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Old 01-20-2011, 02:36 AM   #1
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Shoulder discomfort

Hi everyone.

I have been living with shoulder discomfort for months. It is better now than it was before. I was in a number of rear ending car accidents a few years ago and I have tension and discomfort in my shoulder, and while it has gotten better from PT and chiropractic care, it is still not the same. I play guitar and that bothers it which I'm not ready to give up, I have given up lap swimming because of the discomfort and sometimes I sleep on it wrong and I wake up in pain.

I've seen docs about it, one renowned doc that my family and I are very fond of told me to do shoulder shrugs and rolls which I keep forgetting to do. When I have done it, I don't think it has really helped. His office is near my family which is 2 1/2 hours away from where I live and I am considering either seeing seeing a local orthopedist or a physical pain management/rehabilitation specialist doctor. I guess I could start with my primary care doctor but I don't see him for a month, maybe I should make an appointment sooner. I feel hesitant calling him to have the primary care doctor return my call because I've called the primary doctor about other unrelated things lately.

A neurologist said to try myofascial release for my headaches which would be over the shoulder area, but when I talked to the physical therapist he was hesitant to do it because I was so tender and sensitive in that area.

Some advice is greatly appreciated especially about whether I should call my primary care doc first or a specialist first.


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Old 01-20-2011, 03:27 AM   #2
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Re: Shoulder discomfort


Check out Prolotherapy, which I think is amazing! If this doesn't interest you I wouldn't waste time with your primary but go straight to an Ortopedic doc who will be able to pinpoint the exact problem. It sounds as if it may be your rotator cuff.

All the best,


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