/ Shoulder injury-just sharing my pain
I was on the slate yesterday, pulling a typical "foot onto handrail" rockover with a high left hand. I was halfway up the route pulling this move and heard the tear in my left shoulder as it happened. It was painful but i managed to finish the route without falling.
Now I have a sharp pain when my arm is orientated in certain directions and I'm worried that it's a SLAP tear :-(.
Going to GP tomorrow. I'm a bit fed up as I know how long it usually takes for these things to heal and to go through the NHS system.
Choosing the right person is often more important than getting seen quickly.
As a veteran of two shoulder injuries and married to a physio I though I'd give you my tuppence worth.
> I'm worried that it's a SLAP tear :-(.
Probably not a slap tear given there was no trauma, most likely a rotator cuff injury. I.e. You have strained / pulled the tendon in one of the muscles that makes up the rotator cuff. A good physio will be able to tell you which one through various tests, a GP won't and will probably refer you for physio anyway. Tendons take 3 months to heal, more if you keep aggravating things. First time I did it I tried to climb through, second time I took up cycling and drinking beer. There is no shortcut.
Perhaps you need to pay for a private sports physio then. No offence but I think hurting your shoulder on sat and being seen by a GP on a Tuesday is a good service. As I said, tendons take 3 months to heal. If it is a rotator cuff injury, which it sounds like. then you won't get much done in 3 months. Perhaps a steroid injection if things haven't calmed down in a couple of months.
Welcome to being injured , you will climb again but don't rush things.
It seems that the pain is easing and I've got full motion again so not a slap tear! My new GP seemed to be a muskulo-sketetal specialist, showed me a model of my shjoulder, wiggled my arm about a lot and said it's most likely the tendon that runs over the top of the shoulder is aggrevated but not torn.
:) feel a lot more positive now.
In essence yes. Don't trust a GP to get the diagnosis right. Also they are likely to be reluctant to send you for an MRI scan due to the cost. I was misdiagnosed as having a frozen shoulder and then has having a rotator cuff muscle tear, in both cases with mobilisation recommended. I didn't believe them, paid for a private MRI and one-off session with a consultant. Turns out the underlying issue was bone spurs which were shredding my tendon and tearing the rotator cuff muscle and the mobilisation only made it much worse. I have recently had an op to sort it out and am on a long road to hopefully full or near full recovery
Yes, exactly that. That particular tendon runs through a narrow space under the 'sharp bone' (the acromium). http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/impingement-syndrome/Pages/Impingement-syndrome.aspx If the tendon is damaged it becomes inflamed and is then aggravated by just about any movement as it rubs against the underside of the acromium. You'd be best to investigate every possible treatment for it and to take the climbing very easy. I didn't and in the end it was so bad that I had to have surgery, the recovery from which was also very painful. If you react now at this early stage you should be fine, but take it seriously!
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