|12-22-2012, 08:21 PM||#3|
Join Date: Apr 2012
To the OP, I myself also began dealing with a shoulder injury recently.
I started having pain in the outside deltoid area while serving and then usually at night after playing - especially while in bed when I would lift the blanket up.
I started reading and knew something was up - I went to an ortho and after a bunch of "oh its probably just some inflammation - here's a cortisone shot, get out of here..." - I went home knowing I shouldn't have gotten the shot. I knew any pain would be hidden. The doc said to start paying after a week and if I was good, great - see ya later. I knew there probably wouldn't be much pain after only a week since the cortisone would probably still be working. Though I have read its different for everyone.
After the week I gave it a go and playing was fine, serving was great. I took it easy and called the office and told them the pain was still there, I want an MRI.
Have the MRI done and what do you know, interstitial tearing of the supraspinatus and some nice bursitis. Go back to the ortho, only to have him look at MRI report and not the films. Great. Here's a PT script and out the door I go.
After some more reading, I knew with this type of tear - PT should be next. This is where I am now. Ive had 4 PT sessions - but no matter what, after the next 4-6 weeks, I will be seeing a new ortho.
PT for me, consists of electro stimulation (TENS unit I believe), ultrasound treatment, light weight/stretch band exercises. The PT recently applied some kinesiology tape. Here's a video on that:
I have also been doing stretch band exercises at home. Heres another video with some exercises and A LOT of good information:
Another thing I have found to help is checking your posture. You should always be standing straight because when you slouch - your shoulders naturally roll forward which is bad for impingement type injuries. Good posture will help keep your shoulders back, where they belong. Here's a good video on that:
I try to do that exercise whenever I can. Also stretching is very important.
I have started playing once a week and after the first few serves there is a slight ache/pain but once warmed up, the shoulder feels pretty good.
I hope with some time, more PT and some less playing time - I will get through it.
I wish you the best.
Last edited by ec51 : 12-22-2012 at 08:27 PM.