Brief Medical History Overview
persistent shoulder tenderness/feeling of weakness
hi, i came across this website while doing research on how bicep tendons heal, and i was struck by the thoughtfulness of people's responses so i thought i'd try posting my current conditions and see what you guys think. i apologize for the long post. this injury's been pretty frustrating, and like you guys i'm trying to find out exactly what's wrong and the best possible treatment for it.
i broke my left humerus in January while climbing rope in army basic training (i didn't fall off the rope, my arm literally popped while i was still climbing). as a consequence of the fracture, i suffered nerve damage to my radial nerve resulting in severe nerve palsy in my forearm and hand. what made this injury frustrating and mysterious was that it occurred toward the end of basic training, and by then we were all used to climbing ropes (which we did once or twice a week throughout basic).
since then, i've been attending physical therapy, and through the care of my wonderful PT i've regained full range of motion in elbow and shoulder, as well as near full strength in muscle and nerve. however, a feeling of weakness and mild pain persists in my shoulder whenever i try to conduct motions involving pushing (like pushups or bench press). an MRI revealed a longitudinal tear in the long head of my bicep tendon (my orthopedic ruled out a labral tear through a very brief physical exam in which he had me extend my arm and pushed on it every which way, asking if i felt pain...basically told me to come back in a month or two if the situation doesn't improve).
through my PT regime, i have a strong rotator cuff and am continuing with shoulder strengthening exercises. i'm wondering how slowly/quickly tendons heal? is there anything else i can do to facilitate the recovery process?