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I was diagnosed with a non-retracted full-thickness supraspinatas tear  and a non-displaced fracture of my greater tuberosity after falling on outstretched arms.  My orthopedic surgeon doesn't think I need surgery because the tear is small and the fracture is a micro fracture,  but the fall was two months ago and I still have quite a bit of pain.  I started physical therapy two weeks ago.  My question is, how long should I expect to be in pain and when can I resume lifting weights, yoga, etc.?

A full thickness tear of the supraspinatus but no surgery?  Interesting.  It's a pretty important muscle/tendon.  The pain will last quite a while.  Just make sure you are making gains in therapy.  If not, you either need to switch therapists or get another opinion from someone other than your MD...but make sure you're doing what your PT tells you to do at home.

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Brian Neville, OTR/L, CWCE


I can answer questions about both conservative and post-operative rehabilitation for UPPER extremity injuries. These include but are not limited to: fractures, tendon repairs, tendon transfers, nerve repairs, lacerations, tenolysis procedures, TFCC injuries, repetitive motion disorders, reconstructive procedures. I have an advanced knowledge of UPPER extremity anatomy and industrial rehabilitation. I have extensive splinting skills for injuries to the upper extremity. Although not a physician or a surgeon I have worked closely with world renowned upper extremity specialists for over 10 years. I can give general information on what some of the most common upper extremity surgeries involve. I can reference those procedures as well. PLEASE DON'T ASK ME QUESTIONS ABOUT ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE NECK, SHOULDER, ARM/HAND. I'M NOT QUALIFIED AND KNOW ABSOLUTELY ZERO ABOUT BACKS/HIPS/KNEES/ANKLES/ETC. THANK YOU!!!


10+ years working closely with orthopedic and hand surgeons and their patients. I have treated patients with small lacerations to major reconstructive procedures. My knowledge base includes both conservative and post-operative rehab protocols and care for upper extremity injuries. I have treated patients all the way from day 1 post-op to return-to-work status.

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