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Riding with a Rotator Cuff Problem

Old 07-09-22, 06:48 PM
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I am the OP here, BTW. While I have one more follow-up with the 'surgical team' (which could bring on a MRI), the diagnosis in my case is little to no soft tissue issues (like rotator cuff), but a whole bunch of arthritis. The situation is tolerable at the moment (barely). I don't expect surgery in the next year or so. Golf, cycling, sleeping and interestingly playing my classical guitar are the activities that are somewhat inhibited by my left shoulder.

The other day I noticed that there is a specific upper arm motion that generates a distinctive (and consistent) scraping vibration (like course sandpaper on coarse sandpaper). It is audible in a quiet room. A golf buddy has years of dealing with shoulder issues (in his case it is soft tissues in one shoulder and pure arthritis in the other), so I asked him about his experience with my scraping sensation/sound. He said "it isn't something to worry about until it sounds like a couple of chicken bones being put down your garbage disposal'. So I guess I won't worry about it for now

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I self massage with a dense rubber ball like a lacrosse ball. That has helped me out of many situations. I'm currently working on my shoulder now, having tweaked it recently.
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