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any body ever have problems with rotator cuff injuries because of MTbiking?

I started MTbiking last spring. By early summer I was experiencing some pain in my front deltoid. One day trying to unload the bike from the roof rack the arm just stopped working and I had a bike on my head. A few adjustments on the handlebars seemed to make everything a bit better . The ache would flare up every now and then, but nothing that backing off and a few "vitamin I's" couldn't help.

Fast forward to spring skiing and I don't know what I did but I couldn't move my arm to turn out the light, swipe my parking pass, answer the phone.....

Went to the ortho earlier this week and was told it was probably an inflamed rotator cuff... a shot of cortisone, some PT type exercises and I'm feeling ALMOST 100% better.

Just wondering if anyone else experiences this problem through riding and what they've done to counter the effect. I'm waiting for the arm to heal up and the mud to dry. I don't want my MTbking effected by my shoulder since I've already lost the rest of the ski season to it ~pout
 

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consult chiropractor !

I never had the problem you describe in the post. That's is odd. Did you crashed during the ride or made a sharp turn on the trail. Perhaps the turn caused by your body to turn at awkward position. Have you consulted a chiropractor? The chiropractor can tell you more about it than your family physician.
 

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My father just had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. First doctor had him do some stretching exercises which helped it out for a little while, but the pain and lack of movement persisted so he went to another doc for a second opinion. Turns out it was a torn rotator cuff, and surgery was needed.
 

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I never had the problem you describe in the post. That's is odd. Did you crashed during the ride or made a sharp turn on the trail. Perhaps the turn caused by your body to turn at awkward position. Have you consulted a chiropractor? The chiropractor can tell you more about it than your family physician.
No crash.... no pain... nothing that I could point to and say "oh, that's where I did it". In fact, I'm not even sure it was MTbiking that caused the problem!

My chiropractor tried to fix this through manipulation which eased the pain but didn't cure it. I luv my chiropractor!

I skipped the family physician and went right to a specialist - the ortho... who asked questions, played with my arm and took x-rays before deciding it was inflamed rotator cuff and gave me the shot.
 

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My father just had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. First doctor had him do some stretching exercises which helped it out for a little while, but the pain and lack of movement persisted so he went to another doc for a second opinion. Turns out it was a torn rotator cuff, and surgery was needed.
This is what I'm trying to avoid. The pain for the most part is gone, and I can move the arm again. I've been doing the exercises religiously and most of them don't hurt anymore.

Not knowing what I did in the first place is making me be very careful about what I do going forward.
 

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I've been dealing with rotator cuff problems since I was 12 years old, way more than half a lifetime ago, but that was from competitive swimming and bad genes. I've never had any problems with mountain biking. But since college, I keep up with the PT style exercises a couple times a week to keep my shoulders strong. I bought some small dumbells and do the exercises at home. For me, my problems stem from genetically having loose joints, so to counter that I have to keep the muscels around my problem joints (shoulders) stronger to tighten them up.

That was smart going straight to an orthopaedic surgeon. They're the only ones that can effectively diagnose and give treatment to these kind of things. I was misdiagnosed for years with tendonitis, before my parents finally took me to an ortho doctor, and he figured it out right away.
 

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Fast forward to spring skiing and I don't know what I did but I couldn't move my arm to turn out the light, swipe my parking pass, answer the phone.....

Went to the ortho earlier this week and was told it was probably an inflamed rotator cuff... a shot of cortisone, some PT type exercises and I'm feeling ALMOST 100% better.
Ask your ortho for s a script for a PT eval. Could be a couple of things, labrum, cuff/muscle tear or an inpinged nerve or simple muscle imbalance. Either way mobilizing a potentially hypermobile joint is not indicated. Have you ever dislocated your shoulder before?

Simple manual tests should be narrow it down.

What PT exercises did he give you? External rotation and or Isometrics?

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Ask your ortho for s a script for a PT eval. Could be a couple of things, labrum, cuff/muscle tear or an inpinged nerve or simple muscle imbalance. Either way mobilizing a potentially hypermobile joint is not indicated. Have you ever dislocated your shoulder before?

Simple manual tests should be narrow it down.

What PT exercises did he give you? External rotation and or Isometrics?

wayne
Ortho told me if pain didn't go away (which it mostly has) with the exercises/shot she gave that she'd send me to a PT. At this point it doesn't seem necessary.

They did an x-ray, but someone told me that you can't spot a tear without an MRI... not sure if this is true or not.

What does "mobilizing a potentially Hypermobile joint" mean in English? :)

Never dislocated my shoulder.

Re: Exercises - I've got 3 or 4 pages of them... only the external rotation ones even mildly hurt at this point, where as at the beginning of the week I was hurting doing them. They started me with a band, and told me when that stopped hurting to start using weights, which I'm guessing I'll be able to do without a problem next week. Guess that'll just become part of my routine.

I'm a big yoga freak and been holding off on going back to classes until this is 100% healed. Tried to do a downward facing dog last night and it didn't hurt per say, but the arm did speak to me. Last week the arm wouldn't have supported the weight.
 

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If you have ins, ask for the PT eval.

Xray will only show bone and old, very calcified tendon. This will show the relationship of the humerus to the scapula (arm to shoulder) but only in the position the xray was taken. This means if theres a slight sublux (dislocation) during certain movements such as reaching overhead or external rotation, it will not show on the xray.

Mri will show soft tissue damage, but are more expensive

What does "mobilizing a potentially Hypermobile joint" mean in English?
Means, if a joint is made to move thru a range of 1-10 and for some reason(injury, genetic laxity) the joint moves to 1-11 there is no reason to use over-pressure(mobilizing) to move the joint to 1-12.

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maggie said:
any body ever have problems with rotator cuff injuries because of MTbiking?

I started MTbiking last spring. By early summer I was experiencing some pain in my front deltoid. One day trying to unload the bike from the roof rack the arm just stopped working and I had a bike on my head. A few adjustments on the handlebars seemed to make everything a bit better . The ache would flare up every now and then, but nothing that backing off and a few "vitamin I's" couldn't help.

Fast forward to spring skiing and I don't know what I did but I couldn't move my arm to turn out the light, swipe my parking pass, answer the phone.....

Went to the ortho earlier this week and was told it was probably an inflamed rotator cuff... a shot of cortisone, some PT type exercises and I'm feeling ALMOST 100% better.

Just wondering if anyone else experiences this problem through riding and what they've done to counter the effect. I'm waiting for the arm to heal up and the mud to dry. I don't want my MTbking effected by my shoulder since I've already lost the rest of the ski season to it ~pout
If you crash and land on your shoulder, it is quite easy and common to tear a rotator cuff. I did it last August and have not had surgery. Healing is going on and can take a full year with bouts of discomfort, pain, etc... for many months and months as the healing is taking place. Surgery may help some tears, but others may not improve much from the surgery depending on the amount of damage.

Did you fall biking or skiing that had you landing on your shoulder in the past year or so?

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