Daily Mobility Exercises by Dr. Kelly Starrett Forums General “Permanent” Rotator Cuff Injury

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      AvatarBill Grogan

      Alright so I will try and keep this short.  I competed in bodybuilding shows as a teenager, I am now 24.  Basically I started feeling like one of my “lats” was tighter than the other and it eventually happened to the other one also.  I eventually learned it was my rotator cuff and somewhere in the teres minor region.  I have been to chiropractors, orthopedics, ART specialists, physical therapists, and physios (yes plural on all of them).  I have been told consistently that this is a permanent injury that will never go away, possibly tendinitis.   

      My symptoms are that my internal rotation is terrible.  There is 24/7 pain at a level three in the area on my back right under my armpit.  My “lats” are constantly tight, like I just worked them out.  It is difficult to open a can and my mobility in that area is difficult for every day life.  Additionally, as a result I believe, I have pain in my biceps, side shoulder, and lower back.
      Please, any help you all can offer.  I have been doing all types of mobility exercises with lacrosse balls, voodoo floss, bands, and a lot of different stretches.  Nothing seems to work.
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      It may be “a permanent injury that will never go away”, however, you can improve your experience with mobility work. I was told several things from an accident would never change, however there was change and several are in a better place than pre accident.
      From Episode 11
      “Your body is one constantly adapting system. It has the capacity for
      change at any age or situation. Your machine is infinitely sensitive to
      change and will always just reflect whatever you throw at it.

      Take home: You can always improve. Always.”

      If you are working on things and not seeing change time to take another look at how you are addressing it.
      Are you working up/down stream from where you are seeing the issue?
      Pro Episode # 21 – Pro-User Request Friday: Not Seeing The Change? You Need a Systems Approach.
      A couple to start with:
      Start with addressing internal rotation
      The 500th Video; Great Sub-Scap Shoulder Smash Drill
      Episode 297: Liquid Kayak Camp and Lat Hell
      email me [email protected] and I’ll send you some additional ways to address it.

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