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Kurt Holm
02-02-2010, 12:38 PM
I was benching last week and felt a tearing in my left shoulder. Finally got the MRI results and I have "a complete tear of the supraspinatus tendon with 3 centimeters of retraction. There is a complete tear of the infraspinatus tendon with 3 centimeters of retraction." MD says surgery only real option available with that amount of retraction. Also says I'll be in a sling for 6 weeks and that I may not have all my strength and mobility back for a year!

Any thoughts on what I can/should do once the stitches come out? Thanks.

Garrett Smith
02-02-2010, 01:19 PM
Don't bench. Follow what the doc says. Try to find a progressive-minded PT. Get the surgery ASAP. Avoid nightshades, they will delay healing, and delayed healing means poor healing (see my PMenu article on nightshades and nicotine for the references).

Steven Low
02-02-2010, 07:06 PM
That sucks dude.

You should DEFINITELY get it repaired if you have any sort of athletic or weightlifting endeavors in the future.

Basically what Garrett said though... find a sports PT preferably. Dose up on the fish oil, cut nightshades. Get diet in tip top order.

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Pre surgery -

strengthen as much as possible. All of the muscles in the arm -- grip/forearms, biceps/triceps, all the muscles around the shoulders.


Post surgery --

Keep strength up in the other arm + squeeze stuff with your injured arm.

Lower body exercise as well.

Basically, good nutrition + stay active + strength work will help decrease any atrophy + with injured arm keeping up the muscle activation to it is important.


Get back to PT ASAP.

Kurt Holm
02-06-2010, 09:22 AM
Thanks guys. I am scheduled for surgery on 2/24. Until then I will work to keep the shoulder loose and the arm strong. My doctor did advise that I stop the fish oil at least a week prior to surgery but I will definitely keep my diet clean through recovery.