Inflamed Shoulder - Now What?

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    Jul 19, 2010 11:32 AM GMT
    I've been diagnosed with inflammation in my shoulder and was told not to do anything that might aggravate it. OK, no problem but what? I'm still doing cardio, abs, back and leg excercises, but what upper body stuff (free weights or machines) can I do for a while to let my shoulder heal and not aggravate it?
    I'd appreciate any serious suggestions.
    Chris
  • Timbales

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    Jul 19, 2010 1:37 PM GMT
    what kind of inflammation?
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    Jul 19, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    There's fluid in my shoulder/upper bicep area. I'm using ice compresses as often as I can during the day too.
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    Jul 19, 2010 2:47 PM GMT
    Nothing for it but time.

    Ibuprofen may be helpful (e.g., Advil). Up to 800 mg per day may be taken with food.

    You won't become a skeleton if you rest your upper body for two weeks.

    But if you are worried, studies have found creatine to be very effective in maintaining muscle mass when taking a holiday from training.
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    Jul 20, 2010 12:47 PM GMT
    thx, but my question was... "what upper body stuff (free weights or machines) can I do for a while to let my shoulder heal and not aggravate it?"
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    Jul 20, 2010 1:10 PM GMT
    im assuming its a biceps/supraspinatus (impingement issue?)

    both are bitches to heal to be honest, one due to the poor blood supply and two because your shoulders are moving all the time and the inherent instability of the area.. THEREFORE to let it heal properly you need to leave weights well alone unless you want a chronic problem with lots of lovely scar tissue and issues in the future which i see all the time

    oh plus, i assume you had an ultrasound scan too?
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    Jul 20, 2010 1:21 PM GMT
    Yeah, I was afraid of hearing that. And, oh yeah, I had an MRI.
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    Jul 20, 2010 1:21 PM GMT
    ChrisInCT saidthx, but my question was... "what upper body stuff (free weights or machines) can I do for a while to let my shoulder heal and not aggravate it?"


    It would greatly depend on the nature of the injury.

    Until you can get therapy, it is somewhat useful to keep it in motion if you can without pain. Just moving your arm around somewhat without weights, to increase blood flow and prevent shortening and freezing of the shoulder soft tissues.
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    Jul 21, 2010 11:24 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the info and recommendations, guys. I'm doing some light shoulder exercises but that's about it for now. I don't know how long I can last without doing more but I'll try to wait it out.
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    Sep 08, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
    Well, it looks like I'm gonna have arthroscopy surgery to see what's going on in there. It's not too invasive but will still have about 5 days of recovery time where I can't do anything and then I'll need PT after that. Wish me luck, guys. Thx!
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    Sep 08, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    before you try surgery you should look into active release therapy(ART)... it may help you more than surgery,
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    Sep 08, 2010 5:25 PM GMT
    physical therapy, look into it
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    Sep 08, 2010 5:28 PM GMT
    Wish you luck mate.

    I know first hand how important it is to set your drive and pride aside, and keep rest and listen to your doctors. Please don't do anything stupid.
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    Sep 08, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
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    Sep 08, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    Active Release Therapy sounds like the use of the non-afflicted hand on the frontal mid part of the body.
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    Sep 09, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
    ChrisInCT saidWell, it looks like I'm gonna have arthroscopy surgery to see what's going on in there. It's not too invasive but will still have about 5 days of recovery time where I can't do anything and then I'll need PT after that. Wish me luck, guys. Thx!
    You have my best wishes.
    I may be going through something similar soon...suffering from sciatica now, and nothing I've done has helped it (ER one day, shots, lots of drugs, chiropractor 2 days later, still no relief...may be more serious than expected).
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    Sep 09, 2010 12:39 PM GMT
    Thanks, guys, and I DID do PT for 6 weeks and have been doing shoulder PT exercises everyday for months, but nothing has helped, and I can't live on Aleve indefinitely, either.