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georgieboy
06-03-2007, 03:33 PM
i recently hurt my shoulder in a basketball game (5 days ago) going for a steal with an underhand reaching motion. I felt immediately as if i had overextended my shoulder but was not in much pain. Since that day i have had a full range of motion but my shoulder feels stiff and sore (uncomfortable) at times throughout the day. I cannot visually see anything out of place either.

My doctor told me it is probably a sprain or a slight tear, neither of which he claims would need surgery... he did not give me a sling, only a prescription for anti-inflamatory meds... What do you guys think

PS i am also an avid weight lifter who hates sitting days out of the gym... and a construction worker who does not like missing future pay days

thanks alot

kjwilkin
06-03-2007, 06:29 PM
i recently hurt my shoulder in a basketball game (5 days ago) going for a steal with an underhand reaching motion. I felt immediately as if i had overextended my shoulder but was not in much pain. Since that day i have had a full range of motion but my shoulder feels stiff and sore (uncomfortable) at times throughout the day. I cannot visually see anything out of place either.

My doctor told me it is probably a sprain or a slight tear, neither of which he claims would need surgery... he did not give me a sling, only a prescription for anti-inflamatory meds... What do you guys think

PS i am also an avid weight lifter who hates sitting days out of the gym... and a construction worker who does not like missing future pay days

thanks alot

Hi there,

It sounds like you haven't been very good advice to date. I'd recommend you go and see a good sports physician. They should be able to give you an accurate diagnosis and point you in the right direction. Check out www.acsp.org.au to find one.

The anti-inflammatories will only help with the inflammation and not much else. They probably won't get to the bottom of the problem.

I think it's also really important to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder too. A good shoulder physio will be able to give you some exercises to strengthen the shoulder. Pilates is also a great way to do this too. This is particularly important if the shoulder has been overstretched, which sounds like what you've done.

Whereabouts are you based ? I have two really sports physicians in Melbourne and a great physio too. I'm also seeing a top shoulder in Melbourne for shoulder instability. We will be making a decision in about 5 weeks as to whether I have surgery or not.

Let us know how you get on !!!

angieliu
06-03-2007, 09:39 PM
i recently hurt my shoulder in a basketball game (5 days ago) going for a steal with an underhand reaching motion. I felt immediately as if i had overextended my shoulder but was not in much pain. Since that day i have had a full range of motion but my shoulder feels stiff and sore (uncomfortable) at times throughout the day. I cannot visually see anything out of place either.

My doctor told me it is probably a sprain or a slight tear, neither of which he claims would need surgery... he did not give me a sling, only a prescription for anti-inflamatory meds... What do you guys think

PS i am also an avid weight lifter who hates sitting days out of the gym... and a construction worker who does not like missing future pay days

thanks alot


I would be weary of your doctor's diagnosis. When I hurt my shoulder the second time I had to see a doctor to write me a referral to a chiropractor whilst I was in the United States and he put it down to as bursitis and didn't think that I had done anything. Of course I didn't believe him so I went to see the chiro and he said I had subluxed my shoulder and it was just hanging on. I then returned home from my trip overseas and decided that rest would be fine and started dancing again about 3 months later. It was only in December last year that after seeking physio treatment which made my shoulder worse that I decided to go and get an opinion from a sports doctor. I strongly suggest that it you are in pain to go and see a sports doctor to get a proper diagnosis. The sooner you find out the sooner you can work on your recovery and get back to work.

For the time being with you shoulder I'd rest it and ice it as much as possible to bring down any swelling.

Good luck with the shoulder.

A

georgieboy
09-03-2007, 04:21 AM
thanks for the reply guys....the earliest appointment i could find with an ortho is for this coming wednesday..
the shoulder itself feels less sore...all moverments feel pretty good...what i am feeling is an almost loode sensation in the shoulder and was wondering if maybe i am experiencing instability.
I am definitely going to see the ortho but i was wondering if since the pain has subsided for the most part (just a slight twinge here and there) i could start doing some kind of exercises to strengthen the shoulder... thanks a lot guys

angieliu
09-03-2007, 08:18 AM
Hi there,

I would not try to do any strengthening exercises for at least 4- 6 weeks. I'd be really careful with it. I was really stupid with my shoulder when I hurt it and didn't think that it was that serious and kept on dancing after i had it put back into place when I was in the States. When I got home I got some acupuncture done which helped with the inflammation and thought I'd rest it for a bit and then went straight back into doing weights. Not a good idea because I hurt for days straight after working out. Be very careful. Ice it to keep the inflammation down. You can go and see an acupuncturist which would be good to decrease the inflammation and increase the blood flow to the area. And to avoid overuse of your shoulder I'd suggest that you go to the chemist and buy a sling. And at least keep your shoulder in the sling when you are at home and rest it. But be careful that it doesn't stay in the sling for too long because your shoulder would be in a static position which prevents good blood flow.

I have shoulder instability as a result of my shoulder injuries and have been working with a physio and have noticed some significant progress. I'm beginning to regain muscle in areas which have been weak for almost two years. Just make sure that you see a physio who specialises in shoulders or who has done manipulative physiotherapy.

I hope this helps but stay away from doing strengthening exercises for the time being until you see the ortho.