We interrupt this blog for a brief note today to update anybody who might be interested (that’s you, mom!) about the progress of my recovery from rotator cuff surgery.
Friday I met with my surgeon for the “six weeks after surgery” exam. The good news is that I finally got to ditch the sling my left arm has been languishing in for the last month and a half. The bad news is that my left arm no longer resembles the one in the above sketch, but looks more like the arm of a 12 year old girl. It’s amazing how fast 7 years of intense bodybuilding can disappear in a mere 6 weeks of total inactivity. My doctor was very happy with how well my arm was moving, and cleared me to lose the sling and to move ahead. I was told that six weeks is a sort of magical amount of time with respect to the body healing, especially for reattaching tendons. Barring any accidental reinjury of the repaired area during that period of recovery, the tendon is fully reattached to the bone after that amount of time.
The next phase, also six weeks, involves continued work on recovering range of motion and flexibility, and gradually moving on to active therapy where I start to use the rotator cuff muscles using only the weight of my arm to build up strength If all goes well, around the middle of June I will be cleared to start light weight training with the rotator cuff.
Maybe the worse part is that my shoulder turns 43 years old today… along with the rest of me, come to think of it. Getting rid of that sling was a nice birthday present… I was getting very tired of it.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming…
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