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Dec. 30, 2018
20 posts
Shoulder surgery
Had shoulder surgery in December. Reattached bicep tendon to humerus and cleaned up shoulder with bone spurs present. How long before I can throw a softball again. Tournament in October in myrtle beach could not even throw ball to 1 st base from playing third. Any advice would be great.
Dec. 30, 2018
Men's 55
78 posts
It would be some months before you can throw the ball...
Dec. 30, 2018
301 posts
Had similar surgery.
Had the surgery in September, didn't start throwing until late April.
The key is physical therapy pick a good one and then follow throw with what he says.
Good Luck
Happy 2019
Dec. 30, 2018
5 posts
I had full shoulder replacement on my non throwing arm and was out 5 mos and ended up playing again. Now having throwing shoulder replaced Any experience with how long before throwing again?
Dec. 31, 2018
Men's 55
286 posts
I had major Shoulder surgery in Oct.2017 reattached Bicep, repaired labram, repaired Rotator, cleaned out bone spurs. Did PT until April of 2018 before I started throwing and it was very painful, did a lot of swimming for PT that helped a lot. Fast forward 15 months later and while I have no pain and can hit the cutoff man, my days of throwing guys out going from 1st to 3rd from right field, are long gone... LOL Good luck!
Dec. 31, 2018
7 posts
I have had the surgery twice. First one was in 1995, tore the labrum off the bone. Awful surgery and rehab. 6 months in a sling. I was young and dumb (20's) and did not take rehab serious enough. Arm was never the same. Fast forward to 2016, I had a labrum tear repaired and cleaned out the shoulder from spurs and scar tissue. This time I was very serious about my rehab. 6 months after the surgery I started to learn how to throw again. I had to learn because,for years I compensated for the pain, which lead to poor mechanics. My arm is better than it has been in a long time (I still don't have the distance that I had in my youth But who does). Things that I learned.
1) Interview you PT tech. Use one that utilizes a throwing program.
2) Take PT seriously and do not rush the process. You will pay for it by set backs.
3) Ice and stretching are your friend.I purchased an ice therapy pump off ebay which turned out to be the best investment made.
4) Range of motion comes before strength
5) Be patient and listen to the PT tech.
6) The shoulder is the worst joint in your body. It moves in every direction with little support from any other structure.
7) Once you are cleared to start throwing, do not stop working out with your shoulder. Low weights. Remember Range of motion.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any question.

Good Luck.
Dec. 31, 2018
20 posts
Definite thanks for the insight gentlemen, looks like I'll be on the bench this year
Jan. 2, 2019
42 posts
Mulldog- I can tell you have "been there" and have good insight. Please advise me on my situation. MRI revealed a 7mm tear in my supraspinatus last year. I went to therapy and got arm back and in good shape by spring. I play 3rd and SS, so I am throwing 120-130 feet. So I have had 6-weeks of therapy and 3 shots in my shoulder throughout 2018. And although I played thru the season and made throws OK, the pain was still there and is still there today. I worry that the tear is worse now, but cannot say with certainty. The shots do not seem to help me much. I can, however, put lotion on it and take 800mg of Ibuprofen before a game and I can control the pain enough to play. I DO NOT want the surgery at age 75. Every season and every game is important at this late stage of my softball days. So I am doing my own therapy at home with what I learned at my 2018 therapy, as well as Internet therapy ideas. Can I reasonably expect such a tear to heal on its own with therapy? I have heard yes and no on this topic. Any feedback will be appreciated.
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