Sudden onset pain/loss ROM 6 months afer reverse shoulder replacement

Posted by dent4jc @dent4jc, Aug 10 10:33am

I had reverse shoulder replacement 6 months ago. My recovery was going great with minimal pain and improving range of motion (ROM). I could wash my hair and put dishes away and tuck in my shirt in the back. Then suddenly I could not hardly lift my arm and the pain was bad. I did not have any injury or trauma. I don't recall anything changing with my use of my right arm. Any ideas on what this could be? And should I just go back to ice and heat and start over in my rehab?

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Whenever there is an unexplained setback like this, my first call is to the surgeon, to be sure everything is as it should be. The second is to the physical therapist, to figure out how to get bakc on track.

Have you contacted either of them?
Sue

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@sueinmn

Whenever there is an unexplained setback like this, my first call is to the surgeon, to be sure everything is as it should be. The second is to the physical therapist, to figure out how to get bakc on track.

Have you contacted either of them?
Sue

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I will contact the Dr who took over my care today. I did not have a physical therapist and did rehab on my own. I am in a difficult financial position and out of work. It was a motorcycle accident where a lady crossed the centerline and hit me head on. Lucky to be alive. 23 broken bones, 3 weeks in the hospital, and 5 surgeries including the right shoulder and left arm and 5 vertebrae fused together. From my research it seems like a dislocation is what most likely happened. I'm back in a sling and keeping it completely immobile. I will not have the money to pay for the doctor visit for a couple of weeks anyway and hopefully it will move back into place. Has anybody in the forum experienced a situation similar?

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@dent4jc

I will contact the Dr who took over my care today. I did not have a physical therapist and did rehab on my own. I am in a difficult financial position and out of work. It was a motorcycle accident where a lady crossed the centerline and hit me head on. Lucky to be alive. 23 broken bones, 3 weeks in the hospital, and 5 surgeries including the right shoulder and left arm and 5 vertebrae fused together. From my research it seems like a dislocation is what most likely happened. I'm back in a sling and keeping it completely immobile. I will not have the money to pay for the doctor visit for a couple of weeks anyway and hopefully it will move back into place. Has anybody in the forum experienced a situation similar?

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Dear me. First of all get a lawyer!

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The surgeon who did the shoulder replacement should see you without charge.

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@ilovemary4749

Dear me. First of all get a lawyer!

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I have a lawyer and things are progressing.

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@rebeccamary

The surgeon who did the shoulder replacement should see you without charge.

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He might, but he is too far away ( they life flighted me to a level 1 trauma hospital) so a local surgeon is doing follow up care. I am waiting for a return call from him now.

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