YES YES YES! My shoulder will be ok – birthday hydrodilation injection to release my shoulder

I’m so happy I can barely write! Please bear with me whilst I get out all my emotions on here. 😀

So over the past few months I have had a lot trouble with my stiff shoulder. If I were to put my arm in a lollipop lady STOP sign pose, I just can’t rotate my shoulder backwards any further. This has been very frustrating because I’ve done my rehab and had massage and it hasn’t made much difference to the stiffness pain. Don’t get me wrong, massage has especially it’s made a great difference to my overall shoulder movement but there is still that underlying stiffness right in there that neither rehab nor massage can fix. Anyone having a shoulder operation out there – MASSAGE IS VERY IMPORTANT, particularly in the latissimus dorsi. I wish I had had much more massage from the start to save a lot of uncomfortable pain. A big thanks to my massage buddy Alex Nwenwu who has put up with me squirming about on the massage bed for the majority of this year and also Michael Allen who’s made a great difference in the latter couple of months too.

SO! About a month ago Alex found a lump around where the deltoid tuberosity is which I then thought the pain was coming from. All sorts were suggested by many people – bone calcification, something broken off, a muscle tear….so. There was no other choice but to come back to the library of information Mr Len Funk #shouldergod

Man, it was good to see him again! He had an Italian shoulder surgeon with him observing the consultations I am assuming – and whilst palpating my shoulder Len made a pasta joke. What a cool guy.

I described my problem with Len listening intently…after which Len tested my range and strength. He was pretty impressed with my strength despite my problem and confidently said “you must have rehabbed it pretty well!” He then tested my weaknesses haha – such as putting my hand behind my back (still can’t really do up a bra properly haha)! He then looked at the Italian surgeon and they agreed it was far too stiff than what it should be.

Len then whipped out the ultra sound machine and we had a look at the capsule, cartilage and muscle in my deltoids. He was impressed with the muscle bulk in my delts (I liked being able to identify the anterior, middle and posterior on the black and white screen as a lover of anatomy!). He looked further down to where my proposed lump was near the deltoid tuberosity and found nothing significant on the scan, which he explained was a ‘muscle knot’. This can be massaged to remove it; however he really emphasised to not go massaging too deep around the deltoid area due to the importance of the auxiliary nerve that is crucial for deltoid function. Finally, and most importantly, on the ultrasound scan he looked at the cartilage around my joint which he identified as being very thick. This is what has been making my shoulder stiff!

So….what I have is called (in therapists’ lingo), ADHESIVE CAPSULITIS. Or more generally – FROZEN SHOULDER. Check out the easily understandable webpage on Len Funk’s website which also has a video which helps to understand what my shoulder condition is: http://www.shoulderdoc.co.uk/articletile.asp?article=55&section=16&tile=1

Len instantly said the way to cure this is to have a HYDRODILATION INJECTION. This effectively relieves the stiff joint and will allow me to regain my long lost range that I so need to throw properly! Some people have relief and uber range straight after the injection: some in a few hours, some in a couple of weeks. The best news – they could probably fit me in this Wednesday – straight after my birthday on Tuesday!!

As I’m not insured I will be paying for this myself and so I will doing a lot of massaging to afford this injection to GET MY LIFE BACK PROPERLY 😀

Just need to throw this in – I turned down a trip with my best friends to Disneyland for this.

SO this has been a GREAT day for me. Looks like my Physio Phil will be seeing more of me soon haha! I am now filled with confidence from Len that this injection into my shoulder will be the final touch to get my range back.

Bring on the injection! 😀

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Love this photo of Goldie watching her compete today!

Love his photo of Goldie watching her compete today!

This was after Goldie threw 62m today at Loughborough International here at Luffers! Glad I was able to see her throwing and capture this photo 🙂 This comp has really motivated me – throughout all the jav throwing today I was itching to get back on to that run way so badly! This time 2 years ago I was in my peak and throwing 48m + and very close to getting my first GB vest. I want that time back so much.
In the comp today there were four people who have had surgeries and come back from them to throw – today was exactly the extra bit of inspiration I needed! I am so happy for James Campbell, my team mate, who has had multiple shoulder surgeries and has attained Commonwealth Standard by 1cm!!

Throwing Javelins 11 Months post-op

We are nearly at that 1 year mark! It has certainly been an emotional rollercoaster recently – things have been frustrating and not as pain free as I would have hoped – but thanks to my massage therapist who I have only had a few treatments from so far, Mike Allen, I now have incredible range compared to before.

My lat felt like a flippin’ golf ball due to the muscle being VERY tight indeed – it needed a strong pair of hands to smooth it out – something I wish I had done a while ago. Because the muscles around my shoulder have been restricting movement, my rehab has been good, but only in very restricted range compared to what I can get now. You can only begin to rehab a shoulder properly once you have full range!

The joint inside is still stiff, but with massage treatment it is now beginning to move more. Yesterday when I was throwing, I managed to put the most force through the javelin that I have been able to since my operation. Again, I am only throwing about 25m at a guess, however they are going further than last month – any progression is a positive! 🙂 I know I have to be patient – and right now those memories of me competing and throwing properly are coming back to me as I’m beginning to put more force through the jav!

Apologies for not posting for a while – I have been so busy with uni work (5 exams and several courseworks to do soon), training and massage.

THROWING JAVELINS FOR THE FIRST TIME, 9 MONTHS POST OP

OH MY GOLLY. Today was the day. I had tried to contain my excitement whilst I was massaging….but I am sure many people have listened to me hyping on about it throughout throwing, not just today, but the past couple of weeks!! 😀 SO off I trotted across the track, javelins in hand. I had missed the feel of my trusty Calypso and Randal (favourite javelins). It was a beautiful day for throwing!

Me throwing standing

I was really hesitant to begin with….it was slightly surreal! My first throw…….TEARS EVERYWHERE. I fell to my knees crying with happiness – I couldn’t believe it. My first throw in just under a year; it was finally here. 🙂 It took me a little while to compose myself again to carry on throwing! I wish I had it on camera haha!

I started with just a few standing throws, taking the javelin for a walk up and down the field. It felt so light in my hand! I moved on to 3 and 5 strides, getting a little more momentum into the javelin. It didn’t hurt to throw at all….but I was scared, tentative. I knew it would definitely take time – I just have to accept that everyone always has to start somewhere! It can only go up from here. I was throwing about 20m – I didn’t want to push it. I was fighting the tears throughout the session haha, had a little cry after as well. Blooming hec so emotional! Today has been a good day 😀

Throwing action shot

A HUGE THANK YOU TO MY SAVIOUR PROFESSOR LENNARD FUNK, MY AMAZING SURGEON; MY PHYSIO AT BRIDGEWATER HOSPITAL, MY PHYSIO HERE AT LOUGHBOROUGH UNI PHIL EVANS WHO HAS DONE A FABULOUS JOB FOR THE LAST 9 MONTHS AND MY COACH WHO HAS HELPED ME THROUGH THE UPS AND DOWNS.

I cannot thank you enough 🙂

Only a matter of days before I am throwing this week :D

I’m so close! 🙂 I could have thrown javs a couple of months ago but I felt I needed to be stronger to make sure I will not hurt anything again. I’m so excited – I can barely contain it! A lot of three step drills need to be done, but I’m loving the external rotation I am now getting, enabling me to get into better positions! I don’t care if I throw 10m to begin with – to throw ANY distance again with a jav will be great!

Too exciting for me not to share! Coach tells me I can throw javs at the end of the month!

NEWS I will be throwing javelins by the end of this month.
Here’s me throwing balls more aggressively now and looking more like a thrower! It’s too exciting not to share! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF-amhjQDFs

My eyes widened and a barely-containable smile was plastered across my face when my coach said I’d be throwing at the end of the month! I’m starting to feel like a javelin thrower again. I am now beginning to be aware of that sling-shot feeling when I leave my arm back long enough; my hip strike and some separation between my hips and shoulder. It reminds me how quick the time has passed from when I first had my operation back in June ’12 to now, 8 months down the line.

I’ve adopted a new rehab routine, as the exercises before were not as optimal as what I am currently doing. I am doing rehab that focuses more specifically on stretching the shoulder capsule directly instead of at an angle or just stretching the muscles around it. I will upload a video soon to demonstrate these exercises. The difference I have noticed after only a couple of training sessions involving this new rehab routine has been amazing (very quick I know!) Before, we were stretching the capsule close to the limit of range which did hurt quite a bit, however this new rehab increases my flexibility in external rotation much more significantly AND feels a lot easier on my shoulder 😀 I really have the best of both worlds!

If only I could tell myself a few months ago what I know now! 🙂 Nevertheless, I am VERY excited that I am so close to throwing those spears again. AAAAHHHHHH!!! I can’t contain my excitement.

Since my op, I’ve had to block out a lot of my thoughts about javelin throwing because it upset me so much, but now, having been told the good news and seeing the difference in my ball throwing myself…I can allow myself to think A LITTLE…only a little – about it again! 😀 Ok, maybe more than a little. It feels good. I have had a lot of excitement and emotion bottled up and now I can allow a little to leak out. It feels good (for the second time)!!