Boxing has been great for me, getting me in amazing shape physically, but injuries have set me back. First, I suffered with a bout of rhabdomyolysis, which I completely recovered from. Now, an old and unrelated injury has come back to haunt me.
Years ago, back in college, I damaged my rotator cuff while weightlifting. There’s no reason why I never got it fixed, save absent-mindedness or youthful delusions of immortality. You can probably chalk it up to me being “young and dumb”. Years and years passed and I either ignored, dealt with, hid, or otherwise put the pain and complications of the shoulder injury into a cognitive black hole: I just didn’t deal with it.
Despite my unwillingness to address the injury, time and circumstances took their toll on the rotator cuff and the surrounding tissue. The battery of trauma that I experienced over the last several years is what I believe caused the recent and cataclysmic flareup in my shoulder. During that period, I renovated three different floors in my house from top to bottom, shoveled every few days during the blizzards that hit New York City, uprooted the side yard, and braved the bitter, cold seasons without having adequate layers for warmth. The shoulder was taking significant abuse and was not getting sufficient recovery.
I suffered an unexpected injury in the beginning of September that partially crippled me for several days and had me all but incapacitated for one month. After initially believing that I had Sciatica (because of the pain that I was in), the doctor correctly diagnosed me with Calcific Tendonitis. Secondarily, I have rotator cuff damage, nerve damage, and shoulder impingement that complicated my problem. I may be going out on a limb, but it even appears that I have a detached medial (lateral) deltoid head.
So far, I’ve gone through a month of physical therapy and have made remarkable progress. I was attending twice per week but am entering my second month where I attend once per week. I have to take an MRI in two weeks and it’ll show what kind of damage that I truly have, not what I believe I have.
The road to recovery is a long one, but I plan to take the road as completely as possible. I do my rehabilitation exercises at home (basic stretches using a Thera-Band® Exercise Band), as well as hydrotherapy. Have you overcome a shoulder injury? Let me know what you did, as I’d be interested in trying other effective recovery methods. Read More