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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had a car accident last year when a single decker bus went into the back of my car. The pain in the shoulder was gradual and I managed to get physio treatment in May 2011. The physio advised me that I had whip lash and the rotator cuff and nerve endings had been damaged in the accident when I lurched forward and then back in my chair. I had 6weeks physio where I was able to raise my arm but still have problems bringing the arm back. I have been advised that this last 20% or so will take longer as the nerve endings were affected too. I can now go back to playing the sport I love (Netball) although I still have to be wary when taking the arm back too far or too quickly.

Comment from: borntodrive, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I am 64 years old and an over the road truck driver. I have always been healthy with no bones, muscle, ect. problems. I was unloading and it was a double lazy boy couch that was wedged in under the ceiling of the trailer. I had to stand on my tip toes with my arms fully extended and work the couch loose an inch at a time. I felt a sharp sting in my right shoulder and thought I had just pulled a muscle. Two months later the soreness was still there and raising my arms above my chest or out to my side or behind was painful. Went to the doctor and they took x rays and told me I had a torn rotator cuff. Went on predisone for 10 days and then started passive exercise. After 1 and 1/2 months it was still not improving so I got predisone for another 10 days. Then I went on naproxen. From injury till now was about 6 months. Told the dr. I was not improving and he referred me for an mri and a specialist. Complete rotator cup tear. Had surgery about three weeks ago and I am wearing a sling that holds the arm pretty secure. Pain was severe, especially at night. I go and see the dr. 5/13/11 for follow up and maybe therapy. Just tripped this morning and tried to catch myself and stretched my arm and felt something give.

Published: May 03

I take issue with the description of ultrasound to diagnose this problem. I have been a sonographer for fourteen years. Ultrasound IS NOT used to evaluate bone. Ultrasound CANNOT penetrate bone, so to say that the test is dependent on technologist ability is unfair to our profession!

Comment from: Eternal optimist, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I am an active 64-year-old. Some 11 years ago, had frozen shoulder from cutting a tall hedge. Took about 2 years to heal. Some 3 years ago, had difficulty moving my arm. I had lots of injections and acupuncture, over many months, and finally ultrasound and x-ray. No arthritis, but ultrasound showed a calcium spur that was grinding through rotator cuff - 2.5 cm 'partial' tear. Requested to see orthopedic specialist. Had operation to remove calcium, during op, surgeon discovered that the tear was a large, complete tear. Then had lots of physio. Shoulder did not progress as well as physio wanted. Sent back to specialist. Then sent for MRI scan, followed by further surgery to attempt to repair the tear. Tendon was frayed (from calcium spur) and muscle weak - from reduced use over long period of time because of shoulder pain. Repair held for just over 3 months, then had re-tear. Still having physio. Still have pain, disturbed sleep most nights, and limited range of movement - nothing above shoulder level. Now having physio and exercises to strengthen deltoid muscles - to take strain off rotator cuff. Swimming (breast stroke) is very helpful. Just starting to play golf again after 6 months off. Removal of calcium from shoulder has been successful, but rotator cuff repair has not. I was aware that the operation was a long shot. Surgeon has said that it would have had a better chance of success if he had seen me at the beginning - some 3 years ago. The message is, as with all things, to seek help earlier, rather than later. I find it is better to keep active and keep using the shoulder carefully and gently, otherwise it stiffens up, but I cannot, currently, carry out tasks that require strength or pressure. There is a slight improvement every day, so it is important to keep up with the daily exercises.

Comment from: Dr. Roger, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 24

Some two months after completing External Beam Radiation for Prostate Cancer, I woke one morning and could not move my left arm. A trip to my doctor and an X-Ray did not determine what the problem was. A follow-up appointment with my oncologist started with concern and then a recommendation for an MRI. The MRI indicated a Rotator Cuff. As I use the VA Medical Care System, I have a six month wait to see a Shoulder Clinic Specialist. If surgery is required, there is a one year waiting list.

Comment from: Norse, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 11

Had rotator cuff surgery twice. Pain still. Dr says that I don't have enough tissue to attach to bone. He says there are no replacement parts for this ligament or tissue. He say I am all done, just hurt. Must be something that can be done.

Comment from: patient, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I have a great massage machine that looks like an orbital sander and vibrates deep into the muscle. Using it straight away stopped my shoulder from going stiffer and took away what stiffness I had.

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