> Ok, ok, we've all seen a "gazillion" messages on swimmer's shoulder, and
> I've done alot of net-wide research on this as well. So far, I've
> implemented the basic suggestions:
> * Rest the shoulder (it's my right shoulder that hurts)
> * More roll during freestyle and backstroke to reduce stress (I've even
> started to do some alternate-side breathing)
> * Stretching
> All of this has helped! With one exception: From what I've read, I've got
> a slight variation of the "typical" rotator-cuff impingement syndrome (the
> shoulder muscles hurt). It seems that the muscles just under the left-side
> of my right shoulder blade also hurt. Anyone out there with similar
> experiences? What did you do?
> I want to try everything short of heading to an orthopedist to see if
> orthoscopy (sp?) is necessary....
I'm a coach & parent.
My son received a shoulder injury about 5 weeks ago. The symptoms were
typical rotator cuff injury. Immediate rest, anti-inflamatories, ice
packs etc were used. A little relief was gained but the pain persisted.
I took him to a sports physiotherapist who agreed that the rotator cuff
was injured but he also had injuries to the neck and pec minor although
there was no pain at all in these areas. Manipulation, massage and
exersises were prescribed.
My son has been carrying out the exercises and self administering the
massage with regular trips back to the physio. He is now back to full
training and competition in only 3 weeks with no pain whatsoever.
My advise is what you are doing sounds fine but do seek professional
help as well.
Canvey Island SC