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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Copersino View Post
    Does all this strike you as reasonable?
    Not at all. You have been doing something to irritate the shoulder, and you don't know what it is. Or you have an osteophyte on your distal clavicle that needs to be removed. PT for scapula stability and RC strength works exactly how, and somehow better than barbell training?

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    Thanks, Rip.

    Re an osteophyte, they took several x-rays today - would a bone spur have shown up? The doc didnít mention seeing one.

    As for how I got the impingement: correct, I donít know. I *suspect* a combination of 1) curved acromia (this is my 4th impingement in either arm since the 80s), 2) adding unnecessary crap this winter that irritated the shoulder over a couple of weeks (lateral delt raise and chest flyes; never again), and 3) being 56.

    But youíre right - I donít have a definitive cause and he didnít offer one. Would you recommend calling him back?

    As to why he prescribed PT, I didnít quite understand his explanation. To paraphrase, something like: ďbarbell lifts are important for adding strength but in addition the RC are Ďfinesseí muscles that require lighter, specialized exercisesĒ.

    Do you call bullshit or does that sound like a reasonable description of what a bum RC needs?

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    An MRI is diagnostic for a bone spur, not a plain-film x-ray. It is amusing that he thinks "finesse" muscles are not recruited in heavy exercises. You need a better surgeon.

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    Ok, thanks. Iíll see about getting an mri to rule out bone spurs. Re the suggestion I need a new orthopod, thatís disappointing but understood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Copersino View Post
    Ok, thanks. I’ll see about getting an mri to rule out bone spurs. Re the suggestion I need a new orthopod, that’s disappointing but understood.
    Better now than later.

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    Your Orthopaedic surgeon referred you to PT because there is nothing he can operate on, therefore, you were punted to a lower service for it to be their problem. You donít need another ortho surgeon, as there is very little chance the assessment is going to be different between surgeons. Instead of doctor shopping, maybe find an experienced coach who knows how to work around injuries.

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