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    Question Rotator Cuff tear

    Has anyone had any experience of this op please? I fell off my boy straight onto my shoulder in May, had Xrays & thought l'm lucky it's not broken, but as the weeks passed & it wasn't getting better I went back to the Docs & they told me that this is what I've done & it won't repair itself - I need an op. Then it apparently has to be immobilised for 6 - 8 weeks to allow it to heal OK what has to be done has to be done, though I am at a bit of a disadvantage as I have a Malformed right hand which isn't very useful on it's own & the shoulder I've damaged was the good one, so I am a tad worried as to how I'm going to manage. I realise there are loads of you out there that have far more to cope with everyday, but I was just wondering how much if anything I will be able to do with that arm? Help please sorry this is a bit long.

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    Nonsurgical Options
    In many instances, nonsurgical treatment can provide pain relief and can improve the function of the shoulder.

    Nonsurgical treatment options may include:

    Rest and limited overhead activity
    Use of a sling
    Anti-inflammatory medication
    Steroid injection
    Strengthening exercise and physical therapy

    FROM: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00064

    Have you tried steroid injections? Not nice but better than being in a state for 6-8 weeks.

    My father managed to destroy both shoulders (bone, the joints!) in an accident and his recovery from that was surprisingly quick compared to the time frame they quoted!

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    My Mum has recently had a very similar op on her shoulder. The recovery period is a long slow process but she's really really pleased with the results so far. The sling was on for nearly 7 weeks.
    Making the most of every day with you Gazzy

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    No experience, but just wanted to wish you luck with the Op

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    Thank you everyone , I wondered if they'd give me a steroid injection, but they wouldn't as they said that I needed the op & the surgeon wouldn't want me to have the Steroid injection as it could interfere. The Pains not too bad right now & I'm not afraid of ops, but definitely not looking forward to having my arm strapped up. But I suppose 6 - 8 weeks is not too bad if I get a good result at the end & get back to riding.

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