Rotator Cuff Tendonitis FTL!

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  1. Troll

    Troll New Member

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    I've been working out since the August and am currently at 5'9 183 lbs... i was at 216 when i started. I feel awesome now, and do a good combo of lifting and treadmill work. For the past couple of months though, i've felt shoulder pain and finally decided to go to the Doc and see what was up. he said it's rotator cuff tendonitis and I should go and do some physio.

    Instead of going to physio, I decided to try to let my shoulders heal themselves and not do any shoulder related work, just fill the time with cardio and whatever... It was 3 weeks now w/o shoulder work and i started again today... and sure enough, the shoulder pain is back. I guess i better go to physio, just wanted to know if anybody else has had this problem and wanted to know if their condition improved, and what it is they did.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    i'd listen to your dr instead of medicating yourself. you will do more damage "sitting it out" instead of going to therapy. do the work and you will be able to do better when you lift after getting healed.
     
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    Yep, i guess i'll give therapy a go. I just wasn't looking forward to delaying my progress.
     
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    id see a chiro over an MD, you'd be back quicker IMO
     
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    Everybodies got a different opinion on that one. I'm not convinced though.
     
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    what kind of doctor did you see. general, ortho, ob/gyn. If a general said this without xrays or mri's he could be wrong. what symptoms do you have besides pain obviously. Tendinitis isn't that bad, but it can turn bad. PT would be good but costly. if you have any questions I have experience rehabbing shoulders.
     
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    If I were you, I'd go see a physical therapist..they can perform certain therapeutic procedures that could help with healing and pain: ultrasound, shortwave diathermy, etc.
     
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    I had tendonitis in my rotator cuff too, about 3 years ago. It was so bad I was sleeping upright in a chair. I finally went to 3 different doctors, all looked at an mri, all wanted surgery. Then I went to the doctor at my old university, he gave me a corticosteroid, and 5 days later I was and have been 100% since.
     
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    I just saw a general family Dr. No xrays or MRI's. I feel pain on specific excercises, specifically bench press, side raises and the upright row. Doctor said he also felt some grinding in my shoulder as i rotated it. You can hear it crack too.

    I should probably not continue to do the excercises that's giving me shoulder pain huh?

    I just made an appointment for PT, set for Friday morning. I'm hoping he can give me a rehab program that I can do at the gym, rather then going to PT every other day and go to the gym on top of that. Will i be slowing my rehab progress by doint that? How much difference does that ultrasound stuff and those suction cup, pulsating things do?

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    I'll definately look into that. Thanks.
     
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    Not sure i'm familiar with that. Is that the pulsating suction cups? After rehabbing my knee a few years back i wondered if that stuff made any significant difference in my recovery.
     
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    I think you should get an MRI to make sure you don't have a torn labrum
     
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    MRI's clear up a lot of stuff in my experience when it comes to shoulder problems.
     
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    O man I feel you on this one. Im not sure if this is what I have but ive been reading online and it sounds like it. Pain in right shoulder. Pain basically goes away when I stop working out, but then comes back. Ive basically trained myself to do the workout without putting strain on my shoulder which reduces the pain. I dunno im too lazy to go to a doctor. lol
     
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    just be sure you aren't dealing with doctors that want your surgery money.
     
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    Waiting for an MRI up here can take months (Free healthcare has some draw-backs_. I can always go to Buffalo and pay to get it done. I'm affraid to ask how much that'd cost me.

    Yep, those are my exact symptoms as well.... fuckin sucks!
     
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    First, off if the problem still lingers for 4-6 weeks after therapy I would definetly see an orthopedist. The exercises that cause pain for you, where is the pain, in the front, back, top. The cracking in your shoulder is nothing to worry about as long as that is not the source of the pain. Many overhead athletes (pitchers, volleyball players) will have this crepitus (cracking) in their shoulder.

    PT's are usually good about giving home exercise plans, but they will probably want you to go back for a couple more visits to instruct you, and for the other modalities such as ultrasound, etc.

    Ultrasound as well as other modalities (electric stim., heat /ice) will help. Some optimize the healing process while others deal with pain as long as used properly.

    Feel free to ask anymore questions. I have worked with NCAA athletes as well as professional baseball athetes.
     
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    pckt, what exactly is it that you do? I'm getting into the athletic training/physical therapy field.
     
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    I am a certified athletic trainer (ATC) as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Right now I serve as an athletic trainer, for a major industrial/occupational company.
     
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    Ive heard that if you don't take care of rotor cuff problems, the ligament will eventually wear down and cause it to tear. Not sure if thats true or not but I read it somewhere.
     
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    If you don't take care of the rotator cuff problems there are many consequences such as impingement, biceps tendinitis, which may lead to labrum problems, and instability problems (dislocations, subluxations)
     
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    The source of the pain is right on the front of my shoulder. I've got my first PT app't set up for Friday morning. I'll be sure to let ya know what kind of program and treatment he sets me up with. Your help is GREATLY appreciated and that's why this place rocks. Thanks again.


    :noes: :wtc:
     
  23. slikna

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    YEa tell us the program... detailed... so I dont have to pay to go.. :p
     
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    pain in the front of the shoulder could mean a couple things. It could be your rotator cuff muscles are inflamed a little, causing the impingement I spoke of earlier, or it could be the head of the biceps being inflamed, either way you are not to bad.

    The PT will probably be able to tell you more than your doctor did, and I would be curious to know what they say and recommend.
     
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    Yea I find that putting my arm over the back of my neck and pulling down stretches the spot that hurts and takes away the pain temporarily.
     
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