I took a fall about 3 years ago while bombing hills on a skateboard. Don't ask why a then 42 year old would be doing that but I do it. Anyway, I fell on grass, and I braced myself for the fall and heard a loud, wet, squeek and then a pop. I got up and checked myself out and saw no apparent damage. I went home and looked at myself in the mirror and noticed my right shoulder was now lower than the left when in a relaxed state. Also now there was a pronounced bump there too. Naturally I kept my mouth shut so as not to draw the wrath of my wife. Stupid, I know. Fast forward 3 years, I have this bump, my shoulder is crunchy, and I've lost some mobility in the joint. Last year I mentioned it to my orthopedist whom I was seeing for a torn tendon in my elbow and he said it was minor and let it go at that. It's gotten worse. Now I can't swim without pain, Incline presses at the gym hurt too much, and lifting at work is painful. I'm a granite fabricator. Is there anything that can be done for it? I do excercises with 5 lb dumbells prior to my workout and that seems to help a little, but it's only temporary. I've been on Naproxin for 7 months for my elbow and that helped a little though I stopped taking it for fear of liver damage. Any help would be appreciated. I am very active and this is really having an effect on my life. I can't even have a good stretch without it barking at me.
On the top of my shoulder. Like where a parrot would sit if I were a pirate. Aaargh!
How did you land when you fell, outstretched arm or tip of shoulder. From your description you may have a acomioclavicular joint subluxation
type 11. Is your pain only at the site of the bump. Try this, bring the arm across your chest and have the opposite hand squeeze the arm further over the chest.
So Demetri, I would amagine you have a acromioclavicular joint subluxation probably type 11. Possibly a type 111 in which you would expect a tear of the acromioclavicular ligament and an additional tear of the coracoclavicular ligaments. Rarely, a fracture of the distal end of the clavicle can emulate the ligament tears. Whether surgery is any better than putting up with it I dont know. A lot depends on your line of work I suppose.
Thanks for the response, James. As it is im dealing with an elbow surgery that didn't work. Im a little nervous about any more surgery. I think im going to make an appointment with the doctor to look st this anyway.
You should have had an MRI of the area to correctly diagnose the injury. This type of scan does not involve radiation but defines an injury better. I suggest that you don't leave it as it could turn out to be a lifetime of tendinosis if not take care of it surgically. Good healthcare is easier than trying to hide something that hurts your ego.
Im going to try setting my ego aside and make that appointment to see the ortho. Funny thing though, I did my chest routine Sunday with barely any problems. I have some Mobic, I was afraid to use it for the side effects but I tried it and it has made a difference.