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Hey everyone,

I'm a long time paddler and I have developed shoulder pain. I don't feel that I have lost strength however the pain has forced me to be more cautious on the river. This pain is not the result of any trauma that I'm aware of, most likely it's years of wear a tear. Any suggestions on what I should do to rehab my shoulders? Has anyone overcome a similar issue?

Thanks jim
 

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check out a good physical therapist. Find one by word of mouth, recommendations.
 

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I had some nagging pain a couple years ago. I think it started with a rough day of playboating, but it took forever to go away. The thing that I found helped the most was probably backpaddling to build rotator cuff strength. I'd say 50-100 backstrokes at some point during your paddling day would help a lot.

My wife also had some shoulder pain, and hers was due to an impingement if I remember right. She had developed a muscle imbalance where the front part of her shoulder was stronger than the back part, or vice versa, and this pinched a nerve or something, or held her shoulder in a painful position a lot of the time. It was a while ago, and I can't remember the details. She saw a doctor and got a list of the specific shoulder exercises to strengthen the weaker parts of her shoulder. Once she did that, her problems cleared up a lot faster than mine had.
 

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Ditto on finding a PT.

You've been paddling since 1970, you must be an old guy... The PT will give you some exercises to build muscle and strengthen tendons. Once the pain is manageable, go find yourself a Personal Trainer to get you on a weight regiment. It does not need to be anything fancy, but you will need to continue building muscle in order to do the stuff you want to do...
 

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Great suggestions, as for cheap health car you first have to find a doctor, not easily done up here.
 

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I'd recommend seeing a doctor. Shoulder pain could be any of a number of things. Could be ligment tear, could be inflamation, could be impingement. PT can help some of these, but not all.

To me, its best to know what the exact problem is before you attempt to solve it.
 
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