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    I am 17 years old and on September, 15 2006, I injured my shoulder playing football(american). I made a tackle on kick-off, and instantly the right side of my body went completely numb. The doctor told me that I had a medium to severe brachial-plexus injury, or a "stinger". He told me that this would go away within 3 to 4 days. Well, the numbness went away and I was left with a constant nagging pain. The nagging pain continued to get worse until finally my doctor sent me to have an arthrogram. When the results of this came back, he said that there was a tear in my Superior Labrum. Also there appears to be a significant tear in the bicep muscle. He ordered that I immediately have surgery so here I am 11 days before surgery (January 19, 2006), and I am wondering if anyone has experienced anything similar, and how the pain is after surgery. Is it comparable to the pre-op pain, or is it significantly worse or less. Currently, I am taking 2 Oxycodone 7.5/325 per day, and I am still experiancing a great deal of pain Also, what is the deal with recovery and did you have to use the constant movement thingy. What was the recovery time, because I am planning to finish highschool in Germany, and will be leaving in August. If not fully recovered, there will be no way for me to go. I just need to know that other people healed in that amount of time. Hopefully someone will be able to help clear these things up.
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    Last edited by laughmaned; 09-01-2007, 05:58 AM.

  • #2
    I recently have been going through a similar thing in trying to investigate if I had a SLAP lesion or not. The Sports Physician told me that it really depends on the type of SLAP lesion in order to get surgery. Type 1 requires just some tidying up of the torn cartillage but Type 2 and 3 are more severe. She told me that for type 1 SLAP lesions it can take between 4-6 and for types 2 and 3 it can take up to 3 months.

    There is some good literature around which I have tracked down if you want to read more on how long it will take for SLAP lesions to heal. From my understanding of it all, most physicians take a conservative approach and start off with physio first to try to stregthen the muscles and then surgery is normally a last resort. I guess you have to also take it with a grain of salt with the advice doctors can give you. Your body will know how it is feeling so I would go with that. I'd say that it may be worthwhile finding out how long it will be before you should consider starting up with the physio too and maybe do some reading up on it in the mean time.

    As for pain wise, I guess if you think about it, even if they do an arthroscopy to repair the cartillage you have to think about all the muslces that interconnect in your shoulder. I guess that could be also part of why you are feeling more pain too.

    August is also a long time away so you never know what can happen in that time. Hope your shoulder starts to feel better soon.


    • #3
      Thanks for the advice, you have been really helpful. I guess it seems that January 19 is coming around quicker than I thought it would. Another thing, did your shoulder sink down, like in my picture.


      • #4
        My shoulder didn't sink down like yours because it was not a SLAP lesion. My clavicle on my right shoulder was higher than my left when I did the partial dislocation though and the chiro has to push it back into place.

        See how it all goes. With a good physio rehab program things should get better. It's only January and you're not leaving till August.


        • #5
          hi angieliu,

          if your clavicle was riding higher than it normally is, wouldnt that be a separated shoulder??? how the hell did the chiropracter push it back in place??


          • #6
            Hi ellen,

            Only just read what I wrote a couple of days ago. When I did the partial dislocation my right clavicle was lower than my left one. Unsure how he managed to pop it back in but he did.


            • #7

              you really need to pass on the details of that chiro. i had a chiro try pop mine in back to the same spot but failed. it caused alot more pain and it never budged at all.


              • #8
                Hi hopeful,

                The chiro I went to see was whilst I was travelling in the United States in Atlanta. To be honest I haven't found a decent chiro here in Australia since then. Osteo's can also help with readjustments too.

                JB do you know of any good chiro's in Sydney??


                • #9

                  Update: I had the SLAP repair on Febuary 2nd, and everything is healing up nicely NOW. In the beginning, there was a ton of pain, the nerve block that was supposed to kill all of the pain for the first 24 hours did not work. So I really didn't have any pain relief directly after the surgery, and it took them forever to finally get some morphine. After that, it was really painful for the first 3 weeks or so. Now I only have the occasional sharp pain when I reach for something too fast up high. Also my shoulder is raised up to normal position again.


                  • #10
                    Hey there,

                    Glad to hear things are going well. I actually saw a specialist about my shoulder and now reading back and it's interesting to see that they said that you should have surgery straight away.I guess because you tore the bicep tendon that they needed to reattach it. Supposedly and I find this very interesting, diagnosing SLAP lesions these days are very in and that most of them do not require surgical intervention and that rehab is recommended. I can now see why, surgery for a SLAP lesion sounds painful.