orthojock wrote:Few questions for ya:
1. Initial reason for going to phsyiotherapist?
2. Did he/she give you a timeline as to when you should expect recovery?
3. Have YOU been following their instructions (i.e. NOT working out if told to take it easy)?
4. Any previous injuries to that shoulder?
Thanks for the reply!
1) Initial reason for Physio: I've had shoulder problems in the past, so I was trying to strengthen my rotator cuff. While trying to up the weight from 5kg to 6 on a weight stack, doing external rotation on my right side, my right shoulder hurt, a lot, and wouldn't allow me to do that exercise, with any weight, any more. I probably can now, but not that day and unlikely with more weight.
2) No timeline mentioned. I've been told to be patient and that it will take time to correct my movement patterns, which caused the problems, but I think they think that the pain shouldn't be there. Now I have inflammation along my shoulder blades on my back, random numbness down my right arm, and aching in my right arm when I wake up sometimes, or when I'm going to sleep.
3) I've been doing my best to follow their instructions. Only exercise I've been doing is cycling to work, on a flat road, for 20 minutes. Well, that and the physio exercises. I believe I'm doing the physio exercises correctly, once a day, every day, but am not sure about the correctness.
4) My shoulder has given me problems in one form or another for years. My pec minor muscles are too strong / tight, and round my shoulders forward. No amount of stretching has corrected this yet, and massage / active release hasn't seemed to help things much either. I think this causes / caused my rhomboids to get tired and tight and not do their job properly. Which I think has led to other muscles getting recruited just to hold me up.
I don't really know what an orthopaedic surgeon does. If they are mostly just for surgery, then that's an option, but I don't know if I'm ready for that. I'd like to get an MRI first and figure out what the underlying problem is. I'm also concerned that the underlying problem is related to hip problems I have, or the tightness in my chest, meaning surgery won't help too much after the initial pain is dealt with.
Thanks again for the reply. I will do some research on Orthopaedic surgeons here, and/or doctors well versed in sports medicine.