Hey there, Reverse TSR friends!
Just thought I’d check in at approximately 10 weeks postop.
I am officially beginning strengthening exercises in PT twice a week. Frankly, I was beginning to feel like PT was starting to feel like a waste until we started working on strengthening muscles that had been guarding and wasting for the past 2 years. It was quite an eye-opener for me to discover these areas were so stiff and weak. I have been compensating by overusing trapezius and other muscles which made up for the full correct body use I need to re-develop.
When I asked about the chronic ongoing ache, especially in the biceps/pectoral connection site, I was informed that while the my daily activities fall within the suggested ROM and weight-bearing range, it has simply been too much too often without enough rest time to heal in between activities. This came as a bit of a shock as my surgeon told me I was now “self limiting“ which I took to mean, if it hurts don’t do it. Though it hasn’t hurt at the time, apparently it all adds up at the end of the day. I hate to start being less active, as I have truly been conscientious about weight and ROM.
This discussion came about when I was dismayed at what a giant step PT seems to have taken. I already had ongoing ache and then this extra strengthening exercise seems like overkill but I was told to rest it in between sessions rather than every day usage.
Let this be a reminder/lesson to all of you. Rest in between working your new shoulder more than you think might be necessary!