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Old 09-13-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Shoulder Ligament Help

My girlfriend had an MRI of her left shoulder and went to the doc to get her results. She was told she has a full ligament tear, so her family doc is sending her to the specialist I actually see and has done shoulder surgery on me. Anyway can anyone give her any info on ligament surgery until she see the specialist, like recovery, pain, how long your off work, how long in a sling, and any other info. We do not know which ligament until we see the specialist, but hopefully til we get more info someone can gives us someone kind of help until then.

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Old 09-20-2012, 08:49 PM   #2
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Re: Shoulder Ligament Help

Don't know if this will be much help, but

I had a three-quarter tear of the supraspinatus tendon. Basically off work, and in a sling for three months. Depending on what her work requirememnts are, this could be different. Pain from surgery was was what I consider normal expectations, but the initial PT visits when they started stretching things out again-definitely need your pain meds for that! She needs to be very diligent about doing whatever home exercise routines that her PT gives her , and spring the bucks for the ice machine. Most insurance companies won't cover that, but it is a godsend for pain control. Regarding bathing, get one of those showerheads on a hose, and she'll need assistance washing her hair for probably close to three months. Big baggy T-shirts initially, and pants with elastic waist bands and slip on shoes. If you're a handy man kind of guy, see if you can fix her bed so she can sleep at an angle. 45° is too much, probably closer to 30° angle. Much more comfortable than trying to sleep in a recliner. Lots of pillows too for support. Good probability that she won't be able to provide her own transportation initially, primarily because of the pain meds. And be forewarned, the pain meds I was on, really mucked up my sleeping patterns. Lots of good movies, audio books, etc. to kill time at home.

Good luck, and a speedy recovery!

PS, PT ran almost 12 weeks. Twice a week, initially these visits lasted about an hour and a half. Oh yes, research your physical therapy offices, get one that specializes in shoulders it will really make a difference on how thorough her recovery is regarding range of motion etc.

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