I injured my shoulder playing volleyball (3 consecutive days playing) about 7 weeks ago. It is a sharp pain when I go to hit a ball over my head or raise my arm up and back. There is tenderness on the anterior and superior regions and my upper trapezius seems to fatigue more than normal. I stopped any overhead activities for 6 weeks but the discomfort is still present during certain activities (volleyball) but not at night or during rest). I assume this may be tendonitis or impingement but I am concerned it may be something worse. I was wondering if I should see a doctor for possible tear? or perform some home care first: ice, NSAIDS, rubber band exercises, stretching (sleeper stretch recommended?) and see if anything improves. I would appreciate any advice.
Sounds more like either a SLAP tear or Anterior instability. While rotator cuff strengthening may be a part of your rehab, there arte other factors to consider, particularly a scapular stabilization program to insure that your glenoid moves in the correct relationship to your humeral head. I would go ahead and be seen first, if physical exam and possibly an MRI arthrogram points towards a torn labrum, it may be better to have that fixed before doing PT
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