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Muscle Tears and Time Off

     Stephanie, the amount of time it will take for you to heal depends on 
     three things: the skill of your therapist, the extent of the damage, 
     and how well you follow self-care instructions.  I know people that 
     had surgery to reattach the tendons and they're back riding within six 
     months, carefully. If you can ride one handed, a lot sooner. ;) Which 
     three of the four rotator cuff muscles did you tear, and which tendon 
     tore, how long ago was it, and how much function and pain do you have 
     right now. I can't give you perfect answers, but I might be able to 
     give you an idea. The one piece of advice I can give you is do not 
     push the healing process. Let it heal up right the first time, and 
     you'll enjoy a stronger shoulder with less future pain and a reduced 
     chance of re-injury.
     Linda-Cathrine, LMT
     Specializing in Endurance Riders and their horses
     Western Washington
     Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 12:15:49 -0700
     From: Visions of the Wind <>
     Subject: muscle tears and time off from riding
     Would anyone else have any experience with this sort of thing? I tore
     the three muscles and the one tendon in my rotator cuff (in a car
     accident). I've not been able to ride for 2 weeks, and the therapist
     said that it would be a while... My questions is - how long? Will this
     be a problem later?
     Stephanie McCray
     Golden CO

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