Today was my last visit with Dr. White because…my shoulder fracture is healed and mobility is nearing 100%!

Dr. White did have some words of advice as he sent me on my way.  Continued stretching, he said, is essential over the next year.  He suggested finding a door in my house that is strongly hinged and stable, moving a step stool up to the door, and then grabbing the top of the door with  my left hand and hanging down from it, using the step stool for leverage.  If I pick a doorway that I walk through several times a day, I should spend 30 seconds hanging on it every time I walk through.  Dr. White said that this stretching exercise will help me recover the last few degrees of mobility in shoulder that so far have eluded me.

With those words, he set me free!  The rest of my treatment program is up to me.

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15 Comments on Progress Report – Final Visit with Dr. White 10/2/08

  1. Sylvia says:

    I fractured my humerus neck 3.5 weeks ago when I went bk for X-rays after 3 weeks the crack had spread to more then double the original size it’s 4.8 mm. I’m very worried it may not fuse. I’m thinking the fracture is worse because the sports med dr had me start physical therapy a week after fracture and by 2nd week they were havering me move my arm and lift weights if course they arnt taking blame for it. Has anyone had this happen where the fractute spread and at 3 weeks it’s not showing fusing. My shoulder blade area hurts bad and bicep hurts bad also. Did anyone have permanent rotator cuff prob. Thanks so much for any info

  2. julie says:

    hi I frctured my shoulder ten weeks ago now, in too much pain for physio, now turned into frozen shoulder, I went back to work after 1 week off, light duties, till rather than delivery lifting etc, ive now been told I need cortisne injection guided by ultrasound, to hit the point, I am so scared about this as ive heard mixed stories, I battle bi polar too, and this has made the depression worse, like you the pain is unbearable at night, I find myself intears, worrying about everything, I just want this pain to go , im told week after injection physio can start I see your injury was december how are you now

  3. Julie says:

    I broke my shoulder 7 weeks ago and have only had 1 physiotherapy session with the next on 7th February. The NHS can be slow! I’m a teacher and cannot return to work until I’ve been seen by the occupational health therapist. I’m exercising and gradually going more having achieved 45% range of movement but because I also have rheumatoid arthritis I have been warned that I will probably never regain full range. The worst of my pain is at night and I wake 3 or 4 times every night usually giving up on sleep around 4 am – does anyone else experience strong pain so LNG after the break? How do you cope with sleeping?

  4. Kathy says:

    You are most welcome, Delores! I’m so glad to hear that your healing is progressing well. I’ll keep you in my prayers for a complete recovery.

    God bless you,
    Kathy

  5. DELORES says:

    I WAS SO EXCITED TO READ ALL YOUR INFORMATION ON YIUR ROAD TO RECOVERY AFTER YOUR SHOULDER FRACTURE. I ACTUALLY BROKE MY SHOULDER IN THREE PLACES IN NOVEMBER MY ORTHOPAEDIC DOCTOR IS A SPORTS MEDICINE DOCTOR WHO SPECIALIZES IN SHOULDER FRACTURES. HE STARTED PASSIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY ON ME 2 WEEKS AFTER MY FALL. MY BONES SETTLED BACK INTO THE PERFECT POSITION AND NO SURGERY WAS REQUIRED THANK THE GOOD LORD ! MY THERAPY WAS AND IS STILL PAINFUL BUT I WILL MAKE IT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR POSTS IT HAS HELPED ME TO REALIZE I AM ACTUALLY DOING WONDERFUL. I THOUGHT I WAS NOT. IT JUST TAKES SOOOOOOOOOO LONG TO HEAL. I WORK OUT TWICE A WEEK WITH A TRAINER AND WALK. I STILL HAVE THERAPY 3 TIMES A WEEK. THANK YOU AGAIN , YOU MADE ME FEEL SO MUCH BETTER.

  6. Kathy says:

    Hello, Sandra. I’m so sorry to hear about your accident, but glad that you have started motion movements. Many more people have shared their stories of how they healed from shoulder fractures in response to another post on this website. To read their stories, please visit http://osteodiet.com/2008/07/3.....-fracture/

    Praying God’s blessings on every area of your life,
    Kathy

  7. Sandra says:

    Fractured my left shoulder on 06sep12,still healing, typing with right hand, horrible expierence,my husband passed and live alone but have lots of visits from children and friends, did not realize recup is so long. Doctor just said no driving, no moving,stay still & maybe no surgery, have started motion movements. Keeping busy reading and walking, any suggestions please forward. Enjoy reading everyone’s story. Thanks, Sandra

    • Sylvia says:

      Please give update on your progress have you fully recovered. I fractured mine falling and it was 4 weeks ago still in a lot of pain. I worry it’s not mending or I’ll have rotator cuff prob

  8. fracyured left shoulder ina fall Sept 7 (just on my way out and at home naturally) Tile wet and slick as ice. Down I went, took an hour to get up- greyhounds are not very helpful cute but not helpful!!

    Found this interesting, and hope I recover fast – I am nearly 70 and feel 25. The shock comes when I look in the mirror!! 😉

    Thanks

  9. Jinx says:

    Kathy, I am reading your blog today for the information I skipped the last reading. The ER doctor had said my “bones were cornflakes” so I thought I was being released to non-surgical healing, on my own. Friends and family encouraged me to see a shoulder specialist for a second opinion. A week ago, I saw him and four days later he squeezed me in for surgery, nearly two weeks after my fall. He installed a plate which he will not remove and the rotator cuff is holding the shoulder together sort of like an internal cast. That is held with sinew which will dissolve. My personal battles revolve around the balance of too little vs. too much pain meds. Last night I had the pain block drip removed and I struggled.Today, three days after the surgery, I am just now beginning to get it right, to stay ahead of the pain, and to eat, finally. Thanks to all your readers’ suggestions. Jinx

  10. sally says:

    How old are you? How old when you were first diagnosed?

    • Kathy says:

      Do you mean when I was diagnosed with osteoporosis or with the factured shoulder? I was 51 when I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I broke my shoulder in a bike accident when I was 54.

      • Sylvia says:

        Have you fully recovered. I fractured my hemerus neck 4 weeks ago. I’m 52 and very stressed fracture hasn’t shown signs of mending and
        Dealing with a lot of pain. Hoping I haven’t
        Damaged rotator cuff I haven’t read where anyone has mentioned that

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