Re: Has anyone had AC surgery due to degeneration? Help!
Hi Pwalla! On 18th of february 2012 is 4 years since I got surgery on my right supraspínatus(part of the rotator cuff). I recovered for 3 weeks in a RedCrosshótel where food was served.My operated arm was very immobile, couldn´t put my socks on or brush teeth. First week I had to eat full boxes of painkillers. The orthopedian told me I should sleep "sitting in bed" for at least 1 month so the tendon would heal better. I started PT after 8 weeks. My PT would f.i. let me do "sideways lifting", which I couldn´t because also my left supra needed a decompression(!) January 2009 I got a decompression on my left supra, actually a minor surgery through small holes in my shoulder. My left shoulder also had become very stuck, it´s range of motion was incomplete so I had to start working on getting full motion back.After some months daily exercising for 6-7 hours plus working for 8 hours full motion came back. PT told me that a drop on the left-outstretched arm would have ripped my left supra also. This recovery needs lots of patience, f.i. I didn´t get a real night´s sleep for 18 months (!) Now after nearly 4 years since surgery I don´t have no longer nightpain after a hard working day. As a result of the ripped supra my right shpulder is still more sensible to tiredness also my right elbow has a tendency to get a tennis-elbow. I still have PT once a week as it turned out that problems have started decades ago because of a "turned" pelvis. A genetic reason is the cause of ligaments shortening around the pelvis because of poor bloodflow. The lower part of the spine has to adjust and cartilage wears out to help with the adjustment. So now I do exercises to stabilize the pelvis. My PT says cartilage will kind of recover with a type of scar tissue which is no longer elastic like the original cartilage. I feel better every day as long as I keep on exercising. I wish this is a little help for you.