|The rotator cuff is a group of muscles |
and tendons that form a cuff over the
shoulder. These muscles and tendons
hold the arm in its "ball and socket"
joint and are involved in essentially all shoulder motions.
Back in April, I talked about (in another blog) having to go to physical therapy for pain that I was having in both shoulders...and had lost my strength and range of motion in both arms. While in PT, I found out that my muscles from my neck to my lower back had seized. Not good.
I remained in PT for a few weeks, until I was able to get in to see an orthopedic surgeon. The doctor was great...and actually took the time to show me in a medical book, what was going on with my shoulders, after he reviewed the xrays his office took of my shoulders.
Diagnosis: tendinitis of the rotor cuff.
He explained that although surgery is an option, he did want to put me under the knife unless he absolutely had to. Instead, he said he wanted to try cortisone in both shoulders. I agreed to try anything...once. I certainly didn't want to have surgery!
In the diagrams that I have added here, I am very surprised to see that where the tendons are in both shoulders and that run down the arm from the shoulder is "exactly" where I was having extreme pain.
|An inflammation of the shoulder joint can |
cause pain and restricted joint movement
However, the next two days were living Hell for me. The pain was worse than it was going into PT! I could barely move. And the sad thing is, I wasn't 'warned' that this might happen.
But as the pain passed...I was like "Wow!" I had full movement again and best of all...
NO pain! None!
Whew...what a blessing those shots were!!!
In two weeks, I return to see the doctor for a follow-up, and I am sure he is going to be pleased with the results. I know I am.
As for physical therapy...it was my choice to continue going...or not...and I chose not to. Over-all, my neck and back feel good, and I have no complaints at this point.