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Old 07-23-2010, 08:25 AM   #1
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Rotator Cuff Questions

Mine maybe torn - not sure, getting an MRI today.

Fell off a segway 2 weeks ago. Our security cameras added insult to injury by capturing my spectacular flight with a less than stellular landing.

I ride one here at work almost every day and have for nearly 2 years (over 1000 miles). It was a combination of a new segway (smaller tires - waay less grip than the off-roads I'm used to) and me horsing around - aka me being a dumbass)

I landed on my forearm and it jammed the out of my shoulder. It has only been 2 weeks and I am considerably older than formerly famous - banned for eternity GB! I don't expect it to be well yet, but it is moving along slowly.

IF it is torn - anyone had the surgery done? Would you live with it or do the surgery?

Who would you go to Houston?

Anyone heard of know anything about Dr Rick Nixon (he's in Houston)? I met him through flying and have heard good things about his work on shoulders and knees. I'm thinking about using him - sort of scared of anyone down here in Corpus.

I have never liked the idea of surgery if I can heal as well without it - not sure that is the case with a torn rotator cuff.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:32 AM   #2
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I got a buddy at work having surgery on his RC next week

I can ask him about his Dr.

He was telling me he interviewed some others that have had theirs fixed, and they said some mechanical chair that cost 500 bucks to rent was very helpful to their recovery. Not sure what it is called.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:54 AM   #3
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I have a friend that suffered for years with shoulder trouble because he was afraid the surgery wouldn't go well.
When he finally got it done and was all healed he said waiting was a mistake. His shoulder was virtually 100% and he had gritted his teeth through pain everyday for a long time.
Of course your results could vary and I would be very careful approaching the idea. I have known others that felt like surgery didn't help them at all (non-shoulder). Hope it all goes well for you bro and say hi to GB for me.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:55 AM   #4
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fell off my 10 a year ago 7-4
couldn't raise my right arm for a month.
healed up alright.
tuff it out
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:55 AM   #5
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BTW where's the vid?

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my dad has had it done 3 times...lost a little bit of ROM and it was painful after surgery trying to rehab it, but it had to be done, the muscle was seperated from the bone the 1st time, next time the muscle was torn in half... not sure about the last one. each was about 7 years apart
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I demand the video as well.

I had my shoulder cuff + more repaired here in Houston by Dr. Bruce Moseley. I don't know why I waited the 3 or so years to get it repaired. I can say for my daily activities it is 100% as far as range of motion and strength is concerned. If I were to take up waiting tables, I'd have trouble carrying the tray above my head, but that could be fixed with the right exercise.

I have only one area around my tricep area that is numb feeling where I must have experienced nerve damage during my injury.
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I don't know how to post the video - I'll get back on late this afteroon or this evening - gotta go get the MRI now - someone can talk me throught posting the video or I'll email to somone to post for me. Thanks for the replys - keep em coming - will update this pm.
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Mine maybe torn - not sure, getting an MRI today.

Fell off a segway 2 weeks ago. Our security cameras added insult to injury by capturing my spectacular flight with a less than stellular landing.

I ride one here at work almost every day and have for nearly 2 years (over 1000 miles). It was a combination of a new segway (smaller tires - waay less grip than the off-roads I'm used to) and me horsing around - aka me being a dumbass)

I landed on my forearm and it jammed the out of my shoulder. It has only been 2 weeks and I am considerably older than formerly famous - banned for eternity GB! I don't expect it to be well yet, but it is moving along slowly.

IF it is torn - anyone had the surgery done? Would you live with it or do the surgery?

Who would you go to Houston?

Anyone heard of know anything about Dr Rick Nixon (he's in Houston)? I met him through flying and have heard good things about his work on shoulders and knees. I'm thinking about using him - sort of scared of anyone down here in Corpus.

I have never liked the idea of surgery if I can heal as well without it - not sure that is the case with a torn rotator cuff.
I am an xray tech and work with ortho surgeons everyday. GET THE SURGERY! It will do better in the end. PM me, I work with a great shoulder specialist! Dr. Alex Schroeder.
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Get an MRI to see how bad it is first. I had injured mine about 6 years ago but it wasn't that bad although it hurt like . After a few years I was as good as new.
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I am an xray tech and work with ortho surgeons everyday. GET THE SURGERY! It will do better in the end. PM me, I work with a great shoulder specialist! Dr. Alex Schroeder.
Living with one right now... it goes from a pinch to wetting myself is I lift my arm above my head for the last 5 years...

If it's the Schroeder that has the office in Alvin I would recomend someone else...
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Go see Dr. Eugene Lou, Fondren Orthopedic Group. He's the best orthopedic I know.
He's cut on me twice, Brandon twice and Steve MacNamara and a few other racers I know.
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Living with one right now... it goes from a pinch to wetting myself is I lift my arm above my head for the last 5 years...

If it's the Schroeder that has the office in Alvin I would recomend someone else...
its schroeder in memorial city. Beltway 8 and I10
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Ok - Got the MRI today - first one of those I've ever had. Doesn't hurt, but takes a while - I was in the tube about 25 - 30 minutes (seemed like an hour). It's noisy too! The tech said he didn't have to re - do any shots, that all the images were really good first run - I think that means I didn't move too much.

I tried to get the tech to tell me if he saw anything - I know he isn't supposed to say anything and he really isn't qualified, but I'm sure they are pretty good after years of looking at them. I tried pretty hard to mess with him - what I gathered (guessed) is that he saw some fluid (whatever that means) and didn't act like he saw anything really bad???? Hope that part is right.

I'm supposed to get the results either Monday or Tuesday and will post what I'm told.

Thanks for all the recommendations and good advice. Patrick - what did Dr Lou fix on you? Brandon?
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I had my surgery this past December after my bike wreck.. The surgery is up to you like others stated I wasnt able to lift my left arm but after a month or so I could but still had pain here and there. Some of my movements were restricted but I tuff it out for a while and wen ahead with the surgery in December. My is better now.. Its just up to you and how bad its torn
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I deal with a lot of RTC injuries over at the VA. If you do go ahead with the surgery, the key to your recovery is to make sure that you religiously do the exercises that will be prescribed by either an OT or a PT who will be doing your follow up care. It's easy to blow off the exercises because they seem stupid and hardly involve any type of weight, but the difference in recovery is night and day between those who do them and those who don't.
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