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Shoulder PainFender
Mar 14, 2002 6:49 PM
A few years ago I fractured my left collarbone while playing soccer. Nowadays, during really long rides or bumpy races it starts hurting, and sometimes gets to the point where I can hardly hold on the handle bars. Any help as to what I can do in order to avoid this pain?
re: Shoulder Painjbw
Mar 14, 2002 11:50 PM
I have (had) shoulder pain as well. Mine was due to reconstructive shoulder surgery (and actually, a broken collar bone as well). What I found is that going to a 90 degree stem made a big difference. I saw some race pictures and noticed that I was putting a lot of pressure on my shoulders. If there's a good bike shop in your area, you should be able to try out different size and angle stems and thus determine what might take the pressure off without compromising your riding.
re: Shoulder PainPaulCL
Mar 15, 2002 7:30 AM
I seperated my shoulder several years ago - a 3rd degree, very ugly. In addition to the previous post, check with a physical therapist for exercises to strengthen your shoulder area.

Your position on the bike may be wrong, but then again, the muscles around your fracture may not have strengthened back to pre-break. Hence, fatigue leading to pain.

I'm not a doctor, but I played one with the girl next door once. Paul
re: Shoulder Painjbw
Mar 15, 2002 5:09 PM
that's actually a great point... and one i neglected to mention. i went through 4-5 months of physical therapy following my injury and it made all the difference. not saying you need to do that much, but finding out what might need to be strengthened could really help.
You might want to look up an ART practitioner in your areabrider
Mar 15, 2002 8:05 AM
ART (Active Release Therapy) has given a lot of relief to a lot of people in your shoes. Do a search, and you should come up with a chiropractor in your area who is ART certified. Might be a good avenue to pursue.
Another suggestion during PTPaulCL
Mar 16, 2002 6:33 PM
See a PT, do some PT - it can only help.

Here's an idea while your building up your strength in your shoulder/collarbone area: try some acupuncture. No, its' not voodoo medicine - Shaquille O'Neal is using it now to get himself back on the court. My wife is an MD who has shifted her medical practice in a large part to acupuncture. Its' no cure-all, but, it is non-invasive, no side effects, and you will know within a few days or a week if it works for you. Its' worth a try.

I am the biggest skeptic in the world when it comes to that type of stuff, so if I say it works, it must work. On a couple of occasions, I have re-injured my shoulder (usually wrestling with my kids), instead of loading myself down with advil and waiting for the pain to go away, she has done acupuncture quite successfully. It's great for sinus infections too (in conjunction with a big dose of Zithromax!)

Ask you doctor for a recomendation. If your MD isn't up on it, call around. Look for an "alternative or holistic" medical center. Like I wrote, it can't hurt, only help. Good luck. Paul
my best sinus cure to datelonefrontranger
Mar 17, 2002 10:42 PM
Was to move to Boulder. Just kidding, but it is great to be able to breathe through my nose for the first time in my life. I've been back to Cincy since we moved, and the effect is immediate. I step off the plane and get that instantaneous feeling that my head is going to explode through my eyeballs.

On a more serious note, massage therapy and acupuncture are both very valid methods of pain management, and I'm the original skeptic. In my case, massage therapy rescued me from cumulative years of horrible carpal tunnel pain, and most likely invasive surgery (which doesn't work well anyhow).

I'm sure wishing I could export my Cincinnati massage therapist out here though. I truly did not know how good I had it. His name's Allwein, practices in Hyde Park, and he is phenomenal. He's the one who fixed my aching wrists and shoulders. Look him up if you ever need sports massage.