Member Case Study: Shoulder Pain

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Member Question from SuperNuke71

 

About 4 week ago while riding my Cannondale 3.0 at about 18 mph in the aero position, my stem snapped in two and my  bike and I started tumbling down the road. OUCH!!!! No broken bones, only some mild road rash and I am very sore. All of my road rash has healed, but my right shoulder is still in a lot of pain. I have started swimming, but only really, really light workouts. I plan on going back to the doctor next week to see if I tore something. Do you have any recommendations on stretches?
 

Answer from Mike Busman, MD

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I would love to offer some good stretches for you, but an accurate diagnosis must be made first. Falling in that manner, you could have caused a number of different injuries to your shoulder. It’s likely not a broken bone because you are able to move it some and swim without severe pain. You might have suffered a separated shoulder, torn a rotator cuff muscle, or injured your labrum (the cartilage that deepens the shoulder joint). You also might have sustained something less severe such as a contusion or strain.

 

The treatment all depends on the type of injury. Stretching helps for some of these conditions, whereas immobilization may be recommended for other conditions. My advice would be to go see your physician and get an accurate diagnosis. Once you have your problem identified, an appropriate treatment can be employed.

  

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date: July 23, 2009

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