• 8 days ago

    Shoulder pain for 8 years now...

    It started in 2011 when I was in the military. I was lifting things and did something to my shoulder and for a few weeks could hardly do anything without pain.

    When I returned, I was told it was an impingement and did PT. It never went away and I have been told several different things from that to a pinched nerve in my neck because I most likely sleep in a bad position.

    Roughly 3 months ago I had an x-ray for the first time. They said there was nothing structurally wrong, but had me do more physical therapy. A month ago they did x-rays of my neck. They said nothing was wrong and have me doing PT again. I am trying to see if they will do an MRI as it still hurts.

    The pain is in the lower half of raising my arm in any direction then it goes away. I cannot do any kind of pressing motion as it hurts. The pain is more so on the side of my shoulder, but sometimes it feels like it comes across and into my collar bone.

    I see a chiropractor who has said it could be The bicep tendon slipping out a grove or some kind of bursitis. What I have noticed is that when it does hurt, I can put pressure on the area that hurts and the pain seems to go away.

    Does any of this sound right, like busitis, impingement, pinched nerve, arthritis of some kind or anything? I am getting very frustrated at this point since its been like this for years and it has not gone away or anything...
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  • 5 days ago

    RE: Shoulder pain for 8 years now...

    I'm 63. I play golf. The range and speed of motion (particularly the left shoulder) lends itself to shoulder injury, especially, impingement.

    Most seniors think they can go out one or two times a week and play into adequate fitness level. Wrong! This is why you seldom see players in the 60s and older hit their tee shots more than 240 yards.

    Physical therapy may give you exercises to build "strength" and "range of motion" but they only scratch the surface (towards these ends). Why? Because, any higher intensity workouts may cause more harm than good.

    Bottomline: To alleviate shoulder pain, you must, slowly and methodically, build strength and flexibility in the shoulder area.

    Here's an example of what I'm talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZVKdiwjyPs

    People simply don't understand the complexity of the shoulder joint and just how prone it is to injury as we age. The power I generate in my golf swing relies heavily on the strength, flexibility and stability of both my shoulders & back. Thus, my diet & fitness regimen is quite intense.

    You don't need to go this far. But, if you think you can "repair" shoulder injury without changing DAILY lifestyle routines such as diet, stretching, exercise and sleep quality, sorry, but plan on another 8 years on pain. Repair & strengthening of the shoulder joint demands permanent lifestyle changes. 3 or 4 visits to a physical therapist would do "zip" for my shoulder pain, I promise you that.