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    Old 03-13-2017, 07:02 AM   #1
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    Hi there,

    I have played club league tennis to a good standard every winter and summer since I was 15 (I am now 38) and in Dec 15 I started getting a nagging pain in the front of my shoulder/top of the bicep when serving. I rested it and then went back to league in Jan 16 but had to give up league a month later as i just couldn't serve properly.

    I played socially once a week (not serving properly) and saw a physio in about May time for some sessions. I kept playing and doing the exercises he suggested but had to give up the game completely in Sept 16 as the pain came when i hit every stroke, not just overhead.

    Since then I have seen a chiro and that didn't work, then a manipulative therapist (which, when I walked out of there I was pain free but it slowly came back about four days later and then got back to square one).

    I then went to my GP and he said it sounded like a partial tear and he put me on a waiting list for free physio (for which i am still waiting). Then I saw an osteo for some sessions and that didn't help.

    Then in January this year I paid privately for a scan on my shoulder and it came back that there were no tears, just inflammation and possible frozen shoulder symptoms. Since then up to now I have been having electric/laser treatment on my shoulder but it hasn't got any better at all. It now hurts at my elbow too.

    (also, just to give another idea of how my arm is, I used to play darts and now when i try and throw a dart at the board at the last split second before i release the dart my arm goes from straight to my left so, even though I am trying to throw straight the dart hits the wall on the left side of the board)

    In fact, the pain is now appearing in my opposite shoulder, and I don't know why!

    I have spent at least a couple of grand (money i really don't have) on this and appear to be no nearer to a solution.

    The pain I get doing everyday things isn't too bad (driving, itching my back) and is something I can put up with - I am just desperate to get back to playing tennis again as it's the only sport I do and I obviously really really enjoy it.

    Has anyone got any suggestions on my next step, or do i need to come to terms with the fact that I will never play tennis again??

    Thanks, any help would be much appreciated.

     
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    Old 03-13-2017, 07:32 AM   #2
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    Re: shoulder and upper arm pain

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    Hi there,

    I have played club league tennis to a good standard every winter and summer since I was 15 (I am now 38) and in Dec 15 I started getting a nagging pain in the front of my shoulder/top of the bicep when serving. I rested it and then went back to league in Jan 16 but had to give up league a month later as i just couldn't serve properly.

    I played socially once a week (not serving properly) and saw a physio in about May time for some sessions. I kept playing and doing the exercises he suggested but had to give up the game completely in Sept 16 as the pain came when i hit every stroke, not just overhead.

    Since then I have seen a chiro and that didn't work, then a manipulative therapist (which, when I walked out of there I was pain free but it slowly came back about four days later and then got back to square one).

    I then went to my GP and he said it sounded like a partial tear and he put me on a waiting list for free physio (for which i am still waiting). Then I saw an osteo for some sessions and that didn't help.

    Then in January this year I paid privately for a scan on my shoulder and it came back that there were no tears, just inflammation and possible frozen shoulder symptoms. Since then up to now I have been having electric/laser treatment on my shoulder but it hasn't got any better at all. It now hurts at my elbow too.

    (also, just to give another idea of how my arm is, I used to play darts and now when i try and throw a dart at the board at the last split second before i release the dart my arm goes from straight to my left so, even though I am trying to throw straight the dart hits the wall on the left side of the board)

    In fact, the pain is now appearing in my opposite shoulder, and I don't know why!

    I have spent at least a couple of grand (money i really don't have) on this and appear to be no nearer to a solution.

    The pain I get doing everyday things isn't too bad (driving, itching my back) and is something I can put up with - I am just desperate to get back to playing tennis again as it's the only sport I do and I obviously really really enjoy it.

    Has anyone got any suggestions on my next step, or do i need to come to terms with the fact that I will never play tennis again??

    Thanks, any help would be much appreciated.
    How about seeing an orthopedic surgeon? Maybe prescribed physical therapy could help you. You are a little young to have to give up tennis..

     
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    Old 03-13-2017, 08:00 AM   #3
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    Re: shoulder and upper arm pain

    I agree, you need to see an orthopedic doctor that specializes in shoulders (if possible). It could be something that the right therapy will help or could be more. Inflammation and impingement can be dealt with. If therapy doesn't help, they can go in and clean the inflammation up and deal with impingement, then there will be more therapy to properly get it back into condition. This could take 6 months to a year before you can go back to playing tennis. But, you need to see the proper doctor and get a diagnosis. Then go from there.

    Don't give up or give in.

     
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    Old 03-14-2017, 02:33 AM   #4
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    Re: shoulder and upper arm pain

    Thanks to you both. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow so will push for an orthopedic specialist - will probably be put on a (long) waiting list! They may say that before they can refer me to one I might need to go for the course of physio they have put me forward for first! Thanks again!

     
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    Old 03-14-2017, 02:43 AM   #5
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    Re: shoulder and upper arm pain

    Shoulder pain is a common symptom in primary care. It can be due to an intrinsic shoulder problem but pain can also be referred from other structures, such as the neck, diaphragm or the heart. Common shoulder problems share overlapping clinical features. When assessing shoulder pain, it is important to look for any 'red flags' that mean investigation and diagnosis need a more focused or urgent approach.

     
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    Re: shoulder and upper arm pain

    Sometimes tears don't show up on mris. Could be some degeneration in joints, possible bone spurs. I guess you've tried cortisone shots? If inflammation you should be on an NSAID.

    Ive had rot cuff to both shoulders but I'm 60 but used to play softball a lot, pitch.

    By any chance have you had to take prescribed steroids for a chronic problem in your life? Such as for sinus issues or other problems? This can cause avascular necrosis AVN.

     
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