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Shoulder still in bad shape

While helping new mountain bike people at Harris Lake with swindunbar (12 Sep 2009) I took a spill while going down a steep dip and went head first into the ground. I broke my fall mainly with my right arm over my head. Took off several layers of skin near my elbow about the size of a half-dollar coin. It wasn't until the next day that I noticed a lot of pain in my shoulder right in the socket.

While the pain got better during the next week, it hit a point where it would heal no longer. However, my trip to Seattle prevented me from making a trip to the doctor to check things out. Last week I made it to the doctor and she thinks I've messed something up in my rotator cuff. She does not believe I broke anything otherwise I would be in a lot more pain all of the time. She recommended me for physical therapy starting on the 13th.

Right now I still have a hard time lifting my right hand over my head or putting it straight out and lifting up before the pain gets really intense. As soon as I relax it, all but 1% of the pain subsides. Sleeping has been challenging trying to find the right position that I can rest comfortably. Pushing up on it is particularly painful too, so I can only rollover in bed in one direction.


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Oct. 5th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)

I hope it's the "other" arm that you injured.
Oct. 5th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
I can use my right arm to do things as long as my elbow is not raised above my shoulder or reach behind my back. After weeks of this crap I'm getting tried of it and just want it better.
Oct. 5th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Damn that sucks Joe.
I tore my rotator cuff snow skiing years ago. Good luck with the physical therapy.
Oct. 5th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
How long did it take to heal and what was the treatment?
Oct. 5th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
I honestly don't remember. That was over 15 years ago. I went to see my brother who is a physical therapist for treatment.
Oct. 5th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Sounds like PT is the main method here. I need to work past the pain slowly to get the mobility back and break up the crud that's formed in that area from what I'm told.
Oct. 5th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
You know, I think you are like the third LJ friend of mine who has done something to a shoulder in the last month or so...ya'll need to take care of yourselves out there!
Oct. 5th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
Not good.

And I have a "tennis elbow" because of too much badminton. Go figure....
Oct. 5th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
...and this is why I don't exercise! I hope things heal quickly
Oct. 5th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Ahhh I've come close to really hurting my wrist a few times after a bad fall. I've actually been lucky.

Hugs and hope you heal fast.
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