- Lian Yun-Perng, Physiotherapist
Recovering from My Shoulder Injury
I was involved in a motor vehicle incident (19/3/2019) where I fell off my bike at around 80 km/h and slid on the road for around 70 metres. I could remember clearly that I most of my weight was on my left side as I slid. Here's my torn clothing:
This incident resulted with some scratches and wounds on my right knuckles, both palms, left forearm, left hip, left knee, and on my left ribs/ back. Sorry, I didn't take any photos of my hip and knee.
I thought I only had minor injuries but my other injuries surfaced the next day and here's the timeline:
Day 1: Mostly bleeding and plasma fluid on my wounds. Showering wasn't that bad.
Day 2: Same as before but there was more pain when I moved. Showering was intense; much more painful than Day 1. Now ,this is when my shoulder pain started. My left trapezius was spasming and I had weakness on my left shoulder and it was painful when I moved.
I could only do left shoulder abduction to 90 degrees and my strength was 2/5. Painful arc sign was positive.
Day 7 to 14: Wounds were healing and scars were forming. Left shoulder had less pain with abduction but still couldn't go above 90 degrees. Funny thing is: Left shoulder abduction with internal rotation was pain free.
Push ups were also painful on left shoulder and it was incomplete.
Day 15 to 30: Wounds have healed 90%. Left shoulder much better. I have full range of movement but still weak with Abduction and there is shoulder pain at end range if I use a 5kg dumbbell for shoulder press.
Able to do push ups with no issues.
6 weeks: Left shoulder movement around the same at Day 30. Only pain at end range with weights. Otherwise, everything seems normal.
I will update as time goes by. I will share my journey on how I self- managed and what you can do too if you have a shoulder injury.