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Old 07-24-2013, 08:43 AM   #1
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Shoulder injury... not sure where to go

So for the past month and a half i've been experiencing pain on this muscle on my right shoulder blade. If i don't move, i won't ever feel the pain but when i move my right arm at certain angles, the muscle will start hurting like hell.

Some types of movements which hurt for me at the moment:

bench press, shoulder press, fist pumping (lol), reaching for the car stereo to change tracks, punching outwards

I had been visiting this chinese guy who practices deep tissue massage. What he does is he'll massage the hell out of the injured spot for about 30 minutes... i went for about 6 sessions and so far it still hasn't healed. It had worked before for my other injuries but this time the pain does not seem to go away.

Where should I go fix my shoulder?? I was able to google up my physiotherapy clinics in van but i'd like to get recommendations from RS

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Old 07-24-2013, 08:57 AM   #2
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with muscle/tendon issues its best to immobilize it

i had a 3rd degree separation and dislocation in my shoulder, couldnt move it for about 3 months and even now still have issues when trying workouts and moving shoulder in certain angles.

my advice, get a sling and give your shoulder a few days to relax, you could have strained the muscle, tendon or something else and it just needs time to heal. if the pain stops then get back on the weights but lower weight and higher rep!
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:12 AM   #3
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^That and physiotherapy. I went to one session and they gave me a list of exercises that I could do with rubber tubing in a door or on cable machines with super light weights. It may be a rotator cuff issue, but it's best to have at least a physio look at it and give you exercises you can do at home or in the gym.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:33 AM   #4
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I just had surgery on my shoulder to correct a tear to the labrum, the cartilage that provides passive stabilization to the ball of the arm. I injured it 14 months prior to my surgery and had been doing physio in the months leading up to it. It never settled down after months of physio.

Speaking from experience, I suggest you see a physio for their opinion on what's wrong. First few months of diligent physio are essential. It is also important to visit a doc and get an xray/ultrasound/mri referral - these take a while to get and if your injury does not settle down with 4-5 months, these images will be important for further referrals to an orthopedic surgeon. I am very active, and although the injury was not giving me constant pain, it was enough to reduce the quality of my life that I could justify the downtime from surgery. YMMV for sure.

I recommend seeing Allan mcgavin sports med centre in yaletown. I am seeing one of their physios at the moment.
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I don't have any recommendations for you (well, apart from the Physiotherapists in the Langley Sports Arena... they're fantastic, but probably too far for you to drive), but I will suggest you look after it ASAP. I injured my shoulder after a car accident about 12 years ago and never dealt with it. It's now at the point where certain movements are severely limited and I have limited strength at a couple angles. It sucks and I wish I was more proactive when I was younger about dealing with injuries.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:13 PM   #6
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Pinched nerve? My pops had one of those and had similar symptons. Just something to consider
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I had been visiting this chinese guy who practices deep tissue massage. What he does is he'll massage the hell out of the injured spot for about 30 minutes... i went for about 6 sessions and so far it still hasn't healed. It had worked before for my other injuries but this time the pain does not seem to go away.

Where should I go fix my shoulder?? I was able to google up my physiotherapy clinics in van but i'd like to get recommendations from RS
I'd recommend Kelvin Tam Physiotherapy:

Kelvin Physiotherapy Clinic - Fairview Slopes - Vancouver, BC

This guy really knows his stuff, and unlike most typical physiotherapists that only rely on equipment to treat his patients, he likes to do it with his hands. It's very, very effective, but boy, does it ever hurt like hell while he is doing it. The only downside to seeing him is that his rates are kind of expensive.

On a different note, can you give me the contact for your deep tissue massage Chinese guy? Does he only treat injuries? or does he do general deep tissue massages in general? And how much does he charge per session?
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I'd recommend Kelvin Tam Physiotherapy:

Kelvin Physiotherapy Clinic - Fairview Slopes - Vancouver, BC

This guy really knows his stuff, and unlike most typical physiotherapists that only rely on equipment to treat his patients, he likes to do it with his hands. It's very, very effective, but boy, does it ever hurt like hell while he is doing it. The only downside to seeing him is that his rates are kind of expensive.

On a different note, can you give me the contact for your deep tissue massage Chinese guy? Does he only treat injuries? or does he do general deep tissue massages in general? And how much does he charge per session?
just general deep tissue massages. they really work, but unfortunately it hasn't for my current problem so i'm looking at a second opinion. prepare yourself for one of the most painful experiences of your life though. depending on how injured your muscle is, it can HURT.

he charges 35 per half hour, and i only could do half hour sessions because sometimes the pain was too unbearable

i'll PM you his number when i can i find it
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keep up with your deep tissue massages, i am in the same boat as you and i know dem feels..
mine still havent healed yet but is doing a LOT better, i kept up with physio for about half a year, went to those massages once a week, and ALWAYS stretch for like 30 mins, doing little movements at a time for my shoulder
it sucks, but i hope you can get over this horrible pain... gl and hopefully ull fistpump ur way out of this
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Check to see if you have painful arc syndrome. Just youtube it and there are some simple exercises/stretches to see if its serious. If so, go see someone in orthopaedics.

I injured my left shoulder from basketball about 6 months ago and was extremely painful just lifting my arm. Finally decided to see a doc and got an MRI a month ago. Torn tendon and shoulder bone that's hooking down causing scraping of the shoulder and arm when lifted. Got surgery done about 10 days ago and is feeling much better. Its stiff when stretched certain ways but at least the pain is gone and the range of movement is much better.

Advice is, go see a doc asap. I could possibly have prevented doing surgery if I received therapy or treatment earlier. Now $20k cdn down the drain. btw I live in HK.
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How long did you wait for your MRI?
The waitlist is pretty ruthless unless your doc is in the "in" crowd. Aka. Elite.
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How long did you wait for your MRI?
The waitlist is pretty ruthless unless your doc is in the "in" crowd. Aka. Elite.
maybe 2-3 days. Mind you, i'm in HK.
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