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    Shoulder Injury: Bone Spur

    I have been suffering from some pain in my shoulder for the past year now. I just came back from a shoulder specialist and he said I have a bone spur in on my clavical (shoulder). The only way to treat it is with surgery. Has anyone on this board have shoulder surgery, specifically for a bone spur? What is the recovery time? Will I ever be back at 100%?

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    Originally Posted by Jrbsn159 View Post
    I have been suffering from some pain in my shoulder for the past year now. I just came back from a shoulder specialist and he said I have a bone spur in on my clavical (shoulder). The only way to treat it is with surgery. Has anyone on this board have shoulder surgery, specifically for a bone spur? What is the recovery time? Will I ever be back at 100%?

    Thank you in advance for your feedback and comments!!!
    I had some minor bone spurs which the surgeon removed when he went into my shoulder area to repair a torn labrium. Because my delt muscles had grown so much they started to rub up against the spur more so he took them out while he was in there. It was outpatient surgery and I was back into the gym within 3 months and competed the following year (1998).

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    I recently had surgery to remove a large bone spur in my elbow. The surgery went well and has increased my mobility and strength. I would imagine if your spur is anything like mine was that doing basic movements have become difficult. That spur probably needs to be removed. Good Luck.
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    I had a bone spur taken out in Nov. Over time it had stretched out the muscles in the shoulder and there was practically no stability whatsoever. It was about 6 weeks in a sling, and then rehab. I'm a baseball player so you're rehab schedule could be different than mine. I started it in late Dec/early Jan and am still doing it. I don't know how long I am supposed to keep going, but I am more than likely redshirting this year, so we decided to take our sweet time, do the rehab slow, and get back to 100%.

    You should be able to get back to 100% some day. That is of course, if you rehab right and be try not to do too much too soon.
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    go get it done and over with...

    it might worsen when u dont act on it soon...

    my boss had surgery on his left shoulder.. it only took about an hour for the procedure and it took him close to 12 weeks rehab and medication to get at least 80% ROM and its still improving till now...

    Peace!
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    Thank you again for your feedback. My are constantly feels like i slept on it all night. I really hope I can be back to 100%
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    I had surgery like this on my left shoulder about 7 years ago. Basically, my ligament was rubbing against the bone in my shoulder and they had to widen up the opening for it. Before the surgery, I couldn't lift 20 lbs. without pain. Today, my left shoulder is stronger than my right one, and I'm right handed.

    The recovery varies a lot. My rehab only took 4 weeks to get to 70% and 8 weeks to get to 100%, but the docs said that was unusual.

    It's worth getting it done -- without it, things will continue to get worse.
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    Chaco, sounds like I had the same thing done. I had separated my right shoulder several times in hockey over the years. Apparently, the last time my AC joint healed with some extra bone in it. Not quite a bone spur. I think the biceps and pec tendons converge in there. Anyway the tendons were impinged by the bone. I couldn't bench or do other presses and I couldn't sleep on that side (I could still play hockey...LOL). It was like this for over a year with me being sent to PT etc. I finally went in for arthroscopic surgery. They ground 10 mm off my clavicle with a Dremel type rotary tool and opened up the AC joint. And debrided my rotator cuff while they were in there. I was cleared for contact sports in 6 weeks. It's like new, no pain, full ROM and no restrictions on what I can do. I wish I hadn't waited so long. Post surgery pain wasn't bad enough for me to take the meds they gave me. The nerve block they gave me before the surgery was weird. It shut off all nerve sensation to that side.

    My doc said it is also a common procedure for weightlifters to get. I assume he meant BB'ers. Apparently with all the training the tendons eventually get bigger and get impinged in the AC joint.

    I think this type of surgery is pretty straighforward and good results the norm. Done arthroscopically, its non intrusive. My understanding is that rotator cuff surgery is much more difficult and problematic.
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    wild1poet2 - yeah, that's it. I forgot all the names for it, but your post brought them back to me. Except for a repair of a herniated disc in my neck, this was the most satisfying surgery I ever had.
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