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(150,636 posts)
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 04:44 PM Mar 2014

I gotta tell ya...Physical therapy is kicking my a**!

I'm going twice a week now, and wow. Who knew the shoulder could regress as much as mine did during the three weeks I was immobilized after my surgery?

I am weak.

I am not flexible. (the joint, ya know?)

I have much work to do.

I knew it wouldn't be any fun, and it isn't. Still, I must DO IT. I want to be able to use my arm to its full capacity, and that means Physical Therapy.

I AM feeling stronger every week...it's worth it!

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I gotta tell ya...Physical therapy is kicking my a**! (Original Post) CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 OP
Glad to hear that. Xyzse Mar 2014 #1
Thank you, my dear Xyzse! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #3
Yeah... Xyzse Mar 2014 #5
Even though I'm complaining, I'm even gladder that I'm doing it. CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #6
Yeah me too. Xyzse Mar 2014 #7
Hugs to you for hanging in there! lunatica Mar 2014 #2
Aw, thank you, my dear lunatica! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #4
Ya need a veteran nurse to tell at ya to keep ya motivated!!! Paulie Mar 2014 #8
Ain't that the truth, my dear Paulie! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #11
What's the saying? No pain, no gain? mnhtnbb Mar 2014 #9
And I am pushing, my dear mnhtnbb! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #12
Physical therapy is hard work - and it will get your shoulder back to strength csziggy Mar 2014 #10
Wow, my dear csziggy... CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #13
You give me hope in case that shoulder gets messed up again csziggy Mar 2014 #31
I'm glad I gave you hope! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #32
The shoulder seems to be the worst as far as healing goes. GoCubsGo Mar 2014 #14
My dear GoCubsGo... CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #17
Shoulder rehab is a bear, but you can do it! we can do it Mar 2014 #15
I was immobilized 2 months with mine, I was a mess! we can do it Mar 2014 #16
My dear we can do it! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #18
Be patient, think positive, and stick with it! we can do it Mar 2014 #20
Hang in there Peggy! Every ounce of work you put in now will pay off for the rest of your life! Squinch Mar 2014 #19
This is what I think too, my dear Squinch! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #25
Is it that you can't get it up your back much above waist level ? dipsydoodle Mar 2014 #21
That is exactly it, my dear dipsydoodle... CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #26
Keep at it - TBF Mar 2014 #22
I am keeping at it, my dear TBF! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #27
DU rec frwrfpos Mar 2014 #23
My dear frwrfpos! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #28
Well... There is only one thing to do... Ohio Joe Mar 2014 #24
You are so right, my dear Ohio Joe! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #29
keep on truckin', Peggy! Kali Mar 2014 #30
Hey, Kali, thanks! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #33
If it's physical, it's therapy. Go get 'em, Peggy! Scuba Mar 2014 #34
Oh, good! Thank you, my dear Scuba! I'm getting! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #39
I hope it gets easier My Good Babushka Mar 2014 #35
My dear My Good Babushka... CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #40
Message auto-removed Name removed Mar 2014 #36
I am hanging in, and thank you, my dear nolkyz! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #41
Hang in there- stay strong lame54 Mar 2014 #37
You know I am, and thank you, my dear lame54... CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #42
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. malthaussen Mar 2014 #38
I keep telling myself that, my dear Mal... CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #43
Welcome to my world. Prisoner_Number_Six Mar 2014 #44
My dear Prisoner_Number_Six... CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2014 #45


(150,636 posts)
3. Thank you, my dear Xyzse!
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 04:58 PM
Mar 2014

It IS. Though the stretching out brings a tear to my eye...when my PT lady whispers "well done" I know it's worth it.


(8,217 posts)
5. Yeah...
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 05:00 PM
Mar 2014

Trying to bring out a better physical fitness is always worth it.

I thought I was going to die when I first started Insanity. I am still very happy I finished it(a few times).

Keep at it, and I am really happy you're doing that. My aunt, had to do that too with her arm, but she stopped, and the results were not good.


(150,636 posts)
6. Even though I'm complaining, I'm even gladder that I'm doing it.
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 05:04 PM
Mar 2014

My PT lady said she thought I'd be working through May for the best results.

In June, my husband and I will be going on a little driving trip, so I will stop by then.

I'm sorry your aunt stopped going.


(8,217 posts)
7. Yeah me too.
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 05:15 PM
Mar 2014

She stopped working her arm, that it became completely immobilized, puffy and atrophied.

It happens, so I am glad to know you're keeping at it. I know hers was an extreme case, but it is something I won't wish on any one.


(150,636 posts)
4. Aw, thank you, my dear lunatica!
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 04:59 PM
Mar 2014

I have to hang in there! Otherwise all this trouble will be for naught...

I'm looking down the road to when I will be well, and I know I'll get there...


(31,580 posts)
9. What's the saying? No pain, no gain?
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 06:10 PM
Mar 2014

Been there with a hip replacement.

Gotta' do your exercises. Just push through it...to the other side!


(34,156 posts)
10. Physical therapy is hard work - and it will get your shoulder back to strength
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 06:15 PM
Mar 2014

After my shoulder surgery my arm was immobilized for over a month. The big muscle at the top of the arm was atrophied - the ligament holding it up had snapped and the muscle had not really worked for ten months. I actually had three ligaments detached, two others damaged of the seven that make up the rotator cuff.

When I first started PT I couldn't lift my arm at all. Four months of PT and another two months of supervised exercise, I had 99% of function back. Twenty years later, that arm is still working great.

I know you will keep at it and your arm will feel like new in no time, CP!


(150,636 posts)
13. Wow, my dear csziggy...
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 06:23 PM
Mar 2014

You really went through it.

And look how well you did!

Thanks for sharing your story...

I can just barely lift my arm now, but I will get there. It can be discouraging. I need my arm back. It's hard to take pictures with it functioning so poorly!


(34,156 posts)
31. You give me hope in case that shoulder gets messed up again
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 11:43 PM
Mar 2014

The surgeon told me if I injure it again it can't be fixed - it's all scar tissue in the joint. But he told me that in 1993 before shoulder replacements were done much. With your example I have the expectation that if I do damage it again, he (or whoever replaces him when he retires) CAN repair that shoulder.

You'll be amazed at how fast your strength will come back. It's been twenty years, but if I remember correctly, within a few weeks I was able to do most things. Building up the strength to carry hay bales and other farm chores took longer.

BTW, I still have that puffin picture of yours - my husband hasn't seen it, but he wants me to stitch him a puffin. I want to use your picture as my model. I'll let you know when it's done!


(150,636 posts)
32. I'm glad I gave you hope!
Wed Mar 5, 2014, 12:01 AM
Mar 2014

I had been told that replacements weren't done routinely too, and like you, that was years ago. Now things have changed enormously.

I had a lot of scar tissue too, and they just cut it out. It made the surgery longer, but they were able to do it.

I am really honored that you want to use my puffin picture! Please feel free to do so. And I would love to see how your puffin turns out!


(32,383 posts)
14. The shoulder seems to be the worst as far as healing goes.
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 06:33 PM
Mar 2014

I mucked up my rotator cuff 15 years ago, and it still bothers me from time to time. I was fine as long as I kept up with the strength training, but that has long gone by the wayside. I am glad you are getting stronger, Peggy. I think I just need to take you as my inspiration to get back to the weight room. Swimming and the resistance training I get from doing Aqua Zumba just ain't cutting it.


(150,636 posts)
17. My dear GoCubsGo...
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 07:51 PM
Mar 2014

Shoulders are complex, troublesome joints! Not a simple hinge, like the knee.

If I can inspire you, it will make my life worthwhile!

You might consider asking your doc for a referral to a physical therapist--these people can, and do, work wonders.


(150,636 posts)
18. My dear we can do it!
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 07:54 PM
Mar 2014

Two months is a long time to be immobilized! I thought 3 weeks was awful...

I'm glad you're OK.

I am sticking with it...I want at least my shoulder to be normal!

we can do it

(12,360 posts)
20. Be patient, think positive, and stick with it!
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 08:08 PM
Mar 2014

You have a great attitude, so you will do well. Plan on keeping it in shape from now on.
I still do my shoulder exercises, because I never want to go through that again!


(42,239 posts)
21. Is it that you can't get it up your back much above waist level ?
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 08:17 PM
Mar 2014

They anaesthetised me to stretch the rotor cuff tendons and then I had physio most productive of which was strapping a belt round my wrist fed over my shoulder and then pulling it up - soon freed off.

Get well soon.


(150,636 posts)
26. That is exactly it, my dear dipsydoodle...
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 10:11 PM
Mar 2014

They have me doing similar stretching exercises and I can already see a small improvement.

Thanks, sweetie...


(32,585 posts)
22. Keep at it -
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 08:32 PM
Mar 2014

I have arthritis CAPeggy, and I find that the days I don't walk are worse than the days I do. I think that backs up the old saying "use it or lose it". Keep at it - you can do it!


(150,636 posts)
28. My dear frwrfpos!
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 10:13 PM
Mar 2014

The Lounge is a great place for getting away from GD craziness!

I am feeling better all the time, and thanks!


(150,636 posts)
29. You are so right, my dear Ohio Joe!
Tue Mar 4, 2014, 10:14 PM
Mar 2014

And you know all this is making me feel better!

Thanks, sweetie...


(150,636 posts)
33. Hey, Kali, thanks!
Wed Mar 5, 2014, 12:03 AM
Mar 2014

It won't be fast (unless months are considered fast, lol!) but I should get there.

A certain amount of pain is inevitable, but my PT lady is really good at helping me get through it.


(150,636 posts)
40. My dear My Good Babushka...
Wed Mar 5, 2014, 12:20 PM
Mar 2014

Well, it isn't really getting easier...When it does, they crank up the exercises and I start over!

I do expect it will pay off and that is what I want.

Thank you!

Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)


(17,396 posts)
38. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Wed Mar 5, 2014, 11:39 AM
Mar 2014

And if you believe that shit, I have some lovely ocean-front property in Wyoming I'd like to sell you.

-- Mal


(15,676 posts)
44. Welcome to my world.
Wed Mar 5, 2014, 12:31 PM
Mar 2014


I wouldn't wish this kind of long term pain on anyone. I've been doing therapy 2 hours a day, 3 days a week, for a year now. Although it does help considerably, there are days I'm really glad I have a script for Vicodin to help keep me from screaming.

I pray your recovery goes well and the pain and stiffness fades. Just remember that the body doesn't remember pain, so as it fades so will your memory of it.


(150,636 posts)
45. My dear Prisoner_Number_Six...
Wed Mar 5, 2014, 01:12 PM
Mar 2014

Oh boy, you have really been going through it, and for such a long time too...

Yeah, I use my Vicodin now and then too...

And I am eternally grateful that the body doesn't remember pain...

I hope you feel better too, my dear friend...

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