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I am sure that each of us heals differently, but I thought it might be helpful to include new photographs of my right (healthy) arm and shoulder along with my left (fractured) arm and shoulder.

This is more than 18 months after the ORIF surgery. I tried to assume the same position of my hand being behind my head. Although I can reach up with my left arm, the shoulder itself is very tight and uncomfortable in that position. Honestly, it’s tight and uncomfortable most of the time, but I’m accustomed to it. I think it bothers me more when I spend time at the computer, or behind the wheel of a car, than when I do manual work in the house and yard.

Left Shoulder

Left (Fractured) Arm and Shoulder


Right Shoulder

Right (Healthy) Arm and Shoulder

Although the left arm looks abnormal in this position, it looks almost normal when it is dangling by my side.  I don’t think anyone would notice the difference.

I’m curious to hear from others about how long you continued with physical therapy.  I continued exercises for only a short time after leaving formal physical therapy. I believe that when the scar tissue becomes tough and hard, it is too late to continue PT.  What do you think?