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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Rotator Cuff Surgery 4 Weeks Post Op & Thank Yous

Today is 4 wks post op--just came back from physical therapy this a.m. I’m onto their game now. You have a couple days where you’re feeling good and living fairly pain free & thinking you’re on a roll then POW! They increase the level of torture. LOL!!!!

Seriously though, the PT said I’ve regained all but about 10 degrees of ROM w/the assisted exercises, so he pushed me harder–said he wants to do it now before the scar tissue hardens (or at least I think that was the verbiage). Can’t say it was fun but it’ll be worth it to get full use of my arm back. And Friday when I go back he’ll start me on some active exercises.

However, ratcheting up the physical therapy always means an increase in pain and soreness so I'll be increasing the Advil concurrently because I'm going to be a lot more sore when doing home PT tonight. 

Don't skip heating & icing respectively if you have this kind of shoulder work done.  Heat & ice are your friends!

Last but not least, many thank yous are due.  I already gave a shout out to my physical therapy team at Endurance Rehab ( and Dr. Lindner & his team ( for their excellent work and assistance.

Thanks also to my roommate, Sally for transportation & taking care of Aztec for me while I'm out of commission.  I'm also very grateful to my church family, especially Penny, Carolyn, & Pastor Mark for all their help.  Likewise my wonderful family and friends who have called or emailed to check on me & offer encouragement and assistance.  Thanks seems kind've lame, nevertheless, you have helped make an awkward time easier so my sincerest thanks to you.

Now on we go with more rehab and more adventures (Well, after I take a nap. Rehab wore me out.)!


Patti Shene said...

Brenda, I just caught up on your last few posts and followed the trail of your recovery. I'm glad you are doing well. It sounds like you are doing well. Compliance is the key, even when it hurts! I wish you the very best and hope that a couple of months from now, this will all be behind you and your shoulder will be good as new.

B.K. Jackson said...

Thanks! When you read up on rotator cuff surgery the one piece of advice you will hear over & over is to follow the advice of your doctor/physical therapist EXACTLY.

I think because no one wants to go through it twice! LOL!