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    Shoulder pain

    My right shoulder has been bothering me a little for the past few weeks. I decided yesterday that I should maybe start stretching and exercising, which I haven't done in months, and now today my shoulder hurts more.

    Here's what I'm wondering. I know that stretching and exercising is good, but is it only good when you're not already hurting? Should I try to use my shoulder as little as possible and then once it feels better, start up with the stretching?

    I'm not in a lot of pain. It only hurts a little at this point. Sometimes my hand feels a little numb.

    #2
    Well my PT says we shall be careful by doing exercises if it hurts (that means not just a little bit), he says by doing this the brain will recall the exercises with pain which is not a good thing. In your situation as you describes it I don’t think that is the situation. Exercises; you should also be careful by doing arm exercises above your shoulder level, not to much weight to be lifted above your shoulders if you are not familiar with that. That can cause more problems. If in doubt you should ask a PT or someone here on this site for such an exercise program. I do exercises with my arms over the shoulder level, but I have done it for a while and I am very careful about what I do.

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      #3
      ice it for a few days
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        #4
        Shannon - Do exercises that do not cause pain. Strengthen the muscles that are not being overused, this will help stabilize your shoulder and ease the burden on the muscles you are likely overusing.

        Take it real easy with what causes pain. Tendons to your shoulder fit between a narrow space. If they become inflamed then they are at risk for constantly being agitated by virtue of being a little too large. Then it becomes hard to get over the inflammation.
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          #5
          Ask your doctor or PT whether "Glucosamine Sulfate" would be an option for you. What Jeff said about tendons is right on the mark.
          I took the glucosamine for about a month before I noticed the improvements, it is not a "quick fix."
          Han Tacoma

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            #6
            Thera-bands work awesome for gently stretching ... I know my shoulders act up every once in a while. If it gets really bad, I take glucosamine-condroitin to help.

            I find heat works for me .. but whatever.
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              #7
              Definitely continue to stretch and take the exercise slowly. Try ice or heat to help with it. An Ibuprofen will also help the pain due to minor inflammation.

              If this is a chronic problem, Glucosamine has been known to help over time and in the long run.

              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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                #8
                Thanks very much everyone.

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                  #9
                  every crip should take gluco, great stuff
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                    #10
                    I know this is an old thread but my left shoulder is killing me. Constant throbbing pain but gets worse during transfers to the right, pressure lifts, and scooting down the bed (scooting up the bed hurts, too, but not as much as down). Any ideas what treatment I should try. Heat/ice? It's warm to the touch in one spot. Any exercise that might help strengthen the muscles that aren't hurting? Thanks.

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                      #11
                      Did this come on suddenly or has it gradually built up? If it happened suddenly, you may have torn or otherwise damaged the rotator cuff. if it happened suddenly, I would recommend that you have it checked out by a shoulder specialist. Immediately you can try taking an otc NSAID such as ibuprophen. Icing is the treatment of choice immediately following injury to help reduce swelling. At this point if either ice or heat make you more comfortable, use it.

                      Given the years post injury, you are likely experiencing shoulder deterioration due to wheeling, transfers, etc. which are hard on shoulders. They are not built to support the work of both arms and legs. You can improve your transfer technique possibly using a sliding board, and going to a power assist or power wheelchair at least for demanding situations. Below is a link to a guide to preserving your shoulders.

                      Some of us have gotten some relief from cortisone injections and you might discuss this if you see a physician. There are many CC threads addressing this all to common problem.

                      http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf
                      You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                      http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                      See my personal webpage @
                      http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                        #12
                        Thanks for this info. SCI 55yrs
                        Yes, it did come on suddenly. I fell asleep in my chair watching a movie one evening and think I must have been sitting in an awkward position. When I woke up the next morning (after finally going to bed) my shoulder was so stiff and sore I was unable to move it for a day or so. After 5 days the stiffness has now gone, but the throbbing remains and it still hurts when I move it as mentioned. It feels as if it's something other than just muscle soreness because most of the throbbing and heat to touch is in the joint area. I've been taking motrin and rubbing Arnica into it but by the end of each day it's still screaming sore.

                        I'll read through the link you sent me, and thanks so much for the response.

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                          #13
                          Jck77 - I hope you can have a physiatrist check your shoulder out, doesn't sound happy!

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                            #14
                            If the pain is not resolving, you should probably get it checked out. If you have a physiatrist, that should be your first choice. If you don't, I would recommend an orthopedic surgeon who does primarily shoulders.
                            CKF
                            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
                              i had to go to an orthopedic surgeon, there's no qualified physiatrists close by. i've got bursitis/tendonitis. they give me the shot that lasted a couple years.

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