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    Cannot wait

    It's been a loooong 9 months, but I've finally gotten an ok from my doctor to get back in the water after shoulder surgery (6 screws and countless internal stitches) to repair my rotator cuff and labrum. I don't care how crappy it is...I will be out there tonight. Sooooo looking forward to it.

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    Paddle for a few days and get ready for next week!

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    I've had shoulder surgery,twice... Just make sure your shoulder is ready. I still have problems with my shoulder, and wish I did a better job with the rehab.

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    How long is the rehab in PT, realistically, from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum AND a torn rotator cuff (same shoulder)?
    And how many sessions per week of PT do you need to attend in that rehab timeframe?

    Reason I ask, is that I've heard its up to one year. What's been anyone's experience on this front?

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    Can a person SUP with Shoulder Issues? Just wondering...

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    Quote Originally Posted by darippah View Post
    Can a person SUP with Shoulder Issues? Just wondering...
    Paddling into a wave on a surfboard is really tough on my injured shoulder, and it makes it pretty vulnerable for dislocation. SUP is very different motion on the shoulder, since your arms are down by your side. For me SUP doesn't cause me any shoulder problems.

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    I am currently lucky to not have any major injuries, but I can not stress the benefit my surfing recieves from my regular excersize routine.
    I hit the gym for weight training.. but I believe the most benefit is realized with my running routine.
    the running routine is 2 to 3 sets of 30 pushups and 2 to 3 sets of leg lift crunches, followed by a 3 mile run with the goal being how fast I can run it. (3times per week, the days I dont lift weights).
    just fyi.
    good luck with the rehab and welcome back!

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    Been there done that... several times...

    1) Thoracic spine mobility
    2) Internal rotation range of motion
    3) Scapular retraction/depression strength & endurance
    4) External range of motion might be bad after surgery too

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    How long is the rehab in PT, realistically, from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum AND a torn rotator cuff (same shoulder)?
    And how many sessions per week of PT do you need to attend in that rehab timeframe?

    Reason I ask, is that I've heard its up to one year. What's been anyone's experience on this front?
    It can vary, but for me it was 6 weeks of immobilization (watercast), 6 weeks of range of motion type stuff, and then another 12 weeks of strength with mainly isometrics before I was cleared to surf. PT was typically 3 times a week but you're still doing PT every day. Even after 6 months though it wasn't for until a full year that I really felt comfortable with the shoulder. Those first times out I'd dial it back when paddling for fear of re-dislocations...Continuing PT exercises and taking up weight training I think were key as everything has stayed in place for the past 6 years.

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    I originally injured it 6 years ago (dislocation) and ignored it until January, when I could barely move my right arm. Was finally able to do the surgery in May followed by 4 weeks of immobilization with passive PT range of motion 3x per week. After that it was PT 3x per week (range of motion and strength training) until about a month ago when I was released from PT provided I continued the strength training on my own, which I have been doing religiously and love it. Started swimming about 3 weeks ago and have the entire range of motion with about 90% of the strength in my right arm. Although the Doc said I'm ok to go, I only plan to paddle around some as I do not to go around this again. Probably will not be catching anything for another month if not longer. I have been told expect it to be a year until you feel "normal".