I suspect I have a tear in the rotator cuff (supraspinatus and 3 other small muscles in the shoulder) of my left shoulder. I believe I've had this for over half a year actually and have neglected getting it looked at. I frequently hurt my shoulder while doing deltoid and some chest exercises. It also gets sore if I haven't stretched my arms properly before running. Now that I realize what this might be I'm extremely worried. The thought of being forced to rest awhile in order to recover this would interfere with training for swimming and possibly running. Even more worrisome is that it will need surgery in order to be corrected. This is very possible considering I first noticed last spring, that it feels like I'm continually pulling something in my shoulder, and it's been happening more frequently since then.I plan on getting it examined soon. I just hope that this isn't too serious of a problem, but that fact that it hasn't gone away during the previous times I rested my arm isn't reassuring.
Torn rotator cuff
You should definetely get it x-rayed and examined by a doctor. If its not torn all the way through it is possible to heal with exercises. Surgery is usually fora complete tear, or close to that. You wont know until they xray it and see
They thought the same thing about mine a couple years ago.Ready to start cutting and I went for a secnd opinon. The second opinion included a scan and took about 2 hours (I moved a couple times accidently by fallig asleep and we had to start over) and a week later we had the results.It took that long to get the tapes to my doc an for him to get me back in, fuckig orthapedic surgeons scheduling sucks ass.Anyways, I tore my bursa and some other shit, I dont recal right now but the report on my injury is upstairs in a filing cabinet, if it helped I could go look it up.long story shorter, I got a shot of burning heat and pain (cortizone) every 3 weeks for 6 months directly into the bursa.I did 8 months of physical therapy with the first 3 months being 3 times a week and include message and electrical message and started each session with an ultra sound to increase blood flow to the area. later it was down to 2 times a week and then ended. My shouder still isnt 100% and this was 2 years ago almost to the day. It does get better all the time and it doesnt hurt anymore, hasnt for a long time but I dont have 100% strength and rotation back to it yet. I probally never would have with surgery and thats why I tried to avoid the knife. My climbing isnt as strong as it once was but its getting back to that range. I still seee my doc about every 2 months and monitor the progress. They expect a full recovery within another 6 months.
I've been to the doctor and he thinks that I have a mild injury, most likely of the supraspinatus. I've been told to go easy on my shoulder and do very light weight exercises for it to strengthen without injuring it.
He didn't go into great detail on stretches and exercises to do. My mom (family doctor) was going to pick up some information from work on exercises and stretches to do for it. The thing is that this was an additional thing on top of going in to the doctor to check some recent bloodwork of mine that showed slightly higher than normal wbc levels so it wasn't quite the focus of what I went in for.Thanks, a demonstrational video would be great if it's not too much trouble.
I dont know how your health care works, but isnce your in canada, payment shouldny be a problem for you. Can you get a referal to a a physical therapist? maybe just a one or 3 visit deal?
its better to have someone go thru the exercises with you.
when I left therapy I got a big ass rubber band and was told to keep doing specific exercises for a few months to keep the muscle stretched out, none of it was hard but 30 reps with 3 sets tended to wear my arm out a bit. Not alot of resistance just higher reps.
it helped me greatly, like I said Im not back to 100% but I feel like Im at about 85 to 90% most days. Those bulshit exercises that you think do nothing actually do a hell of a lot
Glad to hear it was nothing real serious that ended up in surgery or perm. restrictions.