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07-24-2009, 02:22 PM
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Torn Rotator Cuff

Just got the results of my MRI and the thread title says it all. Just wondering if anyone else on here has had to deal with this ( besides Hossa and Kessel) and what type of time frame I'm looking at before I can play hockey again. I've read anywhere from 6 months to a year. I'm pretty bummed. I just bought some sweet Eagle gloves that used to be Hartnell's at the Preds equipment sale. Guess they will stay new for awhile.

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Just got the results of my MRI and the thread title says it all. Just wondering if anyone else on here has had to deal with this ( besides Hossa and Kessel) and what type of time frame I'm looking at before I can play hockey again. I've read anywhere from 6 months to a year. I'm pretty bummed. I just bought some sweet Eagle gloves that used to be Hartnell's at the Preds equipment sale. Guess they will stay new for awhile.
Damn all of these injuries around here lately!

Hey the good news .... you can still skate, I was bummed about the torn bicep but hey .... I COULD STILL SKATE.

Are you having any surgery?

If you are just going to let it heal up you will probably get it inflamed again when you start playing. I am sure though that your MRI would show if it is permanent damage or just an inflammation.

Anyway good luck with it .... before you know it you will be playing again. You could jump in on shinny and just skate ..... maybe some sort of harness to prevent you from having a good range of motion may be good also.

I've never had a rotator problem so I can only guess.

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Get it dealt with. If it's serious, you'll be in for a world of pain for a long time if you re injure it. You won't have close to 100% movement, either.

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Oh I just read the title like he said haha ... TORN. Torn is not good for that obviously ... good luck with it. I would recommend if surgery is suggested to get it done so it doesn't ruin your future playing experiences.

I got extremely lucky with my torn bicep and in fact if I were given a choice to tear it where I did I would do so because any other way maybe and surgery would be the only way to fix it.

I have a full range of motion and my shot isn't affected which is really what I was concerned about. The only trouble I have had is holding anything with weight in the manner of holding school books under the arm. It feels weaker because that muscle is the one used for that.

I am sure with your rotator you will notice something like that and I hope you do not get caught in a position of having to prevent a fall where you have to catch your weight on it in a game and really mess it up more.

It took a few ice sessions before I felt like I could trust my injury again so you'll go through that as well.

While very boring you can go public skating, I did for 6 weeks and it sucked but at least you can get some kind of work in.

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Hey man I went through the same thing. I tore the tendon last year and left it alone. My shoulder dislocated 5-6 times after that.

The last time I popped it out I couldn't get it back in place myself so I had to go to the hospital and have them do it. They set me up with an appointment to see a specialist.

Initially, the doc was just gonna try therapy on it but he asked me how old I was and when I told him I was 19 he said I was better off having the surgury to fix it.

I had the surgury in February. My arm was in a sling for about 10 weeks. And after that it took maybe 3-4 weeks before I had full motion in my arm.

I definitly recommend the surgury if you can have it. Its just not worth the hassles and pains in the ass of having a shoulder that can pop out whenever.

Hope that helps. Anything else u want to know ask.

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Hockeyfan68:
I don't know if it's too late for you, or if it will help, but be sure and look into the"Buchberger 12"-a series of 12 rehab exercises for rotator cuff.
I couldn't lift my arm above parallel and now, six months later, can throw pain-free.
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Just got the results of my MRI and the thread title says it all. Just wondering if anyone else on here has had to deal with this ( besides Hossa and Kessel) and what type of time frame I'm looking at before I can play hockey again. I've read anywhere from 6 months to a year. I'm pretty bummed. I just bought some sweet Eagle gloves that used to be Hartnell's at the Preds equipment sale. Guess they will stay new for awhile.
This thread caught my eye, usually I don't browse around 'The Rink' section, but I figured I'd share my experience with this with you.

I can't remember the exact date, but it was between September and November of '06 that I tore my rotator cuff playing Football. My shoulder dislocated, and it kind of clicked back in when I got up. I took about a week off until I felt 'alright' again, and went back to playing hockey and football with my highschool's teams. I think that's what made mine so worse - I reinjured it several times after that to the point where it would dislocate from bumps or even occassionally if I was taking my shirt off.

I ended up going to see a specialist, and then having the surgery done (for reference, it was a arthroscopic left shoulder stabilization, I think). The recovery time was very, very long, actually. I had 6 - 8 weeks in a sling, and then months of physiotherapy. To this day, my shoulder is still not 100% and I can feel it when lifting things that are moderately heavy and haven't played hockey or football competitively since, unfortunately.

Are you having surgery on it?

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Get the work done now and you'll be happier in the long run.

It is going to take many months - but that's allot better than having the same PT now and going thru all of that only to re-injure it and wind up right back where you are today.

I just had an MRI on my sore shoulder and feel like I was lucky cuz no rotator cuff injury, other small things but not the big tear to deal with.

Good luck.

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When I was 15 I think it was my rotator cuff I torn. I couldn't raise my hand. I never told anyone thought in the playoffs I played through the pain. I never went to the hospital or anything it just eventually healed by itself. But every now and then when I play I re-aggravate it.

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My surgery is set for next week. My Doctor is the guy who was the Preds doctor for 1998 through 2007. He said 6 weeks in a sling, lots of PT and maybe back on the Ice in 6 months. Thanks to all who responded. Wish me luck.

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My surgery is set for next week. My Doctor is the guy who was the Preds doctor for 1998 through 2007. He said 6 weeks in a sling, lots of PT and maybe back on the Ice in 6 months. Thanks to all who responded. Wish me luck.
You sir have my good luck wishes for sure ... I mean it. Get well and heal up.

Before you know it you will be playing again .... and remember like I said, there is no harm in going public skating during this time just to keep the feel of it. It helped me out when I missed 6 weeks. I had missed 6 months with a bad hamstring injury 15 years ago maybe and that sucked because I could not skate for 3-4 months of that.

There is no way to get the same workout as when playing hockey so don't try to ... if you try to do too much and have a fall you will not like what you have done to your surgery.

Be safe and be prepared for some serious missing playing. If you go skate though it helps relieve that somewhat.

best wishes and again GOOD LUCK!

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Good choice.

Rest up for 6 weeks and then get after the PT - you'll be happy you did.

Best of luck.

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Gotta keep those rotator cuffs strong. At the gym, grab a 5 pound weight, lie sideways on a bench and work out that rotator cuff. Don't feel like a pansy because you have a small weight, it's really a tough workout. Rotate out and rotate in.

I usually do it on leg day because the shoulders won't be as worn out such as on chest day.

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Well since I know you all were losing sleep over the last 6 months, I thought I throw an Update on this. Last night I skated in my first game since the injury. It was a slow process of healing up with a piss load of physical therapy, but getting back out there was awesome. Scored twice, but stayed away from the corners for this game. Can't wait to get my legs back and be able to go 100% but damn I Love you Hockey and I missed you!!!!!

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Great news! Hope you will stay healthy from now on and score lots of goals!

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Its sorta weird I see this thread. I injured mine about 3 weeks ago. I took a week off and then later joined my team in the playoffs. 3 weeks later I'm still feeling a little pain but not too bad. I'm 14 hopfully this won't affect me long term. Anyways, I am going to physiotherapy and that seems to be helping, though I am playing with some soreness.

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