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    Posted: Apr 04 2018 at 3:02pm
I am an 80-year old retired RN, general health excellent.  I had arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery 3 months ago. The surgeon said my tendons were like "cheesecloth" and the bone "crumbly".   PT was delayed till the 2nd month because of my age and the size of the tear - 100%.
I have been going to PT 2xwk for the past 2 months.  I have made progress but my concern is that at least the past month, my shoulder is almost always sore with any movement.  I know PT does cause soreness but this seems too much and sometimes it is so sore it is hard to exercise at home even though I am very faithfully doing it in spite of the pain.
They have started me with resistance - 1 pound weights - but I find the soreness is so much worse and I am afraid damage is being done and perhaps even a re-tear.  The surgeon has asked the therapist, a very young woman, to be less aggressive but she doesn't seem to be doing that.
I have even been thinking of stopping therapy and doing the exercises at home by myself.  I am very self-disciplined and self-motivated and know I could do that if I have some guidelines as to which exercises to build on the ones I am doing now.  I would rather take a year to do this and not have the constant discomfort whenever I move my arm.  I would like comments on this plan - thanks.

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