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    I haven't visited in a while. I'm almost 56, almost 20 years in as c-6-7 quad. I actually thought things would get easier but they're getting harder. My bowels don't work as good now i have this shoulder problem. I got a steroid shot when my left shoulder was acting up and it hasn't bothered me since. It feels just like my left did. It seems i saw a sports med. doc before, i really can't remember. I can't think of the name of that joint that goes bad in your shoulder but i think the steroid shot would fix me, I can't handle shoulder surgery at my age. Any suggestions on a doc? kld always helped me, i don't know if she's still here.

    #2
    WAY back before I started riding a handcycle, I was 'diagnosed' with chronic shoulder pain and got my first power chair~1998. I went to a gp and told him about the pain and movement limitations, he said roll in here and two minutes later was back with the shots for both shoulders. Wisely, I started range of motion and exercising them with light weights and thera bands. The shots worked for about a year but by then I had them stronger and a lot less pain. Get a gp or family doc, it's not like it's opiates. Then USE them and it gets better. 24 years t4... good to hear from you Rollin, youngster go to my FB page and look at the pics, been in the desert, off grid for 2 years


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      #3
      • KLD is still here. I would suggest an orthopedic shoulder specialist but I do not know one in your area. X-rays then injection is best route. In the meantime you could take NSAIDs such as Aleve or Tyelenol. A NSAID cream such as Voltaire’s or generic might be helpful if you have a PCP who would order until you see the ortho MD. CWO
      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        #4
        If you want REAL anti-inflammatory, make ginger root tea, WAY more effective than any pills and will NOT harm you like they do. Been drinking it daily for about 4-5 years. Excellent for your digestive system/easier bp

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          #5
          I a fan of KT tape (use skin prep, because it can irritate some peoples skin). I only use it at night to mask the pain so I can sleep. Tai Chi is a good exercise routine, gentle range of motion.

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            #6
            Do exactly as CAPN says. You need to exercise the back of the rotator cuff. It's not an easy muscle to exercise. Strap a weight to your palm and do like one of those lucky Cat statues. Every morning I'm waiting for the oatmeal to boil, I grab a soup can (couldn't be more than 2 or 3lbs) and I do 50 of those "lucky cat waves" with each arm. When I first started doing it, I couldn't get to 50, my cuffs were that weak. Now, at the gym, I can go to a weight rack and pull like 30lbs for 50 reps. Shoulder pain hasn't been an issue since I started.

            If you're wondering what the hell a lucky cat statue is, here is an example, so you can see the technique I'm talking about; do exactly as this cat statue does in this video:

            https://youtu.be/bIQSDL7hMvg
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              #7
              I'm elderly and I've been through shoulder issues, starting about 7 years ago. I'm just adding a few suggestions - I went to an osteopath 3 years ago originally, thinking she would do "manipulation" and I was totally wrong - she had me get an X-ray and it showed arthritis and bone spurs in the shoulder bothering me. She said I was "under medicating" myself and suggested over the counter such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, and prescription Diclofenac gel cream for my pain. I declined orthopedic surgeon referral, but she prescribed PT program.
              I completed a three month in home pt program - 3 times a week starting with very light stretching and range of motion. Then Therabands and very light hand weights.
              To update, I can no longer use even the lightest weights due to pain the next day. I occasionally use therabands, mainly forearms; I use a yard long wood "baton" (a 1" dowel from the hardware store). I have continued exercising about 3 times a week for up to 30 minutes. I focus these exercises on the things I must do for self-care: reaching, lifting legs for dressing (I dress in my chair), in addition to shoulder shrugs, bending to sides, light neck stretches.
              I have spent time watching chair exercise videos on YouTube - some too strenuous for me. I have googled the issue. In short I have compiled a list of about 20 exercises that I can choose from and safely do in my routine. The dowel provides some "fun" - it makes the exercising more interesting. I have a calendar where I log my time - it helps me stay focused on my need to continue exercising.

              My shoulder pain is pretty much under control. If I have a bad day, it's never as bad as it was, and I apply the gel or take the medication. I am now only using those remedies about bi-weekly or less.
              Shoulder care is so dang important. I can only say I recommend each person develop a customized exercise routine for themselves, avoiding any painful ones. I'll add that last year I had a medical setback and spent 30 days in hospital and rehab. center - I was totally worried about my shoulders but PT continued and actually inspired me.

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              • Tom2018
                Tom2018 commented
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                I am a T5 para about 5.5 years post injury and my shoulders (especially my right) are starting to lock up and get more painful. Not sure if this was the case with your shoulders, but they don't bother me as I do various activities such as handcycling or doing shoulder exercises, but they bother me significantly more the next day just doing random things like reaching for things in the kitchen.. I had MRIs and X-Rays and I do have arthritis in my right shoulder with a bone spur. So far the physical therapy exercises I have tried have bothered my shoulders more than they seem to have helped. That said, I have never been consistent in doing them.

                Could you elaborate on the different exercises you have found to work for you?

              #8
              Originally posted by triumph View Post
              I'm elderly and I've been through shoulder issues, starting about 7 years ago. I'm just adding a few suggestions - I went to an osteopath 3 years ago originally, thinking she would do "manipulation" and I was totally wrong - she had me get an X-ray and it showed arthritis and bone spurs in the shoulder bothering me. She said I was "under medicating" myself and suggested over the counter such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, and prescription Diclofenac gel cream for my pain. I declined orthopedic surgeon referral, but she prescribed PT program.
              I completed a three month in home pt program - 3 times a week starting with very light stretching and range of motion. Then Therabands and very light hand weights.
              To update, I can no longer use even the lightest weights due to pain the next day. I occasionally use therabands, mainly forearms; I use a yard long wood "baton" (a 1" dowel from the hardware store). I have continued exercising about 3 times a week for up to 30 minutes. I focus these exercises on the things I must do for self-care: reaching, lifting legs for dressing (I dress in my chair), in addition to shoulder shrugs, bending to sides, light neck stretches.
              I have spent time watching chair exercise videos on YouTube - some too strenuous for me. I have googled the issue. In short I have compiled a list of about 20 exercises that I can choose from and safely do in my routine. The dowel provides some "fun" - it makes the exercising more interesting. I have a calendar where I log my time - it helps me stay focused on my need to continue exercising.

              My shoulder pain is pretty much under control. If I have a bad day, it's never as bad as it was, and I apply the gel or take the medication. I am now only using those remedies about bi-weekly or less.
              Shoulder care is so dang important. I can only say I recommend each person develop a customized exercise routine for themselves, avoiding any painful ones. I'll add that last year I had a medical setback and spent 30 days in hospital and rehab. center - I was totally worried about my shoulders but PT continued and actually inspired me.
              Your post is pretty inspiring!

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                #9
                Have you had MRI of your shoulder diagnosing the problem?
                Have you had recommendations for surgery?
                It could be your AC joint? or rotator cuff injury?

                pbr

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                  #10
                  No pbr I haven't had an mri but my gp give me a steroid shot a couple months back which helped some but it's hurting again since i fell the other night. In my other post. Good to see ya on here Cap'n. been a long time buddy.

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                    #11
                    You probably need to see a good physiatrist or shoulder specialist orthopedist to get your shoulder evaluated, and do a trial of shoulder therapy with a good PT. Don't repeat the steroid injections; repeated ones can make you prone to tendon rupture.

                    (KLD)
                    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                    • rollin64
                      rollin64 commented
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                      You've always steered me right KLD. I got a shot in my left shoulder years ago from an orthopedist specialializing in sports medicine and it hasn't bothered me since. But I just got one in my right from my regular doc and I don't think he he got it right. I'm seeing an ortho special in sports now for my fractured tibial plateau. I was thinking of getting one from him since he knows what he's doing. The only thing is this right arm doesn't get a break. I'm right handed so I lean on and lie on this arm constantantly, it's killing me right now since I fell and tried to lift myself up putting to much pressure on it and people pull that arm to help me up from bed.

                    #12
                    Originally posted by rollin64 View Post
                    I haven't visited in a while. I'm almost 56, almost 20 years in as c-6-7 quad. I actually thought things would get easier but they're getting harder. My bowels don't work as good now i have this shoulder problem. I got a steroid shot when my left shoulder was acting up and it hasn't bothered me since. It feels just like my left did. It seems i saw a sports med. doc before, i really can't remember. I can't think of the name of that joint that goes bad in your shoulder but i think the steroid shot would fix me, I can't handle shoulder surgery at my age. Any suggestions on a doc? kld always helped me, i don't know if she's still here.
                    34 years now for me. i get my shoulders shot up when they get real bad. my joint is great, per my ortho, my issues are muscle issues. handcycling helps immensely.
                    Bike-on.com rep
                    John@bike-on.com
                    c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
                    sponsored handcycle racer

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                    • rollin64
                      rollin64 commented
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                      Yeah I'm 30 years John, right behind ya. My right shoulders really killing me me since i fell and trying to lift myself up. How often can ya get the shot? It's been over 6 months since the last. I'm thinking of getting one more from my ortho doc and exercicing it like y'all say.

                    #13
                    Every six months. It really does help normally I can do a shot or two and then not need any more for several years like I said for me hand cycling every day is definitely the key for my shoulder health when I try to take a week off here and there to rest My body I actually have a lot more pain
                    And moving to Florida has helped immensely just being in the warm weather year-round and being able to be outside cycling 365 days a year has been huge for me
                    Bike-on.com rep
                    John@bike-on.com
                    c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
                    sponsored handcycle racer

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                    • rollin64
                      rollin64 commented
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                      Where are you, in south Fla? I'm about 10 miles from the Fla line in south Ga. and it's freezing here, lol.

                    #14
                    People make that common mistake. If you want to rest don’t stop for more than 3 days, better to cut work out time some but not totally skip. After 3 days muscles etc.. start to deteriorate. CWO
                    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                      #15
                      he is south fl i am panhandle and its 41 and i am cold i hav not rode in a week to dam cold

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                      • rollin64
                        rollin64 commented
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                        same here.
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