shoulder problem (itching sensation inside)

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  1. tuzar_AG400

    tuzar_AG400 New User

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    I have shoulder problem since the beginning of the year. I first felt it when I was serving hard and probably wasn't warmed up enough. The pain was not so severe and went away after a few serves. At that time I didn't feel any pain on groundstrokes.
    Last month I played tennis for 5 days in a row and my shoulder got worse. I began to feel slight pain when I was moving my hand ( lifting a bottle or shifting gears in my car). I thought that I probably have rotator cuff inflamation and decided to rest for some time.
    I rested only for one week and started to play tennis again ( I thought that my shoulder was OK already). It was a mistake and it became sore again. I was feeling pain not only when I serve but on groundstrokes too.
    Right now I haven't played for 2 weeks and my shoulder don't hurt on every day moves, but I feel constant itching ( the sensation is something like slight pain and itching inside my shoulder).
    Does anybody have an idea what this itching might be?
    I think I'll rest for a few days more and then to start playng gradually.
     
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  2. bronco_mba

    bronco_mba Rookie

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    No idea on the source of the itching.

    Have you tried anti-inflammatories (i.e. motrin) along with rest? Have you been to see a doctor about the shoulder pain? Did you suddenly start playing tennis again? Have you tried strengthening the muscles in the shoulder to see if that helps with the pain?

    I would never advise someone to continue playing through shoulder pain. Get the pain checked out by someone appropriately qualified.
     
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  3. tuzar_AG400

    tuzar_AG400 New User

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    Right now I'm applying only gels with Ibuprofen and some herbal lotion.
    I've never tried anti-inflammatory pills, because of the side effects.

    I know that playing through the pain can do much damage, so I decided to rest for some time. This weekend I'm going to SPA resort with some friends and I will try to play a little bit ( if there is no pain ).

    I don't know if this is a coincidence, but I felt pain for the first time when I strung my racket at higher tension.

    I'm using DUNLOP AEROGEl 400 , strung at 26 kg(57 lbs), stiffness RA 68.
     
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  4. bronco_mba

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    I thought Ibuprofen was an anti-inflammatory? If so, you're already taking one, though probably in a lower dose.

    Higher tension on the racquet strings could conceivably be the source of the pain, all other things equal/unchanged.

    I still recommend you go see the doc if you have pain this weekend.
     
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  5. coloskier

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    Yes, Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory. Here is a test for you to try. Hold a bottle of liquid at your side. Try to lift it straight out to your side. If it hurts, you've got a Rotator Cuff issue. Could be just inflamed, or could be torn. Either way, you should probably not play for at least two weeks, and keep up your water intake and take Advil/Motrin every 8 hours. Lastly, once you start hitting again, be sure to stretch thoroughly. Best stretch I've seen is to hold a towel between your hands in front of you. Raise it evenly up over your head and back down behind you, and return. As your shoulder becomes more flexible, decrease the distance between your hands.
     
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