Main Motorcycle: 2009 Daytona 675
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Riverside, California
Other Motorcycle: 2008 America
I tore my left shoulder rotator cuff about 10 years ago. The doctor told me it was arthritis and gave me arthritis medication, which didn't help at all. I kept going back to him, and he kept giving me stronger medication, which didn't help the shoulder pain. Meanwhile I developed frozen shoulder and could hardly move my left arm.
I finally called the insurance company and insisted I be allowed to see an orthopedist. He did an MRI and discovered the torn rotator cuff. He gave me some exercises to do at home to get the shoulder moving and put off surgery until I tried that for a few weeks. I was able to get back to full range of motion without surgery, and consider myself very lucky.
I never did figure out what I did that caused the rotator cuff to tear. The only after-effect of the torn rotator cuff I have experienced is that I don't feel comfortable hitting a golf ball hard. It actually improved my golf game because even though I don't hit the ball as far as before, I don't slice it off into the rough every time I take a shot.
Hope everything goes well with your operation. With time you won't even remember the problems you had!