Shoulder pain: How long to recover from rotator Cuff Strain?
Weeks ago I was doing a bicep workout. It was new and I wasn’t sure about form. The next day my shoulders started to hurt. Ever since, random movements will hurt, but if I do the same movement, it doesn’t hurt. Sometimes like the shoulder blade will start to hurt but only for a bit. The shoulder and the shoulder blade will spasm sometimes as well. And if I use my arms I’ll feel like a soreness for a while. I’ll press on some of the muscles/tendons and they feel tender. Raising my arms above my head doesn’t hurt, but like I said. One movement hurts, another doesn’t, sometimes I’ll do something that didn’t hurt and it does this time. Chiropractor said it was a rotator cuff strain and I could resume working out a couple days later. That was a few weeks ago and it’s still the same. I’m 18 so wear and tear shouldn’t be an issue. I don’t have a physically job, I wrestled for 3 years but quit this last year. Any advice?
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The best advice I can give you is go to your regular physician. You never have to settle for what one Dr says. You should always get a second opinion from a different Dr., especially when the first Dr’s timeline wasn’t correct. Believe me, I was young once too and took that stuff for granted. It DOES come back when you get older but if you take care of it now, you have less of a chance of arthritis and those lovely age related body aches and pains. It is SO true… what we do to our bodies in our youth, comes back to us in our mid 50’s and older. Take care of your body. It’s good you’re working out but be careful and make sure of a movement before doing it. Start out light then work into a routine with it. Hope this helps.
Hi @styx, Welcome to Connect. From what I've read, it can take 2 to 4 weeks to recover cuff strain. Here's some information that might explain it better. "How long does a rotator strain take to heal? The minimum time for recovery from rotator cuff tendonitis or a small tear is generally two to four weeks, and stubborn cases can take several months. Early on, the aim is to reduce swelling and inflammation of the tendons and relieve compression in the subacromial space."
– What to do about rotator cuff tendinitis: https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/what-to-do-about-rotator-cuff-tendinitis.
Have you thought about seeing a sports medicine doctor for a second opinion?
First, make sure it is a strain and not a tear. I'd see an orthopedic doctor and he will take x-rays. I had a tear and didn't treat it for 4 months. Wound up with a surgery and a plate put in there. Plus, the ortho doctor will tell you how much and when you should use it.
If you haven't talke to your orthopedist about an MRI, I would suggest that. I had should pain for over 2 months before seeing an orthopedic shoulder specialist. X-rays showd nothing. We decided I'd try physical therapy, then possibly schedule an MRI. Four weeks after starting PT, my shoulder is about 40% better, but I do have an MRI scheduled soon. It's just to rule out anything going on with the muscles, which x-rays can't see.
I had similar issue and orthopedic surgeon diagnosed it as SIRVA (shoulder injury resulting from vaccine administration). Had any vaccines within a few month prior to the start of this pain? After physical therapy one was gone within 6-7 months. Second bout lasted a couple years with occasional short flare ups.
I didn't have problems with my shoulders until I was in a rehab hospital after a hip replacement, and having to use a wheelchair at times then, at age 71 my shoulders both went bad, I'm supposed to have them both replaced, but since I now am a widow and Noone to help me. I can't do it so I just try to keep going as best I can, Not easy.
Haven’t had a vaccine since I was 3
Which vaccine did you have?