Chronic shoulder pain is getting worse with training
I was a car accident last June where I rear ended another car. I was fine (I thought), save for mild whiplash. Recently (coinciding with my training ramp-up) my shoulder is becoming inflammed, tight and painful. I suspect it is from the seat belt restraining my left shoulder during the impact. I've been living with mild tightness for a year now but it was never alarming. Recently, my 15-hour/week set me over the edge. Sunday, I ran 12-miles on a hilly trail and that sealed the deal as far as pain.
I saw a doctor about it and she prescribed a mild muscle relaxant and 800mg x 2/day of Ibuprofen. Still, the pain is become worse. I don't think my 3.5" saddle to bar drop helps either.
It seems the car accident was the catalyst, despite the fact that it was 11 months ago. I can't imagine what else it might be since I have not been in a physically traumatic incident like that since.
I've decided to take this entire week off from biking so see how I respond to the ibuprofen and rest.
Anyone with similar history and symptoms? How has this affected your training?
What is your experience with physical therapy? I was referred to PT and a chiropractor.
Caveat - I'm not looking for your diagnosis. I've already seen a doctor and I am starting PT this week. I just want the cyclist's perspective since my doctor doesn't train, etc.
NOTE: I also posted this in the road forum.