Rotator Cuff...sounds like a car part. Or maybe a baseball pitch or boxer's punch.
But no, it's a human shoulder part, and I have neither been pitching nor punching.
Somehow, though, I've done something to my left one. I think I twisted it and made it hurt a little bit just before Christmas. Then in January I fell. It didn't seem to hurt my left shoulder when I fell, but it did hurt my right shoulder and my left knee and left foot. I guess they hurt enough that I didn't think about my left shoulder.
However, it has gotten progressively worse until a simple flick back of my hair with my left hand sends me writhing in pain. The allure of the hair flick has gone agonizingly awry. I now have to leave my long, golden (ok - silver) locks in my soup.
I went to see my doctor last week, and he referred me to physical therapy. I have some arm and shoulder exercises to help loosen the muscles around the joint, and I am icing (sugar-free) it throughout the day to reduce swelling. Next week I will go back to see how it's coming along and probably add some more exercises. I think, though, that it is one of those things that takes a year to heal - if it is going to get better. I just need to be patient. How many times in life are we told to just be patient?
I don't think I can patiently wait to flick my hair again.
Rotator Cuff...if only it were a car part. Hello, VIP? I need a rotator cuff for the left front.