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Post radiation rotator cuff tear

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Post radiation rotator cuff tear

by Dave320 on Sat Jun 29, 2019 07:40 PM

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It's been quite awhile since I've posted here. 

Finished treatment for left tonsil cancer in April, 2017. Typical tratment of 7 weeks chemo and radiation. Very thankful for no recurrence, but dealing with lots of side effects, as many of you are.

The lastest happened early this year. Left shoulder was very sore for awhile, so doc had me do an MRI. Left supraspinatus tendon 80% torn and infra spinatus partially torn. Saw a very well respected orthopedic surgeon in Minneapolis. He said the tear is from post radiation damage and therefore I am not a good candidate for surgery. I had done over a month of PT prior to seeing surgeon, with little help. He is setting me up with a different therapist in hopes of improving my shoulder.

Has anyone had a tear like this and if so, what did you do to help?  I also have other complications that influenced surgeons diagnosis, the main one being that I was diagnosed with lupus in January. My dad's family had a history of lupus and I'm sure that complicates things.

Thanks in advance for any info you may have.


RE: Post radiation rotator cuff tear

by mtkjohn1 on Fri Jul 19, 2019 02:25 PM

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Good luck Dave, I am 11 years out from treatment , and am having rotator cuff pain and problems as well. My surgeon has said similar things due to post radiation damage. Sorry but he does not think Anyone will go in there :-(

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