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Ports
07-03-2007, 09:56 PM
Hi Guys,
About 6 weeks ago I was playing cricket with my 2 younger boys when i fell over. I fell shoulder first and didnt get time to get my arm out in front of me.
I have had quite a bit of pain since then with a dull ache all the time in my left shoulder. I have no strength in my left arm especially when I move it out away from my body. I can only go about half way up when trying to lift my arm then get sharp stabbing pain at the top of my shoulder. Even with small amount of weight I physically cannot lift anything more than half way. I have been to my local doctor and had anti inflamms with no result still with ache and constant soreness and still weakness. I have seen a shoulder surgeon and through making me try and move my shoulder, told me I may have a tendon tear. I am now booked in for an MRI next Thursday to determine the damage.
Has anyone had something similar out there and if so what was your prognosis?
My main symtoms are a constant dull ache all the time, no strength when moving my arm away from body and sharp pain when my arm is extented further than half way. The pain seems to be the front top part of my shoulder.
Sorry if I am rambling but I am so relieved I may have found others with this same injury. I am a 38 year old male and yes...I am a left hander which irritates my shoulder even more.
Please if there is anyone out there with similar symptoms your advice would be fantastic
Cheers Andrew

kjwilkin
08-03-2007, 09:21 AM
Hi Guys,
About 6 weeks ago I was playing cricket with my 2 younger boys when i fell over. I fell shoulder first and didnt get time to get my arm out in front of me.
I have had quite a bit of pain since then with a dull ache all the time in my left shoulder. I have no strength in my left arm especially when I move it out away from my body. I can only go about half way up when trying to lift my arm then get sharp stabbing pain at the top of my shoulder. Even with small amount of weight I physically cannot lift anything more than half way. I have been to my local doctor and had anti inflamms with no result still with ache and constant soreness and still weakness. I have seen a shoulder surgeon and through making me try and move my shoulder, told me I may have a tendon tear. I am now booked in for an MRI next Thursday to determine the damage.
Has anyone had something similar out there and if so what was your prognosis?
My main symtoms are a constant dull ache all the time, no strength when moving my arm away from body and sharp pain when my arm is extented further than half way. The pain seems to be the front top part of my shoulder.
Sorry if I am rambling but I am so relieved I may have found others with this same injury. I am a 38 year old male and yes...I am a left hander which irritates my shoulder even more.
Please if there is anyone out there with similar symptoms your advice would be fantastic
Cheers Andrew

Hi Andrew,

By what you have described you may also have subluxed/dislocated your shoulder. I fell on some snow that had iced over in London and either dislocated or subluxed my shoulder.

If I was you I would go and see a good sports physician that specialises in shoulders. They will be able to diagnose the problem and point you in the right direction. Check out www.acsp.org.au to find a sports physician in your area. In Melbourne I see both Chris Bradshaw and Andrew Jowett at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre. They are both very good sports physicians. Chris actually has a shoulder problem himself so understands the frustrations. They both work for AFL clubs in Melbourne.

When you are referred to a physio it's really important that you are sent to one that specialises in shoulders. I go to a great physio at Olympic Park called Ian Macindoe.

It concerns me GPs are too quick to refer you to a specialist without doing the right scans.

Make sure that the surgeon you are seeing specialises in shoulders. They are one of the most difficult joints to treat and is imperative you have an experienced surgeon. I am seeing Greg Hoy in Melbourne and is fantastic.

Good luck and let us know how you go.

hopeful
08-03-2007, 03:33 PM
no shoulder strength suggests you have some rotator cuff tears, as they are the muscles u need to put your arms up. and the fact that its sore around the top of your shoulder sounds like you have a grade 1 ac joint tear. thats the acromium

i know a guy who has a similar injury as you described. it took him 8 months all up to get it back to 100% but evenutally it did. try swimming breast stroke as a physio exercise.

angieliu
08-03-2007, 08:40 PM
I agree it sounds like some rotator cuff related injury especially if it is hurting at the top of the shoulder.

I'd suggest you go and see a sports doctor to get it diagnosed. GPs are not trained to diagnose sports injuries and shoulder as I have found are very complex. There are so many muscles, nerves and arteries intertwined it can be hard to make a diagnosis like that. Physio can help. I found my physio through this forum and Henry Wajswelner is amazing.

I have also found as I sit at a desk all day long to actually minimise the use of my right shoulder which I injured. I've basically started to train myself to you my left hand instead for a lot of things.

Take care of your shoulder and make sure you get it checked out by a sports doctor. IT's also crucial that you see one who specialises in shoulders. I'm seeing Seamus Dalton in a weeks time and have heard very good things about him.

Ports
15-03-2007, 02:31 PM
Hi all,
Thanks for all your feedback it has been interesting. I had an MRI today so hopefully will know fairly soon what the damage is or hopefully isn't. Will keep you posted. Cheers Andrew