Hello, I have never posted on a site like this before, but I am getting very frustrated and am looking for any help I can get. 4 years ago I hurt my shoulder lifting weights. I did it either benching or dipping. At that time I could bench 315 about 8 times. I trained my back just as much as my front, but probably not as much as I should have, especially when I was younger. I couldn't lift my arm to the front without terrible pain, and I also couldn't lift it without having to shrug to compensate.
It never got any better over the next 3 months or so. I tried to push through it at first like an idiot. I got diagnosed by an OS with a torn labrum. I was in college at the time and coulnd't afford to miss work bartending for 6months so I decided to put off surgery. It got a little better over the next 3 years and I got pretty strong again, but I still was week and had pain lifting to the front and overhead and still had to shrug to lioft my right arm. About a year and a half ago it started bothering me again pretty bad. Now I have a desk job and good insurancwe so I decided to have surgery. Before getting surgey, though, I wanted a second opinion. I went to an OS with a great reputation who had helped two of my former teamates with shoulder problems.
He diagnosed me with impingement, a partially torn RC, and an inflamed, if not torn bicep tendon. He gave me a cortizone shot and recommended trying to rehab for 3-6 months to see if it would get better without surgery.
I always thought I knew a lot about bodybuilding and did the right things but after my diagnosis i looked online for hours upon hours about impingement treatment. I really started to focus on my external rotators, scapula, mid and lower traps, and rear delts. I am pretty confident I got the right diagnosis. Anyway, I didn't get better and elected to have surgery. I got a subacromial decompression and bicep tenodesis. My rotator cuff was 40% torn and I had mild arthritis and mild waer on the labrum which was cleaned up. I was told he did the tenodesis because it was so inflamed it was bein pinched by the bicipital groove. I was also told the rotator cuff was torn enough that it would heal on its own because of the decompression. I began PT and continued to focus on strengthening my back and external rotators and scapula. i went back for my follow up appts and was told I was progressing fine.
I am now 9 months post op. I still have pain mainly in the front of my shoulder and still have to shrug to lift my shoulder. I never had pain at night or lifting to the sdie, and now I do. It almost feels like my bicep tendinitis is worse that ever, except I don't have the tendon anymore. I feel like getting this surgery was the worst mistake I have ever made. I know I will never get back to where i was, but the reason I elected to have surgery was to get back to 90%. I'm only 31 years old and wouyld hate to have a bum shoulder for the rest of my life. Sports and lifting have always been a huge part of my life, and I am really depressed that i can't really do anything right now.
I went back to the surgeon last week and met with his nurse practicioner. She gave me a cortizone shot and I have a follow up with the surgeon in 6 weeks. I was told to not do anything upper body related and maybe the pain will go away.
Sorry for the long winded post. Any ideas. Active Release? Chiro? More surgery? i also feel like my PT was good and knew what they were doing, but were not necessarily used to helping athletes. I mean I was doing scapula rows with the pink band for like a month. I would love to find a PT that actually works with elite athletes (not that I am elite, but it couldn't hurt)
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.