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(yea, I know I'm a mess)

So about 3 1/2 years ago (mid Oct 2007?) I did something to my shoulder. I don't know exactly what, but it while it was on a crux of a climb, it wasn't weight-bearing (I made a swimming motion with my left hand which was free and my shoulder made a sound like a carcass being run over). This was just before a climbing trip so I probably aggravated whatever it was. Basically, it really hurt to pull back on holds to my left or above my head. It also hurts (seems to get inflamed) if I try to lift a weight over my head or attempt a headstand push-ups, which I could easily do 10 in a row prior to the injury. Also, my left shoulder visibly rests higher than my right.

I've tried some low-weight rotator cuff exercises but I really don't think they've done anything. My healthy weight is probably 145-155lb and I immediately dropped to 138lb and couldn't gain a pound for two years (which I partially attribute to not being able to work out). I've recently been able to gain a bit and my shoulder feels a tad stronger, but I think this is mainly due to learning how to avoid using those weak motions. It still rests higher than my right.

Has anyone heard of these symptoms before?


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anarkhos wrote:
(yea, I know I'm a mess)

So about 3 1/2 years ago (mid Oct 2007?) I did something to my shoulder. I don't know exactly what, but it while it was on a crux of a climb, it wasn't weight-bearing (I made a swimming motion with my left hand which was free and my shoulder made a sound like a carcass being run over). This was just before a climbing trip so I probably aggravated whatever it was. Basically, it really hurt to pull back on holds to my left or above my head. It also hurts (seems to get inflamed) if I try to lift a weight over my head or attempt a headstand push-ups, which I could easily do 10 in a row prior to the injury. Also, my left shoulder visibly rests higher than my right.

I've tried some low-weight rotator cuff exercises but I really don't think they've done anything. My healthy weight is probably 145-155lb and I immediately dropped to 138lb and couldn't gain a pound for two years (which I partially attribute to not being able to work out). I've recently been able to gain a bit and my shoulder feels a tad stronger, but I think this is mainly due to learning how to avoid using those weak motions. It still rests higher than my right.

Has anyone heard of these symptoms before?

I had elbow tendonitis three times, over 2 years. That was 9 years ago, haven't had it since. At the time, I was doing a ton, to much, lock off training and training one arm pull ups. I did some opposing muscle group training and stopped training lockoffs and one arms. No more elbow issues since. I climb harder now than I did then, I could do 2 one arms then, now I can do none. I only bring this up because you mentioned beaing able to easily do 10 + headstand pushups before the injury, I use to be able to do that in high school. They aren't easy, so I assume for you to be able to do 10+ you must have been doing them off and on over a period of time. This could have contributed to your shoulder injury, so stay away from powerful shoulder workouts.

I recently, for the first time, had my shoulders hurting, especially when lifter higher than my shoulder or on full extension moves, or when grabbing my seat belt.

Since then I've done light weight high rep 5 lb dumbells shoulder workouts 2-3 times a week combined with shoulder stretching every time I climb a few times each spread out over an hour.

Shoulders are fine now after a little over a month.

it should at least make a difference.


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You should probably go see a doctor and see what they have to say. (and should have before 3 1/2 years went by)


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Yea, I did see a doctor, and he was less than worthless.

LESS than worthless.


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anarkhos wrote:
Yea, I did see a doctor, and he was less than worthless.

LESS than worthless.

Did you have an MRI or a shoulder x-ray?

Demand it. Tell the hospital it just happened.

Say whatever gets the goal of getting it done.
They will probably hassle you in you don't have insurance. So once again say whatever gets you in.

Once its done, it will have a report that will say what your shoulder injury is from. You can get a copy of that report.

Don't push your shoulder in positions that cause additional pain. A sling may be helpful.
Good Luck


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The fact that your problem side rests higher than your right would indicate that your cuff on that side is relatively weak. You may be dealing with an impingement. If this is the case, as you make overhead movements, tissues get "pinched" which causes pain.

I think you should be doing lots of rc strengthening and scapular stabilization. Keep in mind that it takes a long time to get the shoulder to sit correctly in the socket again.

I also think you should be evaluated by a shoulder specialist to get a proper diagnosis (the crunching sound doesn't sound good). So long as you don't have a major tear or other functional issue, then find a good physical therapist and get to work.


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Anarkhos- did you see an orthopedist? If no, I WOULD insist on a referral since you feel your initial visit was useless. If it was an orthopedist I might suggest trying to find another one, potentially one with some experience/expertise with sports injuries.

I would hold off on demanding imaging studies until you see a competent orthopedist. This is especially true if you are uninsured.


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I went back and edited out my replies to Enigma. While I still stand by them 100%, they were detracting from what could be a productive thread about a fellow climber's shoulder injury. Trying to do my part to reduce the noise (even if my first attempt did the opposite...). My replies are still quoted by Enigma, which if she deems it necessary to keep up, is fine. However, I hope she too sees how we've undermined the thread, and gets rid of the unproductive noise...


As to anarkhos- sounds like you have a lot going on right now, and maybe not a lot of ways to get things done. I think finding a place that could help streamline your care would be ideal, though I don't know how probable that is. If you have other questions, hopefully some of the more experienced on this site can help.

Where are you located now? Honestly, the best help may be if anybody here has suggestions for a local doc/PA/NP or clinic that would be amenable to helping out...


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I believe someone who is a U.S citzen that is injured and needs medical attention should not be denied.

That's interesting. Well, not really. An irrelevant too.

Umm, maybe you didn't thoroughly read, or comprehend the OP's post.

He DID get medical attention. He found it unsatisfactory, but he DID get quick medical attention.

NO ONE ever got better because he or she had an MRI. An MRI shows the anatomy, but DOES NOT tell you what is causing the pain. For example, a shoulder joint MRI in this case might show, (say), rotator cuff tendinitis, or even a partial tear. But it is possible that the actual symptoms could be caused by, (say), a herniated cervical disc, or a brachial plexus injury.

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen patients who had IDENTICAL symptoms post-operatively, when the surgeon did surgery based solely or mostly due to an MRI. The anatomical problem seen on MRI was repaired, but the PAIN was caused by something else. It's pretty common.

Do yourself a favor. Google "MRI false positive" (and false negative)

That said, MRIs are great. Wonderful. But they need to be used with clinical testing, manual muscle testing, and really good interviewing skills to determine exactly "where the pain is coming from".


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onceahardman wrote:
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I believe someone who is a U.S citzen that is injured and needs medical attention should not be denied.

That's interesting. Well, not really. An irrelevant too.

Umm, maybe you didn't thoroughly read, or comprehend the OP's post.

He DID get medical attention. He found it unsatisfactory, but he DID get quick medical attention.

NO ONE ever got better because he or she had an MRI. An MRI shows the anatomy, but DOES NOT tell you what is causing the pain. For example, a shoulder joint MRI in this case might show, (say), rotator cuff tendinitis, or even a partial tear. But it is possible that the actual symptoms could be caused by, (say), a herniated cervical disc, or a brachial plexus injury.

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen patients who had IDENTICAL symptoms post-operatively, when the surgeon did surgery based solely or mostly due to an MRI. The anatomical problem seen on MRI was repaired, but the PAIN was caused by something else. It's pretty common.

Do yourself a favor. Google "MRI false positive" (and false negative)

That said, MRIs are great. Wonderful. But they need to be used with clinical testing, manual muscle testing, and really good interviewing skills to determine exactly "where the pain is coming from".



You could just be helpful and offer even an X-ray or a clinic where he could go.
Maybe he needs an MRI , but whatever.
It seems like you are in a position to give back. Now is the time.
Obviously you are or were a doctor, and he needs help.
I'm sure you can P.M him and offer some help to this rockclimber who has suffered for 3 1/2 yrs.
Hasn't he endured enough pain ?Frown


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I don't get sharp pains in my shoulder anymore, but it does get fatigued (or inflamed?) easily.

Part of the problem is I'm always on the road and don't really have a home base. Right now I'm in Zion, for example.

Sorry to be such a case. I haven't had good experiences with doctors and usually just try to let my body heal itself.


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You mentioned above that you "tried" some rotator cuff (RC) exercises a few years ago.

RC strengthening is very specific and targeted. It needs to be done EXACTLY correctly, and often in a very dedicated fashion, for a long time (months, rather than days), in order to judge whether it is effective or not.

That is why sports med doctors refer these patients for PT, rather than just handing out a sheet of exercises. They must be done right.

That said, there is much to be said for the "let your body heal itself" approach. The normal state of a health body is healing. But 3.5 years later, you could probably use some help.

Get some skilled hands and eyes on your problem. Find a good PT who treats athletes. If you don't have insurance, then pay privately for a few visits. Most PTs are pretty nice people who like helping others, but they also make their living with their brain, eyes, and hands, and deserve some compensation, same as anybody else.


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enigma wrote:

You could just be helpful and offer even an X-ray or a clinic where he could go.
Maybe he needs an MRI , but whatever.
It seems like you are in a position to give back. Now is the time.
Obviously you are or were a doctor, and he needs help.
I'm sure you can P.M him and offer some help to this rockclimber who has suffered for 3 1/2 yrs.
Hasn't he endured enough pain ?Frown

Enigma, you seem to have all kinds of ideas about what other people should be doing.

I help people on a daily basis to feel better, and to have improved function. Usually, I even get paid for it, but often, I do it pro bono, either at my private practice, or on this website, or a couple others. Take a quick look through the injury forum over the past few years, at the posts I've done, and the people I've helped here, all for free.

If you don't like it, you are free to go to med school, or PT school, and offer your own free advice. You can even get a 2 year PTA degree at a community college, and offer sound advice.

"Hasn't he endured enough pain"? Please. Spare me the bleeding heart.


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onceahardman wrote:
enigma wrote:

You could just be helpful and offer even an X-ray or a clinic where he could go.
Maybe he needs an MRI , but whatever.
It seems like you are in a position to give back. Now is the time.
Obviously you are or were a doctor, and he needs help.
I'm sure you can P.M him and offer some help to this rockclimber who has suffered for 3 1/2 yrs.
Hasn't he endured enough pain ?Frown

Enigma, you seem to have all kinds of ideas about what other people should be doing.

I help people on a daily basis to feel better, and to have improved function. Usually, I even get paid for it, but often, I do it pro bono, either at my private practice, or on this website, or a couple others. Take a quick look through the injury forum over the past few years, at the posts I've done, and the people I've helped here, all for free.

If you don't like it, you are free to go to med school, or PT school, and offer your own free advice. You can even get a 2 year PTA degree at a community college, and offer sound advice.

"Hasn't he endured enough pain"? Please. Spare me the bleeding heart.

This bears repeating. Truly, Thank You. Not entirely sure how many people realize/appreciate that when you give advice on here it really is pro bono work, in the end.


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Thanks, altelis. I don't help people for any accolades, and it's kind of embarrassing to be singled out. Thanks though.

It does bother me, though, when people seem to suggest doctors should work for free.

Why isn't free plumbing, or electrical work, or house painting, something that all American citizens should get for free if they can't afford it?

I wonder if enigma works for free, or if she thinks all Americans are entitled to her skills (whatever they may be) for free?


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I don't think (most) people believe doctors should work for free. I think they (many) resent a system of 3rd parties taking their money and not delivering results.

What I WOULDN'T do for a healthy shoulder. Unfortunately, health care is mostly based on faith and mysticism.

A cash based system? Bring it on!


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anarkhos wrote:
I don't think (most) people believe doctors should work for free. I think they (many) resent a system of 3rd parties taking their money and not delivering results.

What I WOULDN'T do for a healthy shoulder. Unfortunately, health care is mostly based on faith and mysticism.

A cash based system? Bring it on!

I know lots of PTs. I don't know any PTs in private practice who don't take cash.

I don't speak for anyone but me, but I engage in evidence-based practice. That's not to say I get everybody better (NO ONE does), but I do have sound clinical reasoning behind what I do.

Sometimes when you expect failure, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.


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Thanks, altelis. I don't help people for any accolades, and it's kind of embarrassing to be singled out. Thanks though.

It does bother me, though, when people seem to suggest doctors should work for free.

Why isn't free plumbing, or electrical work, or house painting, something that all American citizens should get for free if they can't afford it?

I wonder if enigma works for free, or if she thinks all Americans are entitled to her skills (whatever they may be) for free?

Yes, I have given people free advice in the field I'm trained and have a profession in.
You are a doctor and I would hope a decent human being,( and would hope would help this rockclimber if he needed help with his shoulder injury.)
I do think the medical system in the U.S falls short especially considering illegal immigrants and their anchor babies get free health care versus U.S citzens born here.
I am also personally aware of many medical students from abroad, and minorities that not only get a free ride for medical school but are accepted with MCAT scores 30 percent below other applicants.
Onceahardman , pro-bono to work to help a fellow rockclimber would have been a good-natured act of kindness.
I'm fairly certain you could have easily afford to do.
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enigma wrote:
onceahardman wrote:
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Thanks, altelis. I don't help people for any accolades, and it's kind of embarrassing to be singled out. Thanks though.

It does bother me, though, when people seem to suggest doctors should work for free.

Why isn't free plumbing, or electrical work, or house painting, something that all American citizens should get for free if they can't afford it?

I wonder if enigma works for free, or if she thinks all Americans are entitled to her skills (whatever they may be) for free?

Yes, I have given people free advice in the field I'm trained and have a profession in.
You are a doctor and I would hope a decent human being,( and would hope would help this rockclimber if he needed help with his shoulder injury.)
I do think the medical system in the U.S falls short especially considering illegal immigrants and their anchor babies get free health care versus U.S citzens born here.
I am also personally aware of many medical students from abroad, and minorities that not only get a free ride for medical school but are accepted with MCAT scores 30 percent below other applicants.
Onceahardman , pro-bono to work to help a fellow rockclimber would have been a good-natured act of kindness.
I'm fairly certain you could have easily afford to do.
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All of your points are unresponsive to anything I've said.

Also, I already have provided advice to the OP above. In case you missed it, here it is again:

onceahardman wrote:
You mentioned above that you "tried" some rotator cuff (RC) exercises a few years ago.

RC strengthening is very specific and targeted. It needs to be done EXACTLY correctly, and often in a very dedicated fashion, for a long time (months, rather than days), in order to judge whether it is effective or not.

That is why sports med doctors refer these patients for PT, rather than just handing out a sheet of exercises. They must be done right.

That said, there is much to be said for the "let your body heal itself" approach. The normal state of a health body is healing. But 3.5 years later, you could probably use some help.

Get some skilled hands and eyes on your problem. Find a good PT who treats athletes. If you don't have insurance, then pay privately for a few visits. Most PTs are pretty nice people who like helping others, but they also make their living with their brain, eyes, and hands, and deserve some compensation, same as anybody else.

My opinion is, he needs to have someone who knows what he or she is doing to look at this. That is exactly the advice I have provided.


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Maybe you could be that someone to take a look at his shoulder injury.
That would be a altruistic act of kindness to a fellow rockclimber who has been on the road for years with pain. Angelic


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Enigma, you are so busy trying to derail this thread with ill-informed spray about the medical system in this country. All it serves to do is take away from the purpose of this thread- almost like those "anchor babies" and real medical care, huh?

Please, if you want to continue your "discussion" of the medical system, take it to the Soapbox or Community.

Your unrelated and uninformed ranting have blinded you to the fact that there is good and productive advice being given in this very thread.


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I guess in your world, I should by people plane tickets from Oregon to New York so I can treat them pro bono.

I kindly suggest you knock it off.


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Where in Oregon Cool


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onceahardman wrote:
I guess in your world, I should by people plane tickets from Oregon to New York so I can treat them pro bono.

I kindly suggest you knock it off.



Maybe he can drive, he is on the road.

Unless of course you stopped practicing medicine, which I'm thinking may be the case.


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What happened to the rest of the thread?!?!

EDIT (X2): Cheers Lena!


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I reported posts from enigma, though it seems the baby went out with the bathwater.

To the mod that responded; unfortunately onceahardman responded to enigma's statements. However, his posts had useful information and advice to the OP.

edited due to lena's respone.


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Sorry, my bad. I accidently recycled too big a chunk of the thread and can't undo it easily, but someone else can. Useful posts will be restored shortly.


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Thanks lena. Accidents happen!


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mea culpa for troll feeding.

I get caught up sometimes. Thanks ahead of time for restoring the useful stuff.


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OK, enigma - you're out of Injury Treatment and Prevention for the next two weeks. If you want to continue on your latest bug-bear, take it up in the Soapbox.


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I agree with the other post that it sounds like you have impingement. Google "impingement shoulder shrug". Your upper trap is probably compensating.

(Me: spent the last year seeking treatment for my shoulder. I'm now 3 weeks post surgery for impingement and frozen shoulder.)

My advice: while you are getting diagnosed and treated, do not stop moving within your comfortable range, i.e. below overhead reaching. Do conscious stretching every day. In other words, do not listen to the person who said put your arm in a sling. Reason: you could start forming adhesions as you consciously or subconsciously try to protect your shoulder. And that would be adding a huge problem on top of your current problem in the form of lessening range of motion, greater pain, and less sleep.

Good luck!


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rockgirlCO wrote:
I agree with the other post that it sounds like you have impingement. Google "impingement shoulder shrug". Your upper trap is probably compensating.

Hm, googling that doesn't show any hits for a "shrug" as a symptom, only as an exercise.

I've tried my best not to overcompensate, like over-using my other shoulder. I haven't used a sling since say a month after the incident. It bothers me mainly if I do something like lift a heavy object over my head a few times. Not all pushing-up motions seem to inflame it, either. Tiger push-ups aren't that bad, for example.

I did rc exercises 2-3 times a week for about 6mo, but slacked off recently because they didn't seem to help. I first used small weights (bottled water) then rubber tubing with handles. Basically 20 reps of four positions—elbow straight out (back against a wall) pulling up then down, then elbow tucked next to ribs pulling left then right.


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If we make the assumption that you performed the RC exercises exactly correctly (and I have no way of knowing, one way or the other),, then we are left with several other possibilities...

A) you did not, at the same time, avoid aggravating activities, like overhead motions, handstand push-ups, etc. This is common, especially in athletes. They will often continue to "test" to see if they can perform motions which aggravate the injury.

B) You have sustained damage to another part of the shoulder joint. Please research "SLAP lesion".

I'd like to point out that just because you were dissatisfied with the care you received, it does not mean western medicine is based on faith and mysticism, as you said in the thread pre-erasure.


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A) After my post-injury climbing trip, I didn't lift anything except a clipboard for six months (while campaigning). I didn't climb or work out. I would say I did nothing to aggravate my injury, but holding the clipboard did hurt.

B) My symptoms haven't changed in type, only severity. I'm not disagreeing with you, but nothing seems to have changed except I can hold a clipboard without pain.

As for faith and mysticism, it takes a great deal of faith to pay up front for 'treatment' which may or may not work (and may in fact make things worse), and while western medicine may have less mysticism than, say, homeopathy, I don't know what other term so aptly describes both the lack of humility and self-delusion of our modern day sooth sayers who prescribe (dictate) what's best for all of us. Surely a bigger problem in psychiatry than orthopedics, so I'll withdraw my charge of mysticism and try to have a bit more faith.


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anarkhos wrote:
A) After my post-injury climbing trip, I didn't lift anything except a clipboard for six months (while campaigning). I didn't climb or work out. I would say I did nothing to aggravate my injury, but holding the clipboard did hurt.

B) My symptoms haven't changed in type, only severity. I'm not disagreeing with you, but nothing seems to have changed except I can hold a clipboard without pain.

As for faith and mysticism, it takes a great deal of faith to pay up front for 'treatment' which may or may not work (and may in fact make things worse), and while western medicine may have less mysticism than, say, homeopathy, I don't know what other term so aptly describes both the lack of humility and self-delusion of our modern day sooth sayers who prescribe (dictate) what's best for all of us. Surely a bigger problem in psychiatry than orthopedics, so I'll withdraw my charge of mysticism and try to have a bit more faith.

A) So immediately following the first injury, you never tested to see if overhead motions hurt, and also immediately commenced a program of perfect-form rotator cuff exercise, 2-3 times weekly,(not necessarily "low weight") and for six months, never lifted anyting heavier than a clipboard? HONESTLY?

B) I'm not suggesting you suffered a second injury. I am suggesting your first injury may have been more severe than you first realized. Otherwise, you'd have healed by now.

I'll be the first to admit there is both an art and a science to healing. That still doesn't make it mystical. Let's approach this in a systematic way.


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A) I didn't perform the exercises until much later. I can see how I was misunderstood: the first six months did not co-inside with the second.

I didn't lift anything heavier than a clipboard for six months after the climbing trip. HONESTLY!

B) I don't doubt the injury was severe. I don't profess to have the slightest clue what the injury could be, or how a typical healing pattern would look like. The doc gave me a cortisone shot and basically brushed aside any concerns I had that it was severe and could possibly need any other form of remedy. All the shot did was make my delt hurt like hell for a few days.

So, yea, I guess I won't be seeing him again Unsure


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I don't know about you, but my jeans weigh three times as much as my clipboard. Likewise, a gallon of milk. A load of laundry might be 10x more than a clipboarrd.

So anyway, when did you begin RC strengthening, and exacltly where did you learn how to do it? You sort of described what you did above,but it's hard to picture exactly what you did. Were you taught hands-on, by a professional PT or athletic trainer, with a set-rep scheme, and a mechanism of progression?


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Sorry I guess "shrug" wasn't a good google term. It is what the doc will see as a symptom as you raise your arm. Your shoulder will appear to "shrug", i.e. raise up abnormally to compensate for impingement. You probably can see it in a mirror if you have it. Not that knowing you have it helps anything more than give you an idea of a diagnosis.


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Sorry I should have posted this months ago but the news was kinda depressing.

So the docs did a bunch of tests and said I had a dent in my cartilage and the only thing they could offer was a cortisone shot.


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In 2009, I strained the anterior musculature of my right shoulder while climbing. The strains were deep enough to cause pain and interfere with my desire to climb. For me I have found stretching, active stress management, and massage therapy to be the best method for pain management. This is what worked for me and it may not work for everyone.


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That sounds kinda like a slipped rotary cuff. Try going to a chiropractor. I have a slipped cuff due to an old injury and I was able to get noticeable help from a good chiropractor. It does take a few weeks of therapy before you notice a difference. But it's well worth it.

Good luck :)


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GeorgiaNorse wrote:
That sounds kinda like a slipped rotary cuff. Try going to a chiropractor. I have a slipped cuff due to an old injury and I was able to get noticeable help from a good chiropractor. It does take a few weeks of therapy before you notice a difference. But it's well worth it.

Good luck :)

Could you please explain what a "slipped rotary cuff" is?


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In 1976 we were putting up an overhanging line since uprated to 5.12 that required a significant lunge up, out, and high to the right. My partner was sticking it and I wasn't and tore my left shoulder up by not releasing the left hand hold fast enough when I fell. I finally had to stop climbing altogether for six months for it to heal.

It's still bugged me on and off and I've basically avoided levering anything way out left but otherwise I've learn to live with it and its periodic flare ups. Or at least I did until 2003 when I inadvertently reproduced the original lunge in the gym with predictable results.

The ortho I went to required clear xrays and an MRI to sort it out and where I hoped it would be a matter of 'fixing' something like a rotator cuff, he instead said it was more a matter of mileage and if worse came to worse he could 'clean it out' for me. He also said he's done shoulder replacements on shoulders like mine and other patients with the same shoulder just take an advil and get on with things. I'm in the latter camp until something serious happens as I can still climb hard with it the way it is.

My injury may not be the same, but the ortho guy made clear he wanted both xrays and MRI and wanted them clear so it took a couple of goes at each to satisfy him.


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