Rotator cuff tendonitis- any advice?

  • Arabbottomln

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    May 17, 2015 1:21 PM GMT
    I injured my shoulder about 6 months ago from overtraining. I saw 3 different physios who all told me that I had tendonitis in my rotator cuff and in one of my bicep tendons. They all said a full recovery was possible and would need approx. 3-6 months.

    I initially took a 2 month break from weightlifting and for the most part it has recovered. However, when I actually try to push myself (like I used to before it got injured), I feel my subtle pain in my shoulder and my whole trap/shoulder gets really really tight.

    Anyone had a similar problem? Will it ever go completely back to normal? Do I need to be doing some special stretches?

    Thanks
  • maggass

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    May 18, 2015 6:15 AM GMT
    I did something similar to my shoulder. One of the things I did that helped speed up my recovery was shockwave therapy at my phyiso's. I did like 3 treatments and it really helped. Shockwave therapy uses high-powered sound waves to promote new blood vessel growth and scar tissue breakdown. Many times, you have built scar tissue in that tendon and that's what makes it tight and inflamed. Maybe look into a physio place that offers this treatment.
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    May 20, 2015 1:56 AM GMT
    Arabbottomln saidI injured my shoulder about 6 months ago from overtraining. I saw 3 different physios who all told me that I had tendonitis in my rotator cuff and in one of my bicep tendons. They all said a full recovery was possible and would need approx. 3-6 months.

    I initially took a 2 month break from weightlifting and for the most part it has recovered. However, when I actually try to push myself (like I used to before it got injured), I feel my subtle pain in my shoulder and my whole trap/shoulder gets really really tight.

    Anyone had a similar problem? Will it ever go completely back to normal? Do I need to be doing some special stretches?

    Thanks



    I couldn't even tuck in my shirt at one point. I tried physical therapy which helped a bit then a friend recommended a massage therapist that specialized in lymphatic massage. She "cleaned" my whole shoulder and torso several times and recovery was swift. She also insisted on eliminating wheat, bread and dairy. It's better now than before the injury. Also I found cold compresses worked better than hot.
  • Arabbottomln

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    May 22, 2015 10:51 AM GMT
    Cheers! Will check those out and give it a shot.
  • Destinharbor

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    May 22, 2015 4:02 PM GMT
    I asked about some similar issues I am having in another thread and some responders got me looking for some tendon stretching and exercising sites on the net. One I found really useful for my issue is Uptodate.com. Take a look. You might also consider dry needling. Radd left a link to a vid he made about his experience with it in my thread. I also just spoke with my younger son, an NFL agent, and he said it absolutely is an established treatment for your issues.
  • EagerHawaii

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    May 25, 2015 7:42 PM GMT
    I did this (and found out there are 23 tendons around the shoulder) - and my gay, weightlifting doctor took me through my workout, suggested changes. Instead of doing the machine (or weights) lifting from the elbow up, had me start with very light barbells (5 lbs) and do full arm extension up slowly, increasing the weights over time. Took about a year, and I still avoid what caused the injury, but shoulder muscles built up to avoid re-injuring the area.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    May 25, 2015 11:35 PM GMT
    I injured my right rotator cuff in December of 2011. Over the past 3 and a half years, I literally tried everything(physical therapy, prolotherapy, rest, supplements). Interestingly, the only thing that has worked is the last thing I tried(just before I was going to go through with surgery),is Acupuncture. It has reduced my pain and symptoms by at east 85-90% over the last six months. I highly recommend trying it.