Please help me diagnose source of pain in shoulder and back.
March 17, 2009 12:17 PM Subscribe
What is the most thorough and effective test, or series of tests, I can go through in order to determine exactly what is wrong with my lower back and shoulder?
posted by gwpcasey to health & fitness (8 answers total)
I have had 'issues' with my right shoulder and lower back for 20 and 11 years, respectively. Nobody has ever been able to tell me conclusively what is, or was, wrong with them (the initial trauma to the shoulder was never treated, there was no trauma with my back) and I seem to go through a cycle where I do exercises that work for a while, but eventually new pains and stiffness arise in the vicinity and the nature and severity of the problem changes, from day to day as well as from month to month and year to year.
I'm sick of it and I want to know what the hell is actually wrong in there. Once I know that I, at least, won't have to go through the whole history of the problem(s) every time I see a new physio or doctor or acupuncturist etc. (With everyone coming up with different theories as to what may have gone wrong initially, what's happened since, and what this latest bout of pain is likely due to.)
Is there a test that can thoroughly and accurately look at these specific parts of my body and determine what the actual problem is, both mechanically/structurally, and (as a bonus) in terms of the pain associated with it?
(Please note that I have ultrasounds of my shoulder and x-rays of my back as well as extensive movement tests by various physios, all of which have been inconclusive.)