Torn arm muscle, rotator cuff injury - what has your experience been?
February 4, 2014 11:12 AM Subscribe
I really hurt my arm. I am going to the doctor, but I'm curious about people's general experiences with this type of injury, treatments, length of recovery, and general speculation about just what I did to myself, since it seems like I did several different things at once.
Two months ago I did a superman over the handlebars of my bike and landed on my extended right arm/shoulder. Nothing hurt initially, but in the next couple of days my upper arm and the top of my shoulder hurt a lot, especially when I was standing. There was no significant swelling or bruising and I am confident that I didn't actually break anything. I told myself at the time that if it hadn't improved a lot in a week I'd assume something serious was wrong and go to the doctor. Well, it improved a lot....and now it's plateaued, and it's still bad enough to cause me problems.
Here are my current symptoms:
I have a full range of motion but with upper arm pain. The top of my shoulder hurts if I lean on my right arm. The muscles around my right shoulderblade are all knotted up and sore all the time (when they never used to be - my left is my wonky shoulder). There's a spot on the outside of my upper arm about 2 inches in diameter which just....really hurts a lot, a lot of the time. If I am standing or walking for a long period, my arm's own weight makes it hurt. I can only sleep in some positions because otherwise my arm hurts and wakes me up.
So what is likely to happen when I go to the doctor? What are some things that might be wrong? What experience have you had with treatment for upper arm/shoulder injuries?
Actually, if you have any recommendations for at-home symptom treatment prior to seeing the doctor, that would be great too.