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Old 07-12-2004   #11
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Your best bet is to listen to your pain. Pain is an indicator of worse things to come. If it hurts alot, then ease off the paddling for a week or two. When it feels better, then work on strengthening the tendons with light excersize. Be aware of your condition. I know it sounds stupid, but alot of people will continue to do activities that result in chronic pain. That's when you'll end up under the knife. Try getting some advice from your school's Med center or Med school professors.

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Get some health insurance, even if you can't afford it. It's well worth the cost.

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Old 07-12-2004   #13
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All good advice.

One thing to add: sounds like you have the pain primarily in one shoulder--I'm guessing it's your onside shoulder. If you improve your offside roll and use it more often, you'll be putting less strain on your onside shoulder.

This worked for me. I tore some cartilage in my right (onside) shoulder around five years ago. Around that time I began experiencing strained rotator cuff pain, too. I now roll on both sides and am usually pain-free. An added benefit to being comfortable rolling both directions is that it allows you to "go with the flow" rather than crank on a roll against the current.
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Old 07-13-2004   #14
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I understand the no insurance thing. I did it for a while and I found Doctors to be very cool about working around that. Shoulder guy only charged me $50 for a diagnosis if I paid that day and I only went to rehab every two weeks and did the work on my own. $35. So for $85 I got first rate advice and a program to fix my problem. You gotta ask yourself is it worth $100 bucks to get back to it?

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