Doc said 6 months, physical therapist said 4 months? Any personal stories out there? Any specific exercises that helped you through it?
Howdy all - new to this group and interested in this thread. Perhaps the thread is too old to see any more activity.
I picked up golf 5 years ago (I'm 48 but still a good athlete), and spent the first 4 seasons hitting mostly off of range mats, and unfortunately, hitting it pretty fat.
I went at it like a maniac and ended up with tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and a type 2 SLAP tear of the left labrum.
I wanted to hear more about whether it was the LEFT shoulder (for right handed golfers) that some posters here injured.
It being my leading arm, I was just bashing away at it like an idiot, with a chicken wing of course - wish to god somebody had corrected me. There's no way to prove definitively that it was hitting balls that did it (I play basketball too) - but it seems likely.
I want to thank RandomRaiderTTU above for the comment about expecting setbacks, because that's my story right now. I am 7 weeks out and mobility is still very restricted. Surgeon called my injury "par for the course" (2 anchors, 4 sutures) and that I was a "great candidate" for the procedure to be very successful. PT guy is fantastic and very positive about my recovery, but I am struggling with the slow pace of progress. This week, the passive pendulum arm swings that were fine before now produce a significant click and almost impingement feeling, so I am just despondent. Am going to report this to my PT guy and just hope this is one of those hiccups.
Anyhow - thanks for the informative posts, and please, if you know anybody just picking up the game, tell them to TAKE IT EASY on the mats and to learn asap to get the bottom of the swing arc FORWARD and hit the damn ball FIRST. You might save them from destroying their arm the way I did.
Had the same repair done a long time ago, took me a year till it felt right again. I had problems with "frozen shoulder" after the surgery, it just felt tight all time. After you get it loosened up it will feel ok. Mine was a severe case as well, I had torn the tendon completely off the end of the shoulder blade from playing hockey at a fairly young age, and i didn't get it repaired until i was 30, the shoulder dislocations were getting so bad I would dislocate it in my sleep if I rolled over on it. the sooner you get it fixed the better I think
"shoulder subacromial decompression via arthroscopy"
This is what I was due to have done December just gone, but for several reasons (not in as much pain, wife being made redundant, parents away in OZ so no child care) I put it off for now.
Doc said though that it would be 6-8 weeks before I could play golf again.