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Another medical visit 
24th-Jan-2011 02:09 pm
Last week I started a few months of medical visits -- I'm now at 2 down 3 or 4 (depending on how you count the blood draw) to go. I was musing as I walked back to work that my copay is somewhere between my 1 day net and my 1 day gross salary at my first "real" job.

This problem arose during the holiday trip. I didn't know if it was because of too much knitting (repetitive stress) or too much hauling of too heavy bags between too many trains on too many short connections. I mentioned the possibilities, and he didn't finger either of those (and I didn't force it).

2 problems. The first one, which we'll be treating (with exercise at first, and then PT if that fails) is my rotator cuff. The second one is my "AC". I asked what that stood for, and while he answered me, what I remember is "just remember AC -- it's easier". The hope is that if I make my rotator cuff happy, my AC issues will also disappear. (If it doesn't, there's this injection...)

I have 2 more thera-bands (yellow and red) and 3 new exercises:
- close the knot at the end of the band into a door at or below shoulder height. Hold, thumb up and pull away from the door.
- Now do the same thing facing in the other direction. One will exercise one set of muscles, the other one another.
- Step on the knot, and with the arm straight, thumb up. and the arm at about 10 degrees forward of out to the side, pull up -- only "to the horizon" -- not over my head.

10 to 20 pulls, 1 time per day, 4-7 days per week.

And bless his heart, he suggested that I do these on BOTH arms
24th-Jan-2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
When I hurt my foot last spring, I did my PT on both sides, S^3: "Support Surrounding Structures."

This helps prevent the same type of damage on the other side of the body, (more likely when one is favoring the side you first hurt.)
24th-Jan-2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
And I hope you feel better quickly!
25th-Jan-2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! JanMagic spent a bit of time working on my right shoulder at ConFusion... and then on the left she found an AMAZING knot. I've probably been abusing the one while favoring the other.
25th-Jan-2011 05:19 am (UTC)
At a guess, "AC" would be the acromio-clavicular joint. It's where the shoulder end of your collar bone attaches to the piece of your shoulder-blade that sticks forward to meet it. AC issues can cause pain in the shoulder joint, and cause stability problems if there's a separation of sufficient size.

Ah, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acromioclavicular_joint
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25th-Jan-2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks both. And yeah, that looks like the right place for the other set of pain he noted.
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