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​Follow-up with the Surgeon or Aches and Pains (Part II)

After getting an MRI performed on my shoulder last week, today was the day to meet with my Orthopedic Surgeon to discuss the results. After doing my internet research on how to read a shoulder MRI and pouring over the MRI images for a couple of days, I came to the definitive conclusion that yes, the images were of a shoulder. But, I couldn’t figure out anything beyond that. However, I do have to admit modern imaging technology is amazing.

The inside of my shoulder

After waiting for a couple of moments, the Dr. walks into the room and gives me the normal greeting,  “How are you?”

To which I reply, “I don’t know. I will let you know in a couple of minutes.”

He starts by telling me:

“Your shoulder looks pretty good, there is nothing that is ruptured or torn. But, you do have some tendinosis and fraying of your infraspinatus tendon near its insertion on the humerus. You also have some excess fluid up around your AC joint, but if that isn’t causing pain, we won’t worry about it. So it appears the adhesive capsulitis diagnosis was correct. And you have only a moderate case which should respond relatively quickly with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication, ”

All of that was good to hear, I truly believed that I had something that was torn causing my pain.

Then he followed up with, “When, I first looked at the MRI and read the report, I thought you had a partial tear of your labrum right here and he showed me one of the images. But when I looked at it closer and from the other views, I saw that it is just a prominent glenohumeral ligament and nothing to be concerned about. It was nice to know his first thoughts turned out to be incorrect.


Then he broke out big needle and fired a cortisone injection into my shoulder. The cortisone was mixed with a local anesthetic (one of those …ocaines) so for the first time in as long as I can remember, my shoulder was pain free.  It was a very nice feeling.  Too bad it wouldn’t last for more than a couple of hours.

Now it will be time to set up my PT to loosen up the shoulder capsule, get rid of my pain and restore my range of motion to normal. The “estimate” for this is somewhere in the 6-8 week range. Let’s see how it progresses. I guess if I could wait 9 months to get it diagnosed, I can wait a couple of months to get it healed.

On the positive side, it will give me some extra time to install some new work out equipment in my garage.

Stay tuned for reports on my progress.

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