Physical Therapy

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    Dec 19, 2008 7:57 AM GMT
    Hi guys,

    A few months ago I did "something" to my right shoulder and was suddenly having a good deal of pain doing chest & some shoulder exercises.

    I say "something" because there was never any one moment of "injury." My shoulders have always been a source of frustration for me. they have always popped and creaked and prevented me, I feel, from getting the most out of my chest. They usually give me some problems, but this time I knew it was more serious.

    So I laid off lifting for about a month and focused on lower body and cardio. Plus a busy schedule kept me out of the gym more. So after a month of laying low, I tried to lift again with terrible results. I couldn't even press 20lbs without terrible pain, or just my shoulder completely locking.

    So I saw my dr. who diagnosed a possible SLAP injury and sent me to physical therapy. He took an Xray which didn't show anything unusual.

    I started physical therapy this week. My therapist is trying to strengthen the muscles in my shoulder that are weak (causing strain) by using electical therapy and heat followed by some simple excercises.

    I LOVE the tens unit on my shoulder... both cause it + the heat is relaxing. I find it mildly pleasurable too... lol... but the excercises seem so simple and rather easy to do... I'm not sure it's working if I'm not "hurting."

    Am I missing something?
    Any advice for a PT novice?

    About my shoulder... I have almost full range of motion. The part that is problematic is if I hold my arm straight out from my shoulder, with my elbow at a 90 degree angle fist up in the air and slowly bring my fist down, rotating the shoulder. When my fist gets to parallel to the floor I have a lot of pain in the front of my shoulder and it feels like the shoulder's going to pop right out of the front of my skin. I have to adjust to be able to complete the motion.

    This is what we're trying to fix.
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    Dec 20, 2008 12:12 AM GMT
    I've been in physical therapy for a few months with an overtraining injury from running. A lot of stretches and exercises have targeted areas which weren't affected in order to help facilitate the protection of the affected area. Some of them do hurt, most don't. If I feel actual pain, I let my therapist know and he'll usually tell me to stop. If it's just a "good burn" then I'll tell him it burns, and he'll make the call whether it should or not. Like any other doctor patient relationship, it's your responsibility to listen to what your body's telling you and relay that information back to the therapist. He will have you do more as time progresses, but if you're not hurting take it as a good sign that your A. Injury isn't serious. B. You'll have a speedier recovery and you won't be in debt to the p/t's office for the rest of your life like I am.

    In some cases there's ultimately going to be a lot of pain for example car accident victims who are trying to restore their range of motion. Or people who are beginning to use their limbs after getting a cast taken off. I've seen more than a few grown men on the verge of tears in those instances. But no physical therapy for a relatively minor injury shouldn't be an excruciating process. If it is, you're both doing something wrong. Good luck.
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    Jan 15, 2009 2:37 AM GMT
    I am in physical therapy right now. and want to quit, but I notice how these small easy but consistent exercises really wake up the tiny muscles. I am going to stick to it.

    Hope you feel better
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    Jan 15, 2009 2:49 AM GMT
    I have had physical therapy, weight training with a personal trainer, and massage therapy on my shoulders. Of the three, I found the massage therapy was the best for relief of the pain and restoration of the range of motion of the shoulder joints.

    The weight training was great for my other joints...esp strengthening the muscles for the knees.

    I also did chiropractor for range of motion and he was great for my neck. ....and straightening my posture