I won't be riding too much this fall. I just found out I have a rotator cuff injury. I am waiting for the xray results. It is very painful and they have me on prednisone and I have vicidan if I can't take the pain. It hurts very much to move my right arm. Any how, does anyone know how long this takes to recover from? I started having problems on and off with that joint in August till it became so painful I finally had to go to the doctor.
And I am still waiting to get some acupuncture done on my mare for her rump pain. ARGH!!!
I had that issue a few years ago. But I did it when the schoolie I was riding decided to go one way before a jump and I went the other way! Landed on my left shoulder badly. Went to an Immediate Care Center. Rotator Cuff injury. It hurt like hell.
I was "out" for about 3-4 months. Had to do PT also. I still have trouble with it from time to time.
How did you injure it? You may need an MRI to see if there is a tear or lesion. Your recovery time depends on exactly what is wrong, and sometimes they don't know for sure unless they do a diagnostic arthroscopy. Good luck!
Been there done that... got the operation. Had an old injury riding that just would not heal...went on for a few years. (note to self: when you get thrown off LET GO OF THE REINS) WISH had done the operation WAY sooner... as it had been so long he had to scrape off bone spurs as well as reattach torn and damaged tissue. I was out of work for 3 months...could not ride for 6. The major warning from my Dr was if I reinjured it he probably could not fix it again. Of course I was really resistant to getting sliced...went the physical therapy route ( waste of time) got the injections (Painful waste of time) Only bright spot was the motions the therapist gave me to do mirrored brushing my horse...so he got LOTS of hide scrubbing. Good luck..
I had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder 3 years ago and am supposed to do my left one now but putting it off till Dec. after my crops are all in. It can be very painful for sure most the time I've gotten to where I have to sleep in a chair lately. When I had my other one done right from the day after it was done I had less pain then before. Lots of PT but I was back to using it more then before the surgery in a few weeks.
The thing is, I am not sure how it happened!!! It started bothering me sometime in August. Ugh!!! Any how, I was xrayed on Friday and will be awaiting to hear the results. And if necessary, I will be sent to get an MRI. I have just started my prednisone (for only a week) and that is starting to bring me relief. I am not supposed to be using my arm for a while - that means no heavy lifting, no stall cleaning, etc.
Yes the Dr. did mention physical therapy eventually. What exactly does that involve?
Being dealing with my rotator cuff injury for 19 months now. Evidently I have tendonitis and bursitis as well as frozen shoulder. I have had x-rays and ultrasound. Been in Physio since July, just had my shoulder injected with cortisone and ha. It's pretty good now. I go and see the surgeon again on Oct. 27.
Anyway, good luck, hopefully they find out quickly what is wrong with your shoulder. We are still looking for the underlying cause of my problems.
I strained my rotator cuff twice (two different falls during skiing... ouch) and was really bad and kept riding anyway.... just took my arm out of the sling and off I went! I could move my arm back and forth, just not out or up. I had someone tack up my horse (because I couldn't lift the saddle) and continued to ride.
I got lucky that I didn't reinjure myself. I was awfully stupid as a high schooler.
An MRI will tell you if you have a tear. If it is really bad, insist on a full workup and do it asap. Mine was a progressive injury (racing mountain bikes, throwing hay over my head, playing softball, etc), and I put off going to the doctor way too long. By the time I went, mine was torn all the way through and required a major surgery, which sidelined me for probably six months...and it was probably a full year before it really felt right again. They repaired the soft tissue, removed a lot of inflammation, and shaved bone out of my shoulder. Had I seen about it sooner, it may have been able to be repaired with a scope, which would have meant a much shorter recovery time.
The good news? That was 14 years ago and it rarely bothers me anymore, so the surgery was a success. But don't wait to get a diagnosis.
I did the PT religiously and I didn't think there was that much pain certainly not nearly what I had before surgery. Every person I talked to that had the surgery that did all the PT they were supposed to has nearly full strength and use. Everyone that told me they didn't do the PT as they were told to doesn't have nearly as much use and has pain still. To me it was a no brainer to pound out the PT
A lot may depend on what type.severity of your rotator cuff injury. There's many a way to screw those up and varying degrees in which to do it.
Most, if not all, are pretty darned painful. You'll know the extent of healing/surgery/pt after you get better x-rays. Here's hoping it's on the minor side for you.
My hay guy just had rotator cuff surgery this past early spring. He was really good with the PT, never missed an appointment and *as* important...followed the PT's advice on both what exercises to keep up at home and what not to do during healing.
He was almost one armed for 2 months...still taking care of haying but slower since there was little he could do with one arm. Now he's pretty much 100% in it.
Everyone I know who's had injured or worn out rotator cuffs has said that as uncomfortable as things were after surgery...the pain was different and not as bad as pre-surgery. That the PT isn't painless and you're pretty sore the next 24 hours but there is improvement little by little if you follow it religiously.
I've never had a rotator cuff injury...I do have two screwed up shoulders but from arthritis and oddly in my shoulder blades and not cuffs. (yeah, apparently I'm talented at messing myself up, LOL) But I have had to have PT on other injuries (knee, ankles) and can honestly say I probably wouldn't have the chronic seasonal knee issues I STILL have today (more than 20 years later) if I had just listened to my PT back then and did what he said. But no, I had to rush getting back into riding and using it and skipped some sessions because they were inconvenient and it was stupid as heck of me. Back then I was foolish and proud and thought it was a badge of honor to "suck it up" or "cowboy up" and limp along. Dummy that I was. (well, still am)
So please do listen to your doctor and your PT...100%. Lifelong discomfort isn't worth trying to rush along a few weeks of correct care.
County, did you ever get any rest in a chair? I've tried...I can't seem to sleep well. But if I lay flat I roll on my sides in my sleep and am pretty painful in the morning. I'm thinking of buying a really big plush recliner to try sleeping in.
You jump in the saddle,
Hold onto the bridle!
Jump in the line!
Be careful before rushing into anything. Shoulders are so complex and often misdiagnosed. I have injured both my shoulders, different injury each time, one "rotator cuff" and the other "frozen shoulder.
My doctor told me that they had done studies, you see. Said that they would take two years to heal, with or without treatment. And they did. I'll tell you - excruciating. One happened when I was dismounting off my l7.00 hh horse and as I slid down, something just tore. Done that dismount a million times, too.
For a long time I had a funny chicken wing, but it's quite straight now and I was able to ride a few month later. My sympathies.
I rode all through my rotator cuff injury. It did not hurt to hold the reins but it hurt like hell to do anything else. I just let it heal over time and it took several years to stop hurting everyday and several more to stop hurting after too much use, being jarred, stuff like that. I don't think that surgery would have sped that up I just think that injuries like that take a long time. Its taken a good 2 years to be back to 90% after every break I've had and joint injuries like are worse.
A sportsmedicine specialist came to our business and gave a very detailed talk on rotator cuff injuries.
He emphasized that each injury is different and unique, so I seriously doubt anyone can answer your question, 'how long will it take to heal'. If each injury is unique, how long it took your friend to heal up won't necessarily apply to you.
He explained that there's a number of different structures in the area and ways that they can be injured, so each injury is different.
He did say in general, that it will often heal faster in a young person, and that in the older person it may involve arthritis and other more difficult to address changes (long term chronic, multiple re-injury, etc).
What he DID say is that you have to do exercises to prevent it, and after the acute period, exercises are therapeutic.
I've seen people take a very long time to heal up, seen people feel better almost immediately after surgery, seen people heal up without surgery, etc.