| | Dystrophy of shoulder and back muscles due to stress
About a year ago during my senior year at university I sustained a painful back injury due to stress and overuse. At the time I was studying full time and working three odd jobs amounting to part time work. In addition, I was swimming c. 10,000m per week - a ridiculous regimen I believed was healthy at the time. I was sleeping very little at night, and on weekends I would drink moderately.
For a few years I had been troubled in my sleep by a tendency to sleep on top of my arms, restricting blood flow and causing them to go numb. I sustained nerve damage to my right shoulder in the past, but had since recovered.
All of a sudden my right shoulder seized up and I experienced a great deal of pain. I could hardly use my right arm, the pain was so bad. I stopped swimming altogether and focused on getting the pain under control. A few months later I looked in the mirror and noticed that my right shoulder was significantly weaker than the left. The muscles effected are the trapezius, teres minor and teres major. The infraspinatus could also be harmed.
Since then I have not swam for exercise. I do not experience pain, only slight discomfort from time to time. My right arm cannot perform all the functions my left arm can. The muscles in my right shoulder and back are visibly degenerated.
I assume nerve damage was done and that the muscles have dystrophied. What can I do to regenerate the muscles and regain full use of my arm and shoulder?
Please send your advice.