posted on Apr, 2 2021 @ 05:52 PM
Ketsuko, why didn't you tell me??? Holy crap!!
(I'm just kidding...sort of)
The PT gets worse! Like a LOT worse! I've been through a lot of PT in my life, and this is by far the worst! The amount of degeneration of
strength in my shoulder muscles is shocking!! My surgery was in early January, and you'd think I'd never lifted my right arm over my head in all my
life! I'm as weak as an infant I think (on my right side). It's just...well, shocking!
for the past 2 weeks we've finally gotten into active muscle engagement, and I feel like a little girl in nursery school! The "wall walks" (or
'ladders' as some call them) are pure agony.
I'm doing better at PT now, but I've actually started doing things I'm not supposed to do at home just to begin some strength exercises. I'm not
pushing it, but I am lifting my arm forwards and sideways. My GAWD, I can't imagine what a person who has been in a coma for several months must
have to go through to rehab!!! My shoulder has been inactive for about 90 days now since the surgery, and I think I've lost about 90% of my shoulder
strength overall. I am a complete weakling on my right side, and I'm ashamed!
Anyway, PT has gone to another level of pain, but in some ways I welcome it. Initially my attitude was "Owww, this hurts!", but now I want to push
harder, want it to hurt more. I'm now (finally) starting to see some big range-of-motion improvements, but it takes me a half a day or more to
recover from PT. Interestingly, PT also works out a lot of other muscles which are in non-injury areas...and those muscles get sore too.
With PT, I've found that the descending exercises and iso's are the worst. Going up is not much of a problem other than pure stiffness, but coming
down (especially if I go to fast) is pretty dang painful.
Question for you: Now I'm getting into some clicking and grinding, which I assume is scar tissue and trimmed cartilage being worn away. Was that
normal for you also? Sometimes it hurts, but I try to power through it.
Thanks (thanks for ALL responses from folks who have been through major shoulder surgery)!