Quite a few people have asked me about my shoulder, for which I’m grateful. After telling this to the fifth person, I thought maybe doing a brief post on it might be worthwhile for any online friends who might ever need to deal with something similar.
If you didn’t see my previous posts, several months ago, I endured a couple of months of searing shoulder pain. Attempts to improve the situation with physical therapy exercising only seemed to make it worse. At one point, it was looking like I might need surgery. But now, things appear to be looking much better.
In short, the physical therapy exercises finally did their thing, but only after I made a crucial alteration. Just about every prescription I got from doctors and therapists insisted that the resistance exercises needed to be done three times a week, or once every two days. But doing it that way only increased my pain over time.
I gradually discovered that doing the exercises every fourth day provided enough time for my shoulder to recover and strengthen. If you ever read any bodybuilding books or websites, this isn’t a radical strategy. Many modern trainers only exercise the same body part every 4-5 days, and once every week isn’t unusual. The old guidelines of working out three times a week seem to be somewhat dated. But it doesn’t seem to have seeped in yet to the physical therapy world.
So, if you ever find yourself doing medically prescribed physical therapy resistance exercises, and they don’t appear to be helping, consider increasing the rest time between the workouts. Three days gave my shoulder enough time to recover, but it was only when I increased the time to four days that I seriously started healing. Of course, you should always talk it over with your therapist, but consider finding a new one if they reflexively dismiss the idea.
So, that’s the situation. Much better than the last time I posted on this.