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Severe shoulder pain after an injury long back - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi,I have been experiencing shoulder pain. Many years ago I had a 50 pound steel door drop onto the top of my shoulder from about 18 inches above my shoulder. It was a work injury, upon going to be checked at that time they said they found nothing wrong. But ever since that time I have been hearing and feeling popping and grinding come from my shoulder while moving my arms up or in circular motions. Fast forward to about 2 to 3 months ago I started noticing reduced movement, weakness, pain while try to lift. Over the past 2 to 3 months it has been getting progressively worse. As of now I cannot rotate it in a circular motion. There are times I cannot even raise my right arm; right now anything involving pushing or pulling causes severe pain. Moving it in a circular motion now I get about a quarter of the way before severe pain occours and it also feels like something is preventing it from moving past that point. I don't know or understand what is going on. Any help would be appreciated. I am 36 year old male.
Doctor :   hi.
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   there is restriction of movements as described by you.
Doctor :   further evaluation would involve an MRI of the affected shoulder to look for tissue changes and adhesions or spurs associated which is leading to restricted movement
Doctor :   have you got yourself examined by your doctor/orthopedician?
User :   No, because as of right now I am without health insurance.
Doctor :   then i would advise you to get listed with any of the 'free clinics', these take care of the medical needs of people who do not have insurance.
Doctor :   you will require a thorough examination by an orthopedician to document the exact loss in the range of movement
Doctor :   along with a MRI to look for possible changes that might have affected the joint cavity
Doctor :   based on the examination findings and investigation findings, the further plan of treatment can be chalked out
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
Doctor :   to locate a free clinic, you can viist this link: Doctor :   WWW.WWWW.WW User :   Yes, and the free clinics never crossed my mind. Thats a very good idea and thank you for the link.
Doctor :   you are welcome.
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   Now my next thing is how likely is to regain or reverse the problems?
Doctor :   the answer to your question would depend on the examination findings and investigation findings
Doctor :   since I am not examining you personally, i would not be able to comment on this
Doctor :   if the problem is found to be due to adhesions or spur, it can be treated surgically
Doctor :   if the problem is found to be arthritis related, conservative treatment could be tried.
User :   What are adhesions and spurs?
Doctor :   these are formed within the soft tissue surrounding the joint or in the joint cavity as result of injury
Doctor :   adhesions are soft tissue in origin
Doctor :   and spurs are bony in origin
User :   I understand now, thank you so much you have been a great help.
Doctor :   physiotherapy helps to control symptoms temporarily
Doctor :   and post surgical intervention helps to get back to normal faster
Doctor :   discuss these also with your healthcare provider
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   nope not at this time
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please chat with our doctors 24/7 for medical queries. Please refer your friends to our service.
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