MISSION STATEMENT: Welcome to my Blog! My goal with this blog is to inform and to inspire my sixty plus readers! You are never to old to exercise! Keep moving! All opinions, thoughts and statements are mine based on 69 years of living! Injuries and surgeries past and present will be discussed! If I recommend a product or a lifestyle change it is something that I myself have used or have experienced! All nutrients and supplements I recommend may appear to be harmless but please check with your MD! Some may interfere with your current medications! This blog will be ongoing! Posts will be made when I feel I have worthwhile opinions, thoughts and statements! I may go back and review past posts to make changes if I feel necessary! Before undertaking any exercise routine please check with your health care provider!






Friday, August 5, 2016

SLAP TEAR

Having posted about persistent shoulder issues over the past year another diagnosis has been made! No longer is it a shoulder impingement which was the first diagnosis! After another MRI, the first one had very poor resolution according to my orthopedist, the re-diagnosis is a SLAP Tear! SLAP is an acronym for Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior! The good news: no rotator cuff issues! Your upper arm fits into a socket called the glenoid, the outside edge of the glenoid is the labrum, a strong fibrous tissue that helps stabilize the shoulder joint and also serves as an attachment point for many of the ligaments of the shoulder, as well as one of the tendons from the biceps muscle in the arm! Hence my earlier self diagnosis of bicep tendonitis! The cause in my case is probably repeated overhead motion and the wearing down with age! The symptoms of SALP tears are very similar to other shoulder problems: pain with movement, pain with lifting, a decrease with shoulder strength, decrease with range of motion! My treatment will continue to be physical therapy, gentle stretching, over-the-counter ibuprofen or naproxen and common sense which I need to heed at the gym! My doctor told me that arthroscopic surgery will be my decision! If my SLAP Tear interferes with my lifestyle or the pain increases I will have it done!
I knew something was wrong beside an impingement, impingements do not last a year! KNOW YOUR BODY! I was told many years ago I had a rib strain, I insisted the doctor take another x-ray  from another angle, the final diagnosis- a cracked rib! If something appears out of the ordinary go to the doctor and don't be afraid to speak up!