Shoulder Crepitus: Not improving. Ideas for next steps?
July 27, 2009 7:21 AM Subscribe
Shoulder crepitus: when I roll my shoulders back, they pop and click many times, like crunching. It has worsened over the past seven years or so that I've worked at a desk. I've tried a few things and have had no relief, although it doesn't seem to be worsening any more. What should I try next?
posted by degrees_of_freedom to Health & Fitness (23 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
YANMD: I'm looking for ideas for next steps.
Possible causes: it's far worse in my right side, and I am right handed. I think it's caused by using a mouse, driving, or carrying heavy bags on my right side. I stopped carrying heavy bags, moved for a shorter commute (now i take the bus or bike), and have tried ergonomic mice without much luck. Maybe it's bad sitting posture, sleeping posture, something genetic, I don't know.
Stuff I've tried:
Lots of stretching, movement, shoulder-rolling.
YANAD: Primary doc: "take ibuprofin for two weeks and stretch". I already stretch my shoulder about 5 - 10 times daily. No improvement with this approach.
Second doctor's opinion: "take yoga." Maybe I need more yoga, but it hasn't been improving.
Acupuncture and accupressure: 4 sessions, no real improvement on the shoulder (though my meditation improved. Too costly to continue.)
I'm getting back into lap swimming to see if backstroke will help it.
Stuff I haven't tried but heard/read might work (mostly guesses by people I know):
Physical therapy exercises for the rotator cuff.
Fasting. (Seems hard to follow for the length of time required. I think i heard 40 days or so.)
Heavy massage because there has been some kind of 'fusing' that needs to be broken up (although this seems too costly for the number of sessions needed, and not covered by insurance.)
I haven't found much info on this topic online. I've been searching terms like shoulder clicking/crunching/crepitus, so search term suggestions are welcome. The professionals I've asked about it don't seem to be very familiar with the problem. It's not terribly painful, but it's rather uncomfortable. Others can hear it (so it's not just loud to me by bone conduction), and if you place a hand on my moving shoulder, you can feel the crunchiness.
Has anyone heard of this and its causes? Or better yet, fixed/improved it? What kind of professional would know about this?