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5 months after fall and still can't raise my arm

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  • Posted By: Carlene
  • February 23, 2007
  • 08:05 PM

I fell down a flight of stairs in early October. The x-ray showed a slight separation. The MRI showed a slight tear and a sublaxation of my bicep tendon. I have been seeing the PT since the beginning of November (after the bruising and swelling of my bicep area started to heal). My ortho doesn't seem to be moving very quickly. It took him months to order an MRI, and I am guessing that when I go to see him for what seems to have become my monthly visit, next Wednesday, I am guessing that he will finally suggest a cortisone shot. My PT has said, throughout, that she believes that I need surgery to fix the subluxed bicep tendon and the tear. I have since gotten (what the ortho says is) bursitis in my elbow (which I had never had an issue with before this shoulder injury). I have little to no strength in my shoulder and still can not lift my arm up, or out to the side, to where I should be able to. The pain has finally subsided, and is minimal, but I would LOVE to be able to sleep through the night, blow dry my hair or shave my underarm! Am I not being patient enough or should I be concerned about the time frame? I would be thankful for any advice!

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