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    WSF Hardcore Poster Rectro's Avatar
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    Rotor cuff injury how long does it take to heal?

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    Earlyer in 2013 following advice to keep my left arm more straight, and higher, and I knew in that moment I tried this, I did something to my shoulder when I casted off the ground. The pain kind of only came back here and then a day or so after fishing, but had progressively got worse to a dull ache all the time. I stopped casting 6oz as any miss timed casts would do even more damage, and thought this would help. My Pendulum has got much more consistent, and am getting it on target for almost every cast, but know that iv got to let my shoulder heal.

    I had a little fall last week when the tide pulled me over onto my side, I didn't think anything of it until next day I couldn't lift my arm up hardly at all. For anyone of you who have done such a thing, how long did it take to heal, what did you have to do to treat it, and what effect did it have on your casting ability when you returned? I have a appointment coming soon to have a steroid injection.

    Thanks, Dan.

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    Not too sure what the fix is, prob rest and physio. I was doing some gym work and hurt something In my shoulder and I found most exercises painful, bicep curls, tricep dips, pull ups cos it all goes via the shoulder. Mine never affected fishing, however it took a long time to heal (I didn't see the doc or physio, it just got better over time).

    Hope you get a full recovery
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    Hi mate, tore mine last summer (cracking the main bearings while stripping down a V8 engine) went straight to the chiropractor who I see for my back.

    They grade the damage 1 to 4, 4 being surgery, mine he reckoned was a 2 to 3 so after some pulling a probing I got so as I could raise my arm above my head, after another couple of sessions I had full movement. The pain was there after a heavy day at fork for a couple of months but has been fine now for about 4 months.

    How long yours takes will depend on how bad you did it in the first place and the quality of the therapy

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    Is your bicep bruised?

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    Quote Originally Posted by conofish View Post
    Is your bicep bruised?

    @silver nicker thanks, sounds promising.

    Bicep feels fine for the left arm, I feel the pain in the Supraspinitus muscle, and right at the border of the Acromium process, and mid point of the Lateral Deltoid. Up until last week when I fell over in the sea, the pain was right at the border Acromium process, insertion of the lateral Deltoid/ proximity of the Humerus. As I lift the arm up past a certain point it the pain is sudden, and wont allow me to go any further. I could have to wait for months to get any NHS treatment, so would like to get doing something myself. The timing could not be worse in many regards.

    Iv over painted on a sculpt I did last year, the Blue area is where the pain is.

    I do have slight pain in the right bicep, and have nerve like ache in the forearm, haven't had that before.

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    Have done both rotator cuffs in the last few years and you have my sympathy! A good physio and lots of complete rest sorted me out in the end but it took months, both times. My physio gave me various exercises, which helped a lot. 2nd time was worse for me - did initial damage fixing rear shocks on the Landy and then had a full day's casting the following day - not clever... I would not contemplate casting till it's fully mended.

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    WSF Regular Poster conofish's Avatar
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    Ok, well I'm a trained physiotherapist. All I can really advise is that you go to a&e and say how much pain you're in. They should X-ray it which should tell them whether it's tendon or muscle. Tendon normally pulls a small piece of bone with it. The only way to get anything done is to pester them.

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    Totally agree with above statement,I have regular steroid injection in my knee after tearing both cruciate ligaments and medial ligaments and reconstructive surgery.
    But you need to know the extent of the damage if its torn the tendon away all the steroids in the world won't help.
    Hope you get better ASAP. Rich

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    Rectro,
    Some years back i had to have quarter-zones in my shoulder. Dirty great needle, meant to hurt like hell but i was in that much pain I hardly noticed it... Well cutting it short. I had two of these injections in a matter of a few months. Apparently you can have three injections. Anyhow, i was advised to try a copper bracelet, (yawn ! Not into that stuff, never have been.) But I tried it.... 28 yr's later never had another problem with that shoulder.... If I take the band of for a period of time(few weeks) pain starts to come back.. I ain't no Dr mate, but I would recommend giving a copper band a go.
    Oh the injury to my shoulder was work related... I was butcher and then worked in a carpet warehouse and then i worked in drylining. All these jobs involved lots of weight all on that shoulder. Few quid mate , give it a go !!

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    Over the years I have had many injections in my shoulder following a car crash in 1977.I was still in pain 30 years later,this is all because I never had the time to get it sorted out.In 2008 I had got to the point where I was having trouble lifting my arm up,so I looked up the nearest shoulder specialist and then had a scan.Mr Johnson said it was a mess in there and he would like to (debride it) that means smash the calcium build up off of the joint ASAP and also fix the rotor cuff.So I had it done, but to my suprise when I woke up I was told that while doing this he found a rotor cuff tear big enough to put his thumb in and had to stitch this up.That was the good news,the bad news was my shoulder had to be imobilised for 3 months.This was then followed by 6 weeks of physiotherapy.It took about 6 months in total to get back casting again,but I have had no problems since.I would listen to what conofish has to say and get it checked out properly and dont just get fobbed of with an injection.Insist on seeing someone who specialises in shoulders and not just an orthopedic surgeon.We are all special so see a specialist.
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