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Hello everyone, new here and looking for knowledge. I've had a long history of shoulder problems, but kayaked for 5 years with no issues. Last year this changed when I had surgery on the right shoulder to repair my labrum and capsule. Couldn't kayak all year. Still can't. Still having pain and weakness and loss of range of motion. Driving me nuts that I can't kayak. Went to new doctors. One says there is still a labrum tear and he can repair it, but arthritis in the joint may limit me. The other doc says the arthritis is the real problem and wants to do a re-surfacing, placing a steel HemiCAP in to replace damaged cartilage.
Does anyone have any experience with a re-surfacing? Did it get you back in your boat? How was the recovery and are you limited at all now?
How about full shoulder replacements? Anyone? Can you kayak after that?
I know there have been discussions of shoulder arthritis before, but they looked a few years old. Wondering if people could talk about their experiences after having different procedures?
Thank you so much
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Posted by: FrankNC on Jan-16-13 6:23 PM (EST)
I don't have any medical advice to share, but could you use a single blade on one side and get a boat with a rudder?
Posted by: bartc on Jan-16-13 9:31 PM (EST)
I had a tear repaired along with rotator a few years ago. After PT it's pretty much working normally, though I do feel it sometimes.
Free Stylin Wife just had tear repair|
Posted by: ricknriver on Jan-17-13 9:34 AM (EST)
and spurs removed and docs say 4-6 mos before low angle easy paddling and maybe a year before arm above shoulder. Must also do PTherapy very religiously and by the book. Friend's paddlin' wife had same couple of yrs ago and PT'd by the book & pain, and no problems now. Wife will be using a little Hobie peddle yak w/rudder for March FL trip to get on the water. Would do it strictly by the docs and physical therapists. R
Posted by: tsf106 on Jan-18-13 6:23 PM (EST)
This will be my 3rd shoulder surgery (one capsule, one capsule & labrum), so if I do the tear repair, I know what I'm in for. I actually picked up paddling six years after the capsule repair, never had any problems and I use a regular paddle.
Good luck whichever way you go |
Posted by: rpg51 on Jan-20-13 5:42 AM (EST)
but I second the recommendation re Greenland or other skinny stick. Also, I find that careful attention to good paddling technique, elbows in and good body rotation etc., help tremendously. Stick to the PT plan. I've had two procedures on my right side and I have moderate pain on left from impingement syndrome but I am still able to paddle and enjoy it a great deal. Even long trips.
Her little H mirage sport 9'9" only |
Posted by: ricknriver on Jan-22-13 12:18 PM (EST)
weighs about 53# and has a nice left hand rudder dial. Her surgery was on the right. The wheel set that goes in the scuppers makes it easy to roll the boat around. She also uses (even before the surgery) a GP in her little Blackhawk for touring with yak friends and will again when docs ok it. R
Posted by: Waterbird on Jan-27-13 1:01 AM (EST)
I had severe shoulder pain for several years. X-rays showed I needed replacement due to osteoarthritis. The stage was described as severe. I didn't get the surgery done because I couldn't afford it.
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Posted by: rpg51 on Jan-27-13 8:46 AM (EST)