Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How I injured my shoulder

Hi all!

If you are following my blog you may periodically hear me refer to my shoulder injury. I'm sure you're just dying to know how it happened right?? Mkayy, so...
Me, my friend Paige and my friend Ali. Yes Paige is so tall that she is that much taller than us when we are on skates.

About 7 years ago I was playing hockey (ooohhhh hockey injury, so hardcore right?? Not so much). After the game (in which I scored 3 goals I might add), we headed into the change room. as I was taking my jersey off it got stuck. Instead of asking someone to help me, like a smart person would do, I decided to just reef on it and pulled it over my head.

When I pulled it I heard a ripping type noise. It didn't hurt badly, but it was sore for a long time. In fact it never became unsore. It was one of those nagging injuries that is annoying, but you dont really bother to do anything about. It only bothered me when I rotated my shoulder backwards and tried to lift my arm above my head. It would catch and pop if I tried to do either of those motions so I just ignored it (I was 17, give me a break!)

Two years after it happened it started to bother me more. I went to the orthopedic doctor and he ran tests on me for a year and a half trying to figure out what it was. I had an MRI, 3 CAT scans, freezing shot into different parts of my shoulder under an x-ray... I could go on and on. He didn't find anything and offered to do exploratory surgery. Surgery scares me, I had it once and I don't want it again unless it is absolutely necessary.

So I was referred to a shoulder specialist in Calgary. I went to him twice and it was completely useless. During my first visit he ordered another MRI before he could tell anything, so we drove home, got the MRI and waited another 3 months to get back in. During our second visit he couldn't find the MRI, and hadn't even looked at it yet! He finally found it and then basically told me that he didn't really know what the problem was and there was nothing that they could do about it besides going down somewhere in the States to get surgery that would be super expensive and possibly fix it for about 10 years. Umm no thanks!

He then proceeded to complain about his shoulder and how it is worse than mine. He finished the appointment by telling me that I needed to get into a regular exercise program to get into shape. Riiight. I was training for a triathlon at the time and working out 6 days a week. I was a little more than angry when I left.

Fast forward to 5 months ago. I had tried 3 different massage therapists as well as physiotherapy over the past couple years and I was feeling pretty defeated. I called to make an appointment with my current massage therapist and he wasn't available. I really needed it done, so I made an appointment with a different therapist.

He rocks my world!!! After one session with him, my shoulder was feeling better. After 4 months, I almost have my entire range of motion back. It hurts soooo bad while he is working on it, but afterwards it is so worth it.

I got my shoulder worked on yesterday, and it is still super sore today. Therefore my one mile was a run walk combo but I still got it done! Running streak day 4!
Last years Wasa Triathlon :)

Sorry for the terribly long post, I wont even be a little offended if you don't read it! See you all tomorrow for some What I Ate Wednesday action!

Have you ever had an injury that has driven you crazy?

1 comment:

  1. I’m so sorry to read about how hard it’s been to figure out what’s wrong with your shoulder. It sounds very much like a muscle problem. I’m glad to hear that your physical therapist has been a major part in the improvement of your shoulder, and I hope that whatever physical therapy you’re doing now continues to heal your injury.

    Sienna Christie


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