Surfing and Stand Up Paddling as Zen arts.
Written by Len Barrow and Robert Stehlik. Focus and paying attention to technique, equipment, mental aspects, the interplay with nature and others.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Dealing with a Stand Up Paddle related shoulder injury
Stand Up Paddling can be hard on the shoulders, here is a video with some tips for dealing with an injury:
In these two videos I talk about a shoulder injury I have been dealing with for over a year and what worked for me. I hope this helps others.
I will not repeat everything in the videos but some things not mentioned are the many things I tried to treat the injury, including: rest, icing, heat, stretching, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage, taping the shoulder, pain relieving gels (Arnica gel) and rubs, not sleeping on the affected shoulder, and more.
While all these helped, I feel like the main key to recovery are the PT rotator cuff exercises shown in the video. I'm not saying not to try everything else, especially to relieve pain and discomfort but in my experience, the exercises were the most helpful to recover.
My doctor thinks the pain is caused by Bursitis, as well as possible damage to the rotator cuff muscles and tendonitis. This link has good information on Bursitis and how to treat it, if you are interested in reading more about it:
My doctor recommended trying a Cortisone injection if the PT did not help but since my injury has improved greatly since starting the exercises I have been able to avoid and injection. So, if you think you may have a similar injury caused by paddling, or if you want to prevent this type of injury, I highly recommend making these rotator cuff muscle strengthening exercises part of your training regimen.
Please note that I am not a doctor or expert on this subject. Since your injury may be different than mine, I recommend seeing a doctor and/or physical therapist. Don't do any of these exercises if they are painful and make sure to keep good posture and form when doing the exercises. When I was doing research on this subject I found that these physical therapy exercises were not posted online, it is how the PT's make a living after all, which is why I decided to make this video, I hope it helps others treat and prevent injury sooner.
I'm happy to answer any questions, feel free to post a comment.
Robert Stehlik www.blueplanetsurf.com Here is another video that explains the importance of strengthening the rotator cuff muscles and I totally agree: