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Shoulder Surgery Post-Op – Five Weeks In – Current Goal: The S&M Chair

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, March 21st, 2019
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I’m hurting in numerous ways right now.  First, spring has sprung here in northern Utah. The courses have just opened. I live on a course, and the parking lot has been packed, with the temps going from snow to the 50’s and 60’s. Second, ski season is still in full swing. The resorts in Utah have gotten hammered with a massive amount of snow, and I’m not skiing it. Third, I’m now exactly five weeks removed from my shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff, torn labrum, and torn bicep tendon.

I’m still in a sling. One more week to go.  That’s extremely irritating, especially since I have to sleep in it.  I’ve just barely started to be able to do some basic typing, but after a few minutes the bicep portion of the surgery really flares up and hurts like hell.  I had a bicep tenodesis, where they cut an inch or two of the bicep tendon off, and screw the end into the bone. Yeah. Fun.

I’m attending rehab (a.k.a physical therapy) several times per week and doing daily exercises to strengthen and loosen up the shoulder.  Earlier this week the therapist tried to introduce me to a new exercise, pulling my arm up with my other arm, via a pulley.  Total fail.

The setup photo above looks like some kind of rig for sexual deviants. I wish it was. It’s the pulley chair. Three days ago they put me in it and asked me to reach up and grab the handle.  I tried like hell, but couldn’t.  So they lifted my arm up for me, which was a new experience in pain.  I then tried to do the pulley action, using my left arm to lift my right arm up.  After about two incredibly painful reps where I moved it maybe a quarter of an inch, the therapist stopped me.  She said, “I can see your bicep twitching.” I wasn’t ready.

At today’s therapy session the therapist didn’t even bother with the S&M chair. That was a bit depressing, as I want to progress. But I know I can’t push it either.  No point in going through this hell again.

So the goal for now is simple. Get to where I can do some reps in the S&M chair. Baby steps.


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