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    I've recently been diagnosed with bursitis in one of my shoulders.
    If you don't know what that is it's basically a build up of fluid in the joint, movement of the joint compresses the fluid and causes pain. Lots of pain.
    I think I've had it for quite a few years in both shoulders but since taking up a couple of hobbies that are hard on the joint (archery, bmx) one of them has deteriorated quite quickly.

    I have been to my gp, had the xrays, ultrasound, cortisone and have made little progress.
    I am now at the point where I have to see a specialist.
    I have a referral but I would like to know of any particular success stories or recommendations for shoulder specialists.

  • #2
    Not that i'd recommend it, but I've self-rehabbed' a couple of shoulder niggles. (Impingement and torn labrum(not at the same time)).

    4 years ago:
    After the labrum injury made things really clicky and painful, i went in hunt of a specialist.
    Dr told me i probably needed surgery (anchors) and i'd never have full strength.

    Now:
    Back to 95%, can military press 80'(etc) without spending the next 3 days in agony, no surgery.

    What:
    rehab work:
    Cuban presses & raises with light dumbells.

    When it's not painful to move past 90 degrees, strengthening work:
    Light Strict military presses, pushing shoulders to full extension at the top (mark rippetoe has a good clip for this).
    Strict Pull ups (banded if your form falls apart after a couple) or hanging.

    While shit's painful:

    Don't aggravate it by doing silly/specific things (bench pressing, push ups or any 'push' work while your shoulder is impinged or unstable).
    Don't sleep on it. Use a pillow so you don't roll on to it at night.
    Don't completely immobilise it unless you've dislocated it.

    I can't recommend any specialists because no-one i saw was helpful. At all. Even the penis that gave me the ultrasound was annoying to deal with.

    I also recommend consulting a doctor that's actually studied sports physiology before listening to any of the shit i spout.

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    • #3
      I had a gp diagnose bursitis when what I had was a complete supraspinatus tear. The delay in operation did not help.

      All good nearly 10 years later but the first 4 or 5 years I thought it would never be any good. Went to Perth Sportsmedical in West Perth. Greg Janes.

      Bursitits can indicate something is deteriorating especially where you have had pain for some time. The tendons can be slowly tearing.

      In my case because of bone spurs that develop as getting older and gnarlier. Finished it off with an acute tear from a physical injury.

      For me, the other shoulder will deteriorate and at some stage a bit of the bone can be ground off to stop the damage.
      The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by AZAZL View Post
        I had a gp diagnose bursitis when what I had was a complete supraspinatus tear.
        My gp took a best guess with the diagnosis then referred me to get an ultrasound which confirmed it.
        Nothing on the xrays.
        At it's worst, prior to cortisone, I would have a constant dull pain down the length of my arm. Unable to lift my arm above the shoulder line at all.
        Post cortisone I don't have the constant pain and have regained some motion i.e., I can lift my arm above the shoulder line. But all it takes is do lift, twist or hold my arm a certain way and I'm in agony again.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rgvlee View Post
          My gp took a best guess with the diagnosis then referred me to get an ultrasound which confirmed it.
          Nothing on the xrays.
          At it's worst, prior to cortisone, I would have a constant dull pain down the length of my arm. Unable to lift my arm above the shoulder line at all.
          Post cortisone I don't have the constant pain and have regained some motion i.e., I can lift my arm above the shoulder line. But all it takes is do lift, twist or hold my arm a certain way and I'm in agony again.
          I had similar pain windsurfing. I had a shot of cortizone and it was great but returned after a month. I had a second shot but also changed my grip from overhand to underhand and the problem never returned.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by agrid View Post
            I had similar pain windsurfing. I had a shot of cortizone and it was great but returned after a month. I had a second shot but also changed my grip from overhand to underhand and the problem never returned.
            I was suffering from bursitis on the side of my foot most of the last year causing a lot of pain when walking or standing for extended periods which is not uncommon in my job
            Got to the point I'd hardly be able to do anything or wear shoes so was wearing sandals/thongs most of the time on my days off
            Got a cortisone injection end of November last year but only lasted a month before pain came back, went back in February and had another and it's been fine so far

            As far as shoulders I had an injury restraining a crim a few years back and tore the rotator cuff and injured the AC joint
            Took over a year of ~ twice weekly physio and several cortisone injections before I got back to some semblance of normal motion and strength but it was nearly 2 years before I had full strength and ~95% range of motion back Bloody glad it was done under WC and not just a sporing injury
            The guys at Jenkins Physio in Kingsway did a great job with the physio and home/work exercises and that combined with stretching under a hot shower against the wall helped greatly
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            • #7
              Sounds very much like adhesive capsulitis.
              In any case, the mob in the undercroft @ SJOG in Subiaco are excellent.
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              • #8
                My mate went to http://www.perthortho.com.au/greg-hogan.html and said he was very good.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by agrid View Post
                  My mate went to http://www.perthortho.com.au/greg-hogan.html and said he was very good.
                  Same place Greg Janes is at. Been there for 2 knees and 2 shoulders. And an ankle.

                  And going there next week for a leg and ankle...
                  The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe.

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                  • #10
                    I was diagnosed with busitis last year on my left shoulder.
                    Hurt like a motherfucker.

                    I had an xray which confirmed it, and was told to get the steroid injection.
                    then a friend told me to try theracurmin.. its a pill that you get from the chemists.
                    That seemed to work perfectly for me, a couple of days taking it and i was fine...

                    Not sure if i was misdiagnosed, ro what happened, but not had any issues since.

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                    • #11
                      Dad has had shoulder operations 2 or 3 times now and he thoroughly recommends Dr Peter Campbell as one of the best in Perth, works out of St. John of God.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by moshriff View Post
                        Dad has had shoulder operations 2 or 3 times now and he thoroughly recommends Dr Peter Campbell as one of the best in Perth, works out of St. John of God.
                        +1000
                        he cost a fortune, but worth it

                        i had damage to bone surfaces and cartilige or some shit because I do lots of stupid things, and they rubbed and made epic owies - which was resolved temporaily by either draining shit out, or injecting roids in

                        campbell did some fancy doctor type with knives n sandpaper n stuff and 're-mated' the bits (a shabadoo translation of the doctory term)
                        10 years on, 2 more broken shoulders and a dislocation and still no recurring issues

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                        • #13
                          Don't think I'll ever bother with an ultrasound again. An MRI wasn't too much more and is so much more accurate at picturing the damage - I've had some interesting tears lately that had no chance of being picked up by X-Ray or Ultrasound. Without this information I would still be faffing about trying to work out why physio wasn't working.
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                          • #14
                            Had bursitis which was diagnosed through MRI. Went to physio to do all sort of treatment and then a couple of cortisone injections didn't fix it.
                            GP sent me to Michael Edwards for keyhole surgery at Mercy Hospital and has been doing presses without any issue since then.

                            Years later he fixed my old man's torn shoulder ligament that was in pretty bad shape because previous Dr's & physios misdiagnosed thus left untreated for some time. He is now back playing tennis.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Loud View Post
                              Don't think I'll ever bother with an ultrasound again. An MRI wasn't too much more and is so much more accurate at picturing the damage - I've had some interesting tears lately that had no chance of being picked up by X-Ray or Ultrasound.
                              Yeah but it's much harder to get a referral and takes longer to get in for an MRI in my experience and can cost you whereas an X-Ray can be done straight away and an U/S can only be a few days and cost you nothing (ATM) For sure if they don't work then get an MRI, with the bursa on my foot the U/S picked it up fine it just took 2 lots of injections to come good
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                              Originally posted by Phildo
                              Noted. We'll check back on that one in three years
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