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30 August 2004 @ 10:36 pm
Shoulder update  
Well, I went to the doctor today, and after some testing and prodding around my shoulders, he informed me that both of my biceps tendons were impinged. (No wonder I got those occasional crunky elbows during chin-ups.) He took a look at my winging scapula and said that it might be the result of nerve damage, so I have to go in for an EMG tomorrow to find that out. The good thing is that he thinks this might all be resolved with some diligent stretching, so he gave me a sheet of stretches to do daily and told me to do the upper-body ones several times throughout the day. Evidently your upper back gets tight from all that sitting at a desk looking at a monitor, and that probably contributed to my problem. Also, he told me I could continue to work out as long as I didn't aggravate my upper-body owies, so I'm going to hit the gym tomorrow and see what I can do. I've read that when dealing with rotator cuff problems, you must be better safe than sorry and avoid any lift that gives you any discomfort at all, so I might be stuck with machines for a while. I'll see.

I did stretches at work and went through the full stretch routine when I got home, and that seemed to help already. I really like how many of the stretches on the list are, in a sense, compound - that is, they stretch several parts of your body at once. For example, lacing your fingers and straightening your arms over your head stretches most of your arms and your shoulders as well. I'm really hoping that a couple of weeks of focusing on flexibility will end my game of Owie Whack-a-Mole for good.
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
yuda on August 31st, 2004 06:43 am (UTC)
Well, I'm glad it sounds like this is something you can correct with physical therapy/stretching/careful excercise, rather than surgery.

Keep us updated on how things are progressing.