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Comment from: Boater, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 18

I'm 82. I spent two days raking and pulling at vines and other growth while preparing an area for planting grass. I hauled off 12 wheelbarrows of debris. I am right-handed so most of the hard pulling was done with my right arm while my left arm guided the rake. Initially, pain was in my neck and shoulders and therapy started with various exercises. X-rays showed nothing. Then the pain went to my right shoulder and an MRI confirmed injury to my right rotator cuff.

Comment from: CheriP, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I tore my rotator cuff playing racquetball last night. I had surgery on it about 15 years ago. I understand ibuprofen is good and possibly ice. Guess I'll be out of racquetball for a while. I'm in major pain.

Comment from: kc, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

Yikes! I turned 44 on Monday and did this really new fun yoga move under a great teacher and had no problems. The next day, I tried a repeat of the back bend into handstand and my shoulder 'buckled' as I rolled out of it. I tried to move my arm and felt it. Five days later still, I still have a limited range of motion. I'm using lots of ice and ibuprofen, but I fear the worst! Two years ago, I injured my rotator cuff on other arm doing power yoga. No yoga for me for a while!

Comment from: twannman112, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 22

I injured my shoulder lifting weights. I just started lifting again and I think I started lifting weights that were too heavy, which caused the injury.

Comment from: verna, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I was bailing water from a basement drain using a gallon jug and throwing it over the side of the driveway. The wind and heavy rain blew debris down blocking the drain, and water was running quickly into my garage.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I work in manufacturing and was at work and it had rained quite a bit that day and the floor was wet (the roof is not in perfect condition). I was attempting to push a cart on wheels that was loaded with about 1500 lbs of material. I leaned into the load and pushed and my feet went flying out behind me and I fell to the floor while still holding onto the bar of the cart. The instant pain was in my knees having fallen to hard concrete. After somewhat recovering from the shock and pain in my knees I tried to lift an impact gun and continue working. That is when I felt the extreme pain in my left arm and shoulder. I reported the injury to my boss and saw a doctor who diagnosed it as a shoulder sprain. Eight weeks later and two weeks in rehab the pain seems to be worse. The doctor now seems to think I have a torn rotator cuff and I am awaiting approval for MRI from workers compensation. Anti-inflammatory medications and pain pills are how I'm getting by for now. The good news is that they now have an electric device to move the carts with just a push of a button.

Comment from: john, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 19

I injured my left rotator cuff lifting a suitcase.

Comment from: BRSD, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

In my earlier years I worked as a grocery checker and I think that after 18 years of doing that, my left shoulder was weakened. In 2006 I had surgery for reflux and when I got home from the hospital I had intense pain in my left shoulder. I was told it was just gas bubbles from the surgery and would go away. It didn't. After an MRI they found a rotator cuff tear. I have to suppose it was caused when they were positioning me for the surgery. Cortisone helped for a while, but surgery became the only option. I am 5 months after surgery and 3 months of PT and still have pain, but I am much, much better and improving still.

Comment from: Capt Ed, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

I knocked my trailer off its block with my lawn mower while I was trimming. Not thinking, I tried to pick the hitch of the trailer up. It was 250 lbs. Real smart of my. I felt something pop in my shoulder. After a visit to the doctor, I went to physical therapy and it seemed to get better, but now the pain is bad again. I am totally fearing surgery if it can be avoided.

Comment from: notahypochondriac, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I didn't realize it at the time, because the sharp pain went away: I was forcing a fitted sheet onto the mattress while on top of the bed--my grip slipped, and the pain was immediate, but didn't last long. Now, weeks later the pain and muscle cramps when I use the arm (non-dominant, thankfully) constantly remind me that I need to do gentle exercises. Putting on my coat when already stiff from the cold is no fun. Thanks for the exercise suggestions--this is going to take time, I can tell. This website is very helpful since I have no insurance coverage right now.

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