As it turns out, he too went to Dr. Betty Mancao for consultation and therapy. And he said to give it MORE time because his shoulder took like 5 to 6 months to completely heal. Whoa!
This past few days was like a milestone coz I’ve definely felt a better range of motion when putting my right arm overhead. In fact my right arm can bend overhead backwards enough to scratch my back. Of course it helps if I warm it up a little bit.
Now, I'm able to stretch my back and arms at the office. Stretching was still painful last week. Also, I can now sleep much much better at home.
Here’s what I’ve noticed that helped so far in my recovery.
- Quit swimming temporarily.
- Take some anti-inflammatory pain-relievers like Mobic when there is pain only.
- Warm up the shoulder and the back before stretching and doing the therapy exercises.
- Do the CORRECT therapy exercises - this to me sped-up the healing process. (more on this in another entry).
And then I stumbled on a thread in a discussion forum for swimmers how shoulder physical therapy takes quite some time. The thread to the forum may be seen here and a snippet to that thread is show below:
Gosh, six months? But with what I’ve experience firsthand, I suppose the estimate isn't far-fetched.