctor has decided on option 1, I have ten ultrasound and physio appointments on consecutive days. Then I go back for another assessment.


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