I have a posterior tear in my right shoulder (right handed shooter). I tore it in college while pitching. Opted not to have the surgery as i was told that recovery would be 12 months until i could resume all normal activities. It still hurts from time to time, but i can still pull a bow no problems. How did you injure it, what type of tear is it, and have you shot a bow with the injury.
I injured it in 1980 trying to draw an elephant bow that was to heavy for me. I have had numerous cortisone shots over the years when it would get inflamed. I can shoot my bow but can't practice as much as I like. If shot more that 10 times a day I pay for it the next few days. I have put up with the pain and limited mobility since 1980. Can't sleep on my left side. I just want to be able to shoot 50-100 arrows a day. It's what I love to do and I feel like I'm not practicing enough to assure I hit where I aim. I'm not a bad shot, but not near as accurate as I used to be.
Tore mine similar to Kevin by throwing while playing softball. I went to the Dr and they sent my to physical therapy to strengthen some muscles you don't normally use around it. That ended up working for me without surgery. Still hurts a bit off and on. Mine had been torn a couple years or so before I went to the Dr. I'd baby it then would start to feel better and I'd retear it. I shoot traditional and compounds so I started back with a low poundage recurve, moved to my wife's low poundage compound and then back to my compound. Took 6-8 months for me.
I tore mine 2 years ago (45 y/o). Had surgery mid March. Be prepared for a very painful rehab but if you want a full recovery listen to your dr and rehab therapist and do want they say. No more/no less. There will be days it feels pretty good, don’t over do it. This recovery is a marathon not a sprint. By September my dr finally allowed me to try to draw my bow (60lb Elite). For weeks I could only draw the bow once a day and it hurt like hell! That fall I ended up hunting wit my daughters xbow. By the next spring I was back to shooting my bow pain free with 12+ arrows a day so a full year till I was back to what I was before the injury. You will get better just don’t rush it.
I assist on these surgeries regularly. Everybody's recovery time differs.
It's dependent on many factors, such as, your physical condition before surgery, age, weight, if you smoke, use alcohol excessively, diet, pain tolerance and the skill of your surgeon.
Sticking to the post operative plan is imperative. Listen to the surgeon and especially your Physical Therapist.
If you try to be a He- man before your fully recovered and pull 60# on your bow, your going to screw up that surgery and it's much harder to repair a second time. You only have so much tissue to work with.
Good luck to you! I hope you heal well.
I am a physical therapist and post surgical orthopedics is my speciality. With it being your bow arm that makes it a bit tougher. Where the tear is and how big makes a difference but I will start simulating drawing a bow with SOME labels repairs as early as 3-4 months and some are released to activity as tolerated by 6 months. Every dr is different, I have some drs that are ok with baseball/softball players starting a return to throwing program at 4 months. I expect my patients to have full passive and active range of motion by 4 months and able to perform light gym based strengthening. Send a pm if u have any specific questions
I had that surgery done on both shoulders. SLAP repair on right and left, 3 tears each side...The right one happened senior year in HS so I had no obligations and was able to go to physical therapy 4x a week. Feels good as new, it took about 8 months to feel like I had FULL strength back. Left shoulder I had done exactly 5 years apart from my right, wasnt able to do PT, and I was a jerk and went back to training jiu jitsu 4 weeks after surgery and tried to push it and tie my arm in my belt and train with one arm. Helped out my jiu jitsu a bunch, but totally screwed up my shoulder and it is no where near as good as my right surgery. So....if youre able to do the PT, I HIGHLY recommend it. And of course, follow your doctors post-op instructions and dont be a douche like me :cheers:
I know in baseball anything shoulder related and it's like the plague ! It appears baseball players need a year or more to come back from it. Not that youre a baseball player, but drawing a 60 pound bow does have some exertion. I'd say if it were me, to figure a year, year and a half.
Right now, I have something going on in my left shoulder. I do believe I hurt it SLEEPING ! Seriously. Because now I wake up in the middle of the night sleeping on my left shoulder and it feels like a war is going on in my left shoulder. I'm right handed. With me, I can draw my 70 pound bow no issue. However as I am holding it, the left shoulder gives out here and there so my pins keep moving all over making it real hard ! lol
I'm trying to handle it like I used to do with aerobic type weight movements to push blood in and thru the area hoping to clean it up. It's worked in the past for me in my right shoulder,but so far after 3 months, not much luck. To the Doctor next.
Took me close to a year, and there were times during the recovery that I questioned why I had the surgery because it seemed like it was more painful than before the surgery. Eventually it started feeling better and now it is as good as new.
I will also add that I had torn it several years before having the surgery hoping it would get better... it didn't, it got worse. My quality of life had deteriorated to the point that there were many activities that I could no longer enjoy. I am so glad I bit the bullet and had the surgery.
I had to shoot a crossbow for a season while it healed, but at least I could still hunt.
I was hit by a car and dragged down the street for over 150 feet while conducting a traffic stop. 2 scopes on the knee and a transplant as well as a torn rotator cuff repair.
Because of the major knee surgery the orthopedic decided to hold off on my shoulder until my knee healed so I had to wait for 18 months to have shoulder surgery.
I had a partial tear that was repaired. I had extensive physical therapy after the surgery, and I was bow hunting with a turned down bow in 10 weeks. My doctor wasn't too happy when I told him though.
I had numerous other knee problems, including two total knee replacements, but no additional problems with my shoulder.
BTW, it was my left shoulder(bow arm) also.
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