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Old 05-22-07, 11:09 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 05-22-07, 12:26 PM   #2
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Try getting your doctor to give you a shot of cortizone there may be some inflammation that regular meds just can't touch. Otherwise, get an MRI - you could have some tears and strains in the ligaments.

When you're cleared to exercise the shoulder, learn how to do some face pulls and other exercises that work the scapulae. Many people attribute problems to rotator cuffs that are often musculature imbalances in the scapulae. You could be such a one.
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