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Old 09-19-2012, 12:24 AM
 
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I've had bad rotator cuff issues for a few years. Had some injections, did PT for awhile. Injections helpe, PT not much. I've had an acupuncture provider and a chiropractor recommended.

Anyone with this issue tried either treatment? Same question with trigger finger & knee problems. Any feedback welcome.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:24 AM
 
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I've had bad rotator cuff issues for a few years. Had some injections, did PT for awhile. Injections helpe, PT not much. I've had an acupuncture provider and a chiropractor recommended.

Anyone with this issue tried either treatment? Same question with trigger finger & knee problems. Any feedback welcome.
I have had severe problems with both rotator cuffs. The right one has a tear in one tendon. I too found the usual physiotherapy a waste of time and money, cortisone injections (2 two weeks apart) worked well in the right shoulder. I did not need it in the left.

I bought a book Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff by Jim Johnson, PT. and I found the program was very helpful, and I did it exactly as described. I have no relationship with the author, and I would recommend trying the plan in the book. It is an inexpensive large size paperback.

I have used chiropractors for other things, I would not let one near this problem! Good luck.
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:45 AM
 
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Thanks, I will look into that. I may not have had these issues if I still shot a bow every day. I did that during my teens & early adulthood, several days a week at least. Few other activities give that same motion as drawing the bowstring. Works muscles from wrist through shoulder. I need to work that into my routines now.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:03 AM
 
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I have had 2-3 fingers injectex for trigger finger symptoms. The symptoms were extremely painful when my finger seized up, almost like a childbirth contraction. The injections hurt at the moment of injection but the relief was immediate and I have never had another problem in those fingers.

I have also had arthroscopic knee repair of ameniscus tear. It was same day surgery, took a short time and didn't hurt. I was sent home with instructions for icing it and doing some exercises the next day. That was on Fri. On Mon when I returned to the surgeon, I was wwalking normally with no pain. I did everything I was told to do. I have had no more problems with that knee.

I would not let a chiropracter near anything but a muscle sprain.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Durham
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I have had 2-3 fingers injectex for trigger finger symptoms. The symptoms were extremely painful when my finger seized up, almost like a childbirth contraction. The injections hurt at the moment of injection but the relief was immediate and I have never had another problem in those fingers.

I have also had arthroscopic knee repair of ameniscus tear. It was same day surgery, took a short time and didn't hurt. I was sent home with instructions for icing it and doing some exercises the next day. That was on Fri. On Mon when I returned to the surgeon, I was wwalking normally with no pain. I did everything I was told to do. I have had no more problems with that knee.

I would not let a chiropracter near anything but a muscle sprain.
Thanks for this. I had finger injections several times also. Would help for awhile. I use the gin & raisin treatment for my knees & get some help from it. I have had injections in them too.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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If you haven't already done so, you might want to investigate Dr. Loren Fishman's yoga technique for alleviating rotator cuff pain.
It's been written up in PT journals and covered by mainstream media, including Jane Brody at the NYT.

Biscuitpop had the repair surgery 15 months ago, following a fall that caused a nasty tear in his rotator cuff. The post-op downtime was a hassle but he's made a complete recovery - full range/use of the shoulder and nary a single lingering side effect.
edit to clarify: He didn't do the Fishman technique. Rather he only underwent the conventional post-op PT. He did however, continue the PT for several weeks past the prescribed period (paying for it out of his own pocket) because he felt the PT was doing him a lot of good.
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