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Specialist for arm/shoulder pain
Old 27th April 2019
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Specialist for arm/shoulder pain

Does anyone have names of top Doctors that deal with musicians in the US. I’ve had shoulder, arm, etc pains for years. Each DR I’ve seen has no clue. I’ve had MRI’s , Ultrasound etc. nothing shows up. If anyone knows of any I’d appreciate it. Doesn’t really matter where they are located as I can always get their recommendations. Thanks.
Old 27th April 2019
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Does anyone have names of top Doctors that deal with musicians in the US. I’ve had shoulder, arm, etc pains for years. Each DR I’ve seen has no clue. I’ve had MRI’s , Ultrasound etc. nothing shows up. If anyone knows of any I’d appreciate it. Doesn’t really matter where they are located as I can always get their recommendations. Thanks.
In general you go to a sports medicine Dr, for such aliments, The best sports medicine doctors are generally located in cities where large ivy league schools are. Harvard Boston, Yale Conn, Stanford SF. etc....

I had a drummer years ago who had bad tendonitis and he got on the Internet and found a Dr. in Cambridge, MA that operated on MLB pitchers. The guy cured him through some fusion surgery. So look for those type of guys who do Tommy John Surgery. I can't recall the Dr. name it was 20 years ago.

However, I would think that any reputable orthopedic surgeon in a large metro area can help you. I could be wrong but sometimes you have to get lucky to find a creative Dr. you thinks outside the box,
Old 27th April 2019
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Does anyone have names of top Doctors that deal with musicians in the US. I’ve had shoulder, arm, etc pains for years. Each DR I’ve seen has no clue. I’ve had MRI’s , Ultrasound etc. nothing shows up. If anyone knows of any I’d appreciate it. Doesn’t really matter where they are located as I can always get their recommendations. Thanks.
When I told my doctor about my "frozen shoulder", she didn't recommend MRI's or the like. She offered to send me to a physical therapist. I'm amazed that none of your doctors has done that.
Old 27th April 2019
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I've found that glucosamine is good a couple different types of muscle pain. Some people take it as a daily supplement. I just do it when I feel some kind of a strain. It's not always useful.

Otherwise, I don't have much of a suggestion. I've been to an orthopedist twice. Once they said I shouldn't use my sprained finger until it heals, and the other time they just shrugged their shoulders and said they didn't know why I was in pain. It's been ibuprofin, tylenol, and sometimes glucosamine since then.
Old 27th April 2019
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Thanks chrischoir. That sounds like a good plan. I’ll see who I can find.

Poinzy. I actually did physical therapy at first. Initially they said it was Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Then they did the MRI which ruled that out. I have continued doing the stretches though.

kafka. I haven’t tried the glucosamine. I’ll have to pick some up.

Overall it’s improved somewhat. But playing the guitar starts to aggravate it from thumb to elbow to shoulder. And it starts up again.
Old 27th April 2019
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I tore my left rotator cuff by playing keys with my left hand (keys to the left of sitting position) and mousing through sounds with my right hand. It took quite a while to injure. It is taking a long time to heal. About a year now. I will never do that again, but I fear the damage could be somewhat permanent. I am a guitar player mostly and it has seriously affected the time I can play for without pain. I do rehab everyday with light weights and a stretchy band with handles. Getting old sucks also.
Old 27th April 2019
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You’re right, getting old does suck. I also have done the resistance bands. That seems to help somewhat. For me it’s really the guitar that seems to hurt the most. I’ve started playing the piano again and it doesn’t bother everything as much. But I stopped playing my acoustic guitar, and when I play it’s on electric with ex-light strings. And only for short periods.
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