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Rehabilitation

Pulled muscle in my shoulder

05/17/2007

Question:

I fell down the stairs and pulled a muscle in my shoulder. That was about two weeks ago and I still have pain. Last week my doctor gave me Norflex which helped alot but my ROM is not the same as it was before. I also have RA and OA. I don`t want my shoulder to freeze up so when is a good time to start some exercise on it and is there any websites that teaches how to exercise it?

Answer:

Your doctor is suggesting pharmacologic approaches to the pain. This is a temporary approach that may or may not alleviate the actual causes of your pain. We suggest that you see a physiatrist (a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation) who uses non invasive, non pharmacologic approaches to coordinate a physical therapy regimen that includes exercises.

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Response by:

Stephen J Page, PhD Stephen J Page, PhD
Director of Research, Associate Professor
Drake Center
University of Cincinnati