A 28-year-old female (Jane) presented to Body Genius with left anterior (front) shoulder pain that she developed three weeks earlier while doing push-ups at a boot camp. Jane had consulted her GP who prescribed Voltaren (anti-inflammatory) and told her to rest. The pain did not improve so Jane consulted a sports doctor who felt that she had caused damage to her rotator cuff and advised a cortisone injection. Jane presented to Body Genius for a third opinion.
The BG Physiotherapist assessed Jane’s movement patterns, posture, and overall biomechanics. Although the Physiotherapist felt that the push-ups may have injured the rotator cuff at boot camp, he felt that the primary pain “generator” was a tight upper trapezius muscle (neck), rotator cuff, pectorals (chest) and deltoid (shoulder) muscles.
The Physiotherapist dry needled all of these muscles in session one, asked Jane to use a hot pack on the area and gently stretch. Three days later Jane returned for a follow-up consult and was 95% better. The constant ache had resolved, and she only had discomfort doing up her bra. The Physiotherapist gave her exercises to correct her faulty movement patterns and performed a second session of dry needling. As a precaution (in case there was underlying rotator cuff inflammation) he asked her to take another 72 hours off training before returning to boot camp. Two days later in a phone conversation, Jane stated that she was pain-free.