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Old 04-30-2008, 05:56 PM   #1
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Question old shoulder problems not quite gone

Late August last year after waking up and not being able to move my arm for the pain, I got diagnosed with biceps tendonitis. They sent me on my merry way with a couple of exercises to prevent frozen shoulder, some pain medication and the advice to try and limit whatever the activity that caused the injury was (my restaurant job in my opinion).

In December I left that job so thought that the lack of constant stress on the joint and muscles would allow my shoulder to finish healing and be back to normal. 4 months later, it is a lot better but still not back to the way it was before the injury.

Riding my bike causes some aggravation, as does yoga/ aerobics (well, only positions that move or stress that joint of course). I try to limit these but still like to stay active so they're not cut out 100%. Gentle stretching is often uncomfortable, though not painful. Even sleeping on that side can cause a flare up.

The pain from these things is not so great that it interferes with other activities but I would still like to know if there is anything I can do to help it heal back to the way it was - I miss riding and working out (and it's my favourite side to sleep on!)!!!

Heat and ice therapy doesn't seem to help, feels good for the time it is being applied and that's about it. Also, I'm not one to jump on NSAIDs or other pain/ anti-infammatory medication if I can help it.

Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-30-2008, 06:26 PM   #2
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Re: old shoulder problems not quite gone

I have a shoulder impingement that also led to bicep tendonitis last year. PT helped some. They did some ultrasound, massage and stim as well as the heat and ice. Last december I had a Cortizone shot. That worked wonders in reducing the inflamation. I went months with no bicep pain. I would see a shoulder specialist if you can so they can guide you on your best course of action.

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