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Rotator Cuff Injury? Shoulder Pain... how to fix?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 17, 2011
  • 07:10 AM

I have had pain in my left shoulder for a little over a week now... on the top, back into the shoulder blade, sometimes down into my elbow, etc.

If hold my arms straight above my head the left arm/shoulder starts to feel pressure after a little while and I need to bring it down. If I sit on a chair and let my shoulders hang down completely it feels as if there is a small weight sitting on top of my left shoulder... thus I am constantly resting my left arm on the elbow of my chair/sofa.

I still have fairly good range of motion in my arm, but the pain is pretty constant throughout the day. It is somewhat relieved by Ibuprofen and various creams/etc., but never completely and not usually for very long.

Everything is pretty tender... if I push on the left shoulder blade area, for example, it is rather painful... yet it feels somewhat nice to do so.

I have never experienced a rotator cuff tear/injury, so I don't know if that's what this is.

If it is, what should I do to begin healing? Just limit its use as much as possible? Begin stretching?

I would go to the doctor, but I am stuck in Japan for a while longer and every time I have visited a doctor around here for other things they have been useless in diagnosing/helping my problems.


P.S. I am a 26-year-old guy, 5'11", 165.

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  • If you say you're in Japan now, you're lucky.They have very advanced japanese acupuncture technique developed from old chinese TCM methods.I'm afraid that usual MD's will not be helpful, not western nor japanese in case if you have serious chronic pathology... Take your chance, find good acupuncturist there and you'll get quick pain relief. But sometimes it's very difficult to find really good acupuncturist because most of them have been trained in western manner...Good Luck!
    alltimatehelp 128 Replies Flag this Response
  • A bit of treatment from sports therapist, physio, chiropractor, osteopath should help relieve the symptoms, break up any scar tissue and get you started on rehab. Rehab is important to maintain proper balance of the rotator cuff.The sooner you get treatment the better.
    Chiro1000 2 Replies Flag this Response
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