shoulder injured bicycle crash question

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  1. tennis forlife

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    Went down hard. Shoulder is sore. When playing tennis, some shots out of reach really hurt while most are okay. Do I need to rest the shoulder, fully recover, before playing? By playing am I prolonging recovery and/or information aggravating the injury? Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. ollinger

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    get a diagnosis before deciding how it should be treated.....forlife
     
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  3. PhxRacket

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    I agree that you should seek diagnoses. I am in a similar boat and waiting for an appointment. I saw the sports doctor where I work (local high school) and was told that I needed to see my doctor and take it from that point to others. Good luck. FWIW, my pain is intermittent.
     
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    As with all such injuries, it is advisable to rest until the injury heals.

    For all you know, you fractured and/or tore something.
     
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  5. RogueFLIP

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    IMO I think your best best is to see a physical therapist if you live in a state that has direct access and allows you to see one without the referral of a physician.

    The PT can do a comprehensive evaluation and can determine and refer out to a MD if they think imaging is necessary (MRI, X-ray, etc).

    They can palpate the soft tissue and bones, check for imbalances and restrictions which may contribute to your pain.

    And they can treat you right then and there, show you some stretches/exercises that may be able to reduce your symptoms. They can watch you while you perform activities and can make adjustments/modifications if necessary.

    They can give you a very good idea of what you did to yourself and how you should go about (or not) with your tennis from there...

    Best bang for your buck....see a PT....you can still also make an appt for the Doc if you want, but you'll probably be able to get a few sessions in before your MD appt.

    Either way....get it checked out!

    Good luck.
     
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  6. LeeD

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    See doc, but think this one thru....
    You INJURED yourself, right?
    So, aren't you now more prone to further injury because the injured part cannot protect itself or any other tendon, ligament, or muscle around it?
    You are no more susceptible to further injury......
     
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  7. tennis forlife

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    Thank you kindly for the replies. I have yet to be treated and continue to play, perhaps regrettably. Also, I do daily E-cises, but can no longer manage reverse arm circles due to pain and become quite uncomfortable doing boardwork while teaching. In fact, it hurts to pour wine while seated. Alas, I plan to see the local doctor and rest starting next week.
     
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  8. RogueFLIP

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    Your body was telling you something....you chose not to listen to it, so now it seems like it's screaming louder so you hear it clearer.

    Glad to hear you're planning on seeing the doctor and I wish you a speedy recovery.
     
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  9. tennis forlife

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    Thank you. I appreciate that. Just played three sets and it feels better than ever. Not sure I will go to the doctor now. From the start I felt it was bruised, as opposed to torn, so I reckoned I could keep playing. In fact, it has helped me to concentrate on better form to avoid pain, as it seems when I am going for shots I can't get is when it hurts. As a result, I am more focused on using my feet and it is helping me. Yeah, today I had a tough first set and fought hard to win 7-5. Then played two more sets and hardly experienced any discomfort at all. So far my reluctance to see a doctor and keep playing is working out, at least that's how I feel now after playing three hours this morning.
     
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  10. RogueFLIP

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    Well, you sounded like you were in agony in your other posts...

    But if you're feeling better, then that's all that counts!!

    Play on! :)
     
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  11. tennis forlife

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    My bad. I was never in agony. Thanks, everyone!
     
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  12. tennis forlife

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    I take it back. At times I was in agony. Absolutely. Today too when I was playing foursquare on a couple of shots. Sure. Big time. Also, I can't manage reverse-direction arm circles. No way. Is that any indication of what I have done?
     
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  13. Chas Tennis

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    I've heard of impacts causing labrum damage.

    A labrum injury story, read Reply #23 on.
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=446105&highlight=posture+guy+labrum

    If you have an unknown injury stop stressing it and see a Dr.
     
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  14. tennis forlife

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    Finally went to the doctor. He suspects soft tissue damage. Seems like it is takinf forever to get better.
     
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  15. RogueFLIP

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    Not to sound like a wise ***, but I guess you answered your own question, eh?

    Doctor "suspects" soft tissue injury huh? Well, that's nice. What is the MD going to do about it?

    My suggestion to see a PT still stands.

    Speedy recovery, bud.
     
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  16. Caesir

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    Soft tissue injury is a bit vague. That could mean anything from a slight muscle contusion to extensive rotator cuff damage. There's a big difference...if you have a relatively normal range of motion and no bone fractures, physio would probably be the best choice for you. If your shoulder's ROM is severely limited (can't elevate shoulder anteriorly up to 90 degrees due to lack of strength), you might want to consider seeing a specialist. Depending on your age and in what position you injured your shoulder, the injuries may vary. A regular muscle contusion should heal fairly quickly (in weeks). More severe injuries may include labral tears and possible shoulder instability later on if you're under 30 and rotator cuff tears if you're over 30, but these injuries usually require your arm to be extended or a direct hit to the front or back of the shoulder, but not the side. Just my 2 cents. Hope that helps and hope your shoulder heals up soon.
     
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  17. charliefedererer

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    What kind of doctor did you see?

    Most primary care physicians have little experience with shoulder injuries. The fact that you are still able to play tennis may be evidence that the problem is not "that serious". "Soft tissue injury" is very vague, as the above two posts indicate.

    But it is still bothering you, and seeing an orthopod who takes care of a lot of throwing athletes would be worth it to see what the problem is, if you haven't already.
     
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