About two weeks ago, life had a few extras stressors – estate sales, moving family members into new homes, and more. My right shoulder started acting up with a case of tendonitis, which happens every so often as a result of overuse (basically adjusting people for years and years has taken it’s toll on my right shoulder, so I have to be careful with it). This time, instead of being able to rest and recover, we decided to help my dad with a remodel in a small bathroom.
On Tuesday, I used too much force as we were trying to tighten a pipe, and ended up straining my neck, pulling ribs out, and worsening my inflamed shoulder. I was in a good amount of pain where I wasn’t able to sleep, and my arm burned from my neck all the way down to my right elbow. The following day, my chiropractor adjusted me, and the knife-like feeling behind my right shoulder blade was relieved. That night, I iced and massaged the area, and that helped a little.
By Thursday, I still in quite a bit of pain. This time, both shoulder blades and my neck released tension, and the pain reduced noticeably. After a half hour massage, I went back to helping with the bathroom remodeling. Thursday night, I iced my neck and right shoulder, but ended up in horrible pain all night, unable to sleep. Thankfully, I was not working the next day due to the office being closed for Good Friday, and I went to Urgent Care. The pain was becoming unbearable, and I wanted a second opinion to make sure that nothing else was wrong.
Urgent Care completed a thorough workup and found nothing else wrong other than what I suspected, as well as tendonitis in my bicep muscles. They prescribed an anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxer, which I took as recommended. They did seem to help a little, though I hadn’t taken the medications before and wasn’t sure what to expect. After a week of taking the medication and working normally, with continued icing, massages, and, of course, adjustments, I’m on the mend. I have, however, learned a few lessons that I want to share:
- Overuse injuries can return and with increased stress can worsen to intense pain.
- You can have multiple injuries and conditions occurring at the same time.
- The healing process takes time. It’s been three weeks and I’m about 60% improved, but still continuing my treatments for a full recovery.
- Follow doctor recommendations! If rest is recommended, you should rest, not aggravate the injury by doing the same activity that hurt it in the first place.
I have several Chiropractor buddies in the area who are always willing to adjust me, and I have to say, sometimes certain injuries require daily adjustments. I was getting adjusted every day for almost two weeks before things started to become tolerable again. And each time I’d get an adjustment, I really needed it! The doctor always confirmed that my neck had resubluxated itself (when an adjustment does not “hold” for any length of time, it’s often caused by a weakening of the muscles due to injury).