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Shoulder killing me

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Need some advice-help.

 

Incident and me.   Inclinated too far to the left side when checking out my S7's capabilities on groomers.  Fell pretty hard on L side. Didn't really notice anything for about a day.  Since then started with knot under L shoulder blade.  Pain wasn't really bad but knawing and with me all the time.  Wife massaged the knot, used wet heat pad, hot tub.  About a week later by mid day the pain was even affedting my chest.  Went to Dr. and got needle into knot.  Helped but came back.  Did some light pulls etc. with my Bowflex.  Getting worse.

 

Me.   68, 185, pretty good shape, hike at least 1 hr a day in the hills, stomach and core workout and light weight work.

 

Really at a loss, should I exercise more, less etc. etc.  Suggestions appreciated.    Thanks Pete

post #2 of 7

Shoulder injuries suck.  I've had more then one.  Baby it for a while.  Then get some good PT exercises, probably thy'll use rubber resistance bands.  If it might be a rotator cuff tear, my doc recommended against an MRI (too many false positives he said) and instead had an arthrogram done, which is a real time xray during which they inject water in your shoulder to see if it passes through the muscle.

 

In any case get it taken care of by a good specialist.  Shoulders don't heal quickly and you can easily re-injure them.  Again, mine were both Rotator Cuff injuries, I have no idea what yours is.

 

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

Shoulder injuries suck.  I've had more then one.  Baby it for a while.  Then get some good PT exercises, probably thy'll use rubber resistance bands.  If it might be a rotator cuff tear, my doc recommended against an MRI (too many false positives he said) and instead had an arthrogram done, which is a real time xray during which they inject water in your shoulder to see if it passes through the muscle.

 

In any case get it taken care of by a good specialist.  Shoulders don't heal quickly and you can easily re-injure them.  Again, mine were both Rotator Cuff injuries, I have no idea what yours is.

 

Good luck!


Not a rotator cuff,down under the lower part of the shoulder blade.. Spending some down time today, raining here and 36 on Mt. ugh.
 

post #4 of 7

I would put myself on the light duty rouster for a week, and then very gradually bring it back up to speed.  If it doesn't come back with the gradual approach after a week off, I would shell out some $$$ for a good physio therapist.

post #5 of 7

Go see a manual therapist. Or go see a proper sports med doc - one who will take a look and recommend a good therapist; not one who goes right to the injection (and I'd suggest you not go back to that doctor for future problems). Hopefully the therapist you find will be a good one. Athletic therapists are my preference but there are also good massage therapists and physical therapists. If you do go the physical therapist route, and they spend very little time with their hands on you and then slap their "modalities" on you, that's likely not a good one.

 

You probably can just take it easy and it should get better, but it will take way longer than it would to get someone working on it and then helping you do the right kind of exercises and to progress them properly. It also might not heal completely without help. 

 

Good luck!

 

Elsbeth

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Thanks folks, found a physical therapist in Kellogg and have an appointment Wed AM.  Getting some rest on the shoulder raining here so skiing sucks.

post #7 of 7

Hope it gets better for you soon, Pete

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