Shoulder surgery and bows

Discussion in 'Bowhunting Talk' started by indynotch50, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. rick-florida

    rick-florida Weekend Warrior

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    good way to approach it
     
  2. DickensCPA

    DickensCPA Weekend Warrior

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    I played baseball from 4 yrs old to a scholarship in college. Had a cannon of a right arm 3rd base. Played football just thru high school as QB and could throw from end of the field to the other, but left handed.

    At 32 yrs old (44 now) I got to the point I couldn't pull a chair out from under the table to sit. I had a SLAP tear in both shoulders but also a bone abnormality. My collar bone on both sides 90'd down into my labrum, ruining my labrum and rotator cuff.

    They repaired the left shoulder's labrum and rotator cuff and shaved 3/4" of bone in Feb '04. All the same to the right in Nov '04.

    I loved golf and was offered a scholarship in that as well, but I was so afraid I would ruin the work done I didn't swing a club until 2013. Used a x bow until 2014. I don't think I had to wait any where near that long to do either after surgery, but I gave in to fear. The surgery and the rehab was kinda bad and I did NOT want to mess up anything and go thru it again.

    My son made the traveling high school golf team as a 6th grader and ranked 7th in the state for archery. With him being so involved I HAVE to do it with my baby boy and I've had no trouble at all. Wish I would have went back to normal sooner. We shoot a LOT and no trouble.

    I shoot a 60-70 HTR @ 28" DL and 65#. I was shooting a Diamond at 68# for the previous year.
     
  3. indynotch50

    indynotch50 Grizzled Veteran

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    Well no offense guys but i'm still hoping i'm not going to be part of the shoulder club but it's good to know I'll be in good company when if I do.

    I got the MRI done and there were a few things found but I meet with the ortho specialist (orthoindy) next week.

    I'm going to hold off on any shooting or bow changes until I can get this all figured out.
     
  4. elkguide

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    Good luck. Life sure can be hard and throw you a few curve balls occasionally.
     
  5. Pichy

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    Sorry to hear about your injury. I feel your pain. I injured my shoulder while shooting at a buck several years ago. I had to squat low while twisting backward to snake the arrow through a gap. Killed the buck, but felt an incredible burn in the right shoulder. Nursed it for a long time, but wasn't healing at all. Went to physical therapy, and diligently worked out to the point where I could comfortably shoot 70# again. However, over the next year, the pain slowly crept back. Should have gone to a doctor in the first place, because no amount of physical therapy could repair the damage, and it really could only get worse. Building up the muscles helped, but not like I needed it to be. So I had it scanned and looked at again. They said I had a torn labrum and rotator cuff, torn tendon, bone spurs and impingement (thickened bones in the joint). I scheduled the surgery for February, knowing it is a long heal. To be honest, it was a very slow, painful recovery. Not much blood flows through the shoulder, so healing takes time. I bought a new HeliM with 65# limbs, and worked up to it. I went to physical therapy a lot (definitely don't skip that), and was able to shoot 50# by summer. I worked up to 65# and am content at that weight. I still get pass throughs on deer, and probably would at 50#. I have to say, I would not hesitate for a second if it happened to my other shoulder. Getting the surgery has had a fantastic outcome for me. My shoulder is stronger than it ever was. I have had shoulder pops and creaks my entire life, but now, everything is smooth and quiet with no pain at all. I will do shoulder exercises before getting heavily into shooting this year, just to be prudent. Can't emphasize enough to do the physical therapy religiously after surgery. Don't skimp. It's the key to a quicker recovery. Best of luck fixing it, whatever course you take.
     
  6. grommel

    grommel Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Left shoulder 6 years ago, remove 7 bone spurrs digging into my rotator, removed bones in shoulder loaded with arthritis, and removed my AC joint. Right shoulder, one year ago, removed 9 bone spurrs tearing into rotator cuff, removed AC joint, re atached my bicep tendon to a new part of bone, removed arthritic bones. My shoulders are both shot!! Also, 2011, tor my bicep tendon off my forearm bone on right arm. I still shoot my bow, lowered to 60lbs, still love it, granted I cannot target shoot as long as I used too before all the nonsense, but for me to stop shooting my bow, the Lord Above will have to take my last breath from me!! Same as alot of you guys and gals i`m sure!! Just be careful out there folks with shoulders, trust me, not fun to go through!! God Bless, be safe!!
     
  7. indynotch50

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    Welp, after an MRI, a few X-rays, seeing some specialists... I'm happy to report no surgery will be needed (at this time).
    I got a nice needle stuck in my arm and have to do some physical therapy (thankfully I can do that here at work).

    I dropped my bow off at the shop. He's going to sell it off and we'll put that money on a new one.

    Thanks for all the help guys.
     
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    Good to hear! I've been afraid of going to get my shoulders looked at. I have had pain in both of them for some time. I really don't want to spoil my elk hunt plans.


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  9. pastorjim08

    pastorjim08 Legendary Woodsman

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    Glad to hear the good news, that's a long recovery. I'd still take it easy for a while with the shooting.

    Blessings..........Pastorjim
     
  10. indynotch50

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    This is what's going to be so hard. We finally got a new 3D course semi-locally and I'm going to get a new bow to lower the weight a good bit.

    Again, thanks guys for all the support, and good luck to everyone going through the same.
     

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