Back in July I injured my shoulder at work. It took Workers Comp. 5 weeks get their act together and approve an MRI, but I finally got that done and received the results yesterday and discussed it with the Orthopedic Specialist.
Here's the description of the injury as per Touch Stone Imaging
MRI findings: Magnetic resonance imaging of the left shoulder shows mild acromioclavicular joint hypertrophic changes.There is a small 6-mm subarticular cyst within the lateral aspect of the humeral epiphysis.
The muscles of the rotator cuff are without atrophy. There is a full-thickness tear of the distal Supraspinatus tendon toward it's insertion.
Remaining tendons are within it's normal limits. There is scattered fluid within the subacromial and subdeltoid bursae.
The long head of the biceps is normally positioned. Labrum is without paralabral cyst.
The first item in the description, the 6-mm cyst, the Orthopedic specialist said was congenital and was not significant and nothing to worry about. The tendon tear, the specialist explained, had completely been torn off the bone.
He described the severity of torn tendons like this;
- Mild: torn but still attached to the bone but not necessarily needing surgery
- Medium: torn and partly or completely detached from the bone and needs surgery but not urgent.
- High: serious and needing immediate surgery
The Specialist told me that my tendon was medium but borderline with high and not going to call for immediate surgery but recommended that I have surgery soon.
I wanted to get some feedback from those of you who have had this type of injury and your experience with the surgery. What kinds of things can I expect with the surgery and the recovery and rehab phase? In hind sight, is there anything you would have done differently to improve the outcome of the whole process?
Thank in advance for the feedback.