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Created On: 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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Val2004

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Hello, I would also like exercise sites. I noticed you thanked someone for them, but couldn't find the actual sites listed. Apparently impingement is pretty common, and incredibly painful. I am hoping for the surgery soon, but my insurance takes months. Thanks in advance.
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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johancaset

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I'm a 42 year old teacher of physical education at a secondary school in Belgium. My weekly programme : gymnastics, dance, judo, circus (age 15-18).After almost two years of pain in miy left shoulder( scans, x-rays and echoes showed nothing abnormal, got an injection twice which gave a temporary relief ) I finally came across an orthopedic surgeon who is specialised in the upper body part. Problem : impingement of the tendon of the supraspinatus muscle. Solution : arthroscopic surgery ( two 1cm incisions on the backside of the shoulder ). Seems the tendon of the muscle was very much swollen and was rubbing against the bottom side of the acromion with every move the arm made. The tendon was being torn to shreds. So, bone of the acromion was scraped to widen the canal. Surgery was done on august 29. Before, I couldn't bring my arm forward upward, and in sideways position with the elbow in 90 degrees I could not tilt my hand backwards. Had to teach keeping arms crossed. Now, one month later, I'm ahead of schedule in therapy : can lift upward, sideward, put hand on the back, behind the neck, have done breaststroke and freestyle in an easy manner, hope to be able to do a handstand within 4 weeks. Will mail again at the end of october. groetjes ! (greetings)
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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readabook

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Hello! I had an acromioplasty done for a curved acromion bone (which caused impingement) two weeks ago. Aside from a little soreness my arm feels great. The curved acromion bone had contributed to a partial rotator cuff tear. That was tidied up, the bone was smoothed, and now I proceed w/some PT. There was the very begiinings of a bicep tendon tear, but not enough to repair. I have had prevous shoulder surgery earlier this year where I had the curved acromion, partially torn cuff, and a rather severe SLAP w/bicep tendon tear. This time it will be a much easier recovery. Just had the sling for one night.
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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itsconnie

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I too suffer from an impingement and to tell you the truth...i'd just like to have the surgery and get this over with. When I move my arm in a certain position, the pain is SOOO bad, i can't stand it. I can't move, I can't breathe...i just wait for the pain to subsite. I've had an injection, I'm doing physical therapy and it seems no better then it did 3 mos ago. If anybody would like to talk about it..please email me.
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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cindyjo2004

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iam 51 yrs old female, have a shoulder impingement, having a mri done in a few days.My orthopedic dr, gave me the injection, in shoulder, wehich but the way didnt help, had pt, didnt help, i guess the last resort is the mri and see what is the real problem.also i have been told by the pt, that my right shoulder has dropped too Is ther any one out there with the same kind of problem? Iam in pain all the time , thanks
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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JOHNNYO

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WHO ARE THE BEST DOCTORS FOR CLAVICLE MALUNIONS? ANYBODY SUFFER AN IMPINGEMENT FROM A CROOKED COLLARBONE?
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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saschagirl3

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Thank you so much for the website. It's a start and I hope it will help me. If anyone knows anywhere else I can look for exercises, please let me know. The more info I have, the better.
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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ABICHE

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"[email protected]" The exercises on that website are pretty much the ones i do on Physical Therapy! The are good exercises..but unfortunately they haven't worked for me. This maybe be due to the fact that i have a tear on my right shoulder and chronic impingement Syndrome on my left one. I do hope they work for you too! Good luck
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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daviesd6

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Hi see http://familydoctor.org/265.xml Has pictures too!! Debs
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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saschagirl3

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I believe I am having a recurrence of rotator cuff tendonitis. I keep reading that I need to strenghten the rotator cuff muscles, but I can't find anywhere that shows me how to do that and which exercises will work. Does anyone know where I can get this info?
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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ABICHE

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I agree..most of these Dr.s don't seem to care. Especially if they are WC doctors.
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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joshuasmom

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Your Doctors sound like most of the uncaring professionals I have seen. Our society is programed to think there are certain things that you must "live with". I would suggest that you get a second opinion although I wouldn't hold my breath fo any help. It took me three years to find a doctor that cares, but he isn't willing to help me with surgery; just long term pain therapy. It is so bad for me that I am disabled and not working. Good luck finding someone to help you so you can return to work, and not be in excrutiating pain!
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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Lisa1590

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I do have had massive muscle spasms and knots from shoulder pain/injury. I feel your pain on that topic.
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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cecilp

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I had surgery on right shoulder Nov 6,2003 to remove spurs. Even before then shoulder would "pinch" with upward (above chest height" andd back down movement. Open surgery was done and cuff repair was also done. Theropy until Jan 5,2004. Still have "pinching" sensation (unbearable). Went back to dr. for check-up. He is putting me back to work with no restrictions. I do heavy maintenance,over head,lifting,pulling, etc. Told him I couldn't preform work and company allowed no light duty. Advised to put up with it or retire. Any suggestions?? Need some relief
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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joshuasmom

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I have a saga that is so extremely frustrating. I have had terrible pain in my right shoulder for 3 1/2 years now. I have seen different doctors who have all tried to throw some sort of quickie diagnosis at me and hurry me out the door. they couln't believe that a 32 year old otherwise healthy woman could possibly be in as much pain as I was telling them. I have jumped through all of their hoops having MRI's, EMG's, continuous physical therapy, cortisone injections, ansaids, neurontin, before treating the pain with narcotics. All I have wanted is a proper diagnosis and a fix for th problem. I became labled a "drug seeker" when I just wanted to be able to function normally. (Even though I had so much muscle spasm in my neck and shoulder you can almost see the defined knots all down under my shoulder blade; and could definately feel them.) Finally, an MRI showed rotator cuff degeneration, with impingement. I was elated; at least an answer. Something other than you just want drugs, or maybe you need a talk therapist. Even though I now have a diagnosis, my doctor even knowing my past history has prescribed more physical therapy.I need help. I don't know where to go from here. There are days that I want to scream and cry. I just don't know what it takes to get a doctor to listen to you. I need more of an answer than physical therapy.I think that I need surgery. I swear it feels like no one can understand that it feels like I have an ice pick stuck in my shoulder and burning shooting pain down my arm. I am misrable, and looking for another doctor.
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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Bobbi

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Hi, I am scheduled for an arthroscopy for Impingement syndrome on 12/01/03. What can I expect post-op? How much time for recovery and to go back to work and gym? Thanks, Barbara
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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isaac1982

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how long have ya'll waited for debridement?
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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William14130

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I am a 55 year old male who has swam for 30 years roughly one hour a day all using the overhand stroke. In early 2001 my right shoulder started to ache. I was referred to an orthopedic doctor. 4 months of therpy and it got worse by frezing. I had impingement surgery (cutting off the end of the bone) and releasing the adhesions. It froze again 5 days after the surgery. 4 more months of therpy and it is better. I have full range of motion and I can sleep on it. My left shoulder needs to be done but the doctor said it is not bab enough to operate.
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 05/21/2005 08:42 AM

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Silimtao

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>>I'm a keen swimmer and have all the symptoms of impingement - general shoulder pain, and pain putting my arm above my head. I've been having physical therapy for about 5 months, involving massage, stretching and strengthening exercises. I've also stopped swimming to rest the shoulder, But it just never seems to go completely - I might be free from pain for a few weeks, and then it seems to start again. Does anyone have similar experiences? Any advice? How long does this sort of thing usually take to recover? I was diagnosed with shoulder impingement syndrome. After 6 months of physical therapy (no relief, more pain), I insisted on an MRI. I then saw an orthopedic surgeon, and after an examination, 2 corisone shots, and a view of my affected shoulder, a subacromial decrompression procedure was suggested. I had it only 2 days ago as a matter of fact. I believe only an experience orthopedic surgeon who *specialized* shoulders can make the proper diagnosis and recomendations. I thinks it may be a good sign that you have some relief when you rest your shoulder. Do you take any antiinflammatories such as Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex? I ran the whole gamut of drugs without relief. My pain just increased over a period of 6-7 months. How was your "impingement" diagnosed? w/out films of some kind, the doctor could be mistaken. Could be tendonitis for example. Get it properly diagnosed, in my opinion, then work out a plan. Sorry about the post with the "." in it; this is my first post in the forum and I was testing it. Good luck.
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Silimtao

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