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This video explains why strengthening the rotator cuff muscles is so important:
Rotator cuff type injuries and site of pain can vary. My pain was deep inside the socket where your clavicle meets with the shoulder joint. When the ortho doc suggested it was rotator cuff/impingement I was like no way, as the pain wasn't on the outside. But after 3 weeks of PT, the 2 year pain I had endured had already subsided substantially. I couldn't believe it.Basically had me doing some of the exercises in the video and more with a weight which essentially encompasses using all the muscles of the shoulder. This helps bring blood flow to the area as well to heal.
Checking in here, almost 3 months later and I'm almost back to 100%.It looks like it wasn't bursitis but more tendon related. Stretching got me back. Ugh, can't there just be a pill?
got nasty bursitis years ago from over-practicing tennis serve, followed by hitting with a ball machine for an hour. The machine won. I was debilitated for months. Functional only after 2 months of rest, then 3 months of PT.I can feel the pain slightly in connection with paddling, but the range of motion is very limited compared to big topspin tennis swing and serve. Havent played tennis since i trashed shoulder. Shoulder injuries suck most when trying to sleep. any shift or movement in the night complicates the shoulder and wakes one with pain. i am very careful with mine--anything remotely like the bursitis i had would make paddling out of the question. I couldnt take my damn wallet out of my back pocket--carrying grocery bags was a non-starter.
The good news (not) is that is if you need surgery on your AC joint, it is one of the most painful surgeries that you can imagine.