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Climbing with a torn rotator cuff/shoulder injury . . .(5 posts)

Climbing with a torn rotator cuff/shoulder injury . . .soup
May 30, 2002 10:40 AM
has got to hurt. When I buggered up my shoulder I wanted nothing to do with the bike, and mine was a little "impingement syndrome." Of course, I wasn't getting paid. Anyone have a "feel" for what Hamilton put himself through in the Dolomites?

Just curious.

I have suffered from an inflamed rotator cuff (not torn), whichbill
May 30, 2002 12:19 PM
causes bursitis in the shoulder (the bursa sac around the shoulder joint becomes inflamed). Oddly, although the cause of the inflammation had to be the bike (it sort of developed slowly during the time last summer when I was doing the most miles), it never really bothered me on the bike.
How my little problem compares to a torn rotator, I'm not sure.
re: Climbing with a torn rotator cuff/shoulder injury . . .Wayne
May 30, 2002 12:47 PM
Well, it depends on a number of things. To begin with how big is the tear, which will determine how many of the muscles are affected (4 muscles make up the RC)? You always tear the supraspinatus first which is mainly involved when you lift you're arm (esp. out to the side). If you noticed Hamilton on the podium after the time trail he started to lift his bouquet with his left arm and immediately dropped it back to his side, this is the typical torn rotator cuff sign and when I first suspected he had a serious injury. If it's big enough it could involve the other two posterior inserting RC muscles. But you really use the one RC muscle that you never tear when climbing out of the saddle. Which of course is why Hamilton is able to continue, I'm sure it hurts, but the position your arms are in when cycling don't place that much strain on the part of the RC that typically tears.
ok, you seem to know what you're talking about, Wayne. badbill
May 30, 2002 1:15 PM
mistake, because now you've got to diagnose me forensically.
Did my riding cause the bursitis? As I said above, it never really bothered me when I was on the bike. When I was off the bike, however, the shoulder woudl feel a little tighter than before; actually, massaging the musculature around the scapula and the trapezius as well as down . . . down the side of my shoulder, whatever that is (triceps?) seemed to loosen everything up and relieve the pain in the shoulder somewhat.
The bursitis definitely could be something that just happened. My father always suffered from it.
ok, you seem to know what you're talking about, Wayne. badWayne
May 31, 2002 3:14 AM
It's typically overhead, or at least lifting the arm which causes impingement/bursitis type problems. Where you're arms are when cycling, which muscles are working etc., and the simple fact that you didn't noitice it when cycling would make me think that cycling was the unlikely origin of your problem.