last year I fell on my construction sight and injured my left shoulder.I am bricklayer which is a physical job with your shoulders. After talking to a doctor i had an MRI and these were the results were 1 cm linear low grade tear of the supraspinatus tendon and 1 cm interstitial low grade tear at the distal infraspinatus tendon. I under went PT because i had couldn't do any of the stretching movements and had very lil success doing there exercises. and saw three different surgeons. One of the surgeons wanted to just cut me open the other wanted to do an exploratory surgery while the last one the surgeon for the Cleveland Indians baseball team said with time maybe even a year he believes i would heal and just be fine. If not come see him.
well its been a year and a long one. ive had several hard times just dealing with workmans comp and my company. I was off for the first two months then i went back to work on light duty. Let me just say there isnt any light duty in my trade. I have been doing better i have my flexibility back and my strength has improved a bunch. I now can do three sets of 15 pd military press along with side raises and curls with minimal pain. i also can do 4 sets of 20 regular pushups. the downfall is that i still am week and sore after these exercises. The pain just doesnt ever seem to go away. I feel as if im getting stronger and stronger and healing but its been a year.
I just had another MRI with a more powerful magnet. The results were as followspartial insertional tear of the supraspinatus tendon which may extend to hte articular surface with a small cyst seen in the lesser tuberosity at the insertion of the supraspinatus tendon. OMG! i didnt know what to say. i see the surgeon in 3 weeks. He told me before that he could never take a knife to me because he couldnt help me if anything do more harm. I just dont understand that after a year this tendon isnt healed. how could this be? What should i looking at to fix this ? is there any other fixes besides surgury? be me getting stronger does that mean im healing but at a slow rate? and help would be greatly appriciated.