So Connor and I stopped briefly by the house after his school day was over and then hopped back into the car to go visit the doctor. This time we were going for me for a change; my left shoulder has been bothering me for a couple of weeks. I can't remember any specific traumatic incident that started the pain, but I had no doubt it was derby related; slamming into other players and the floor repeatedly on that side probably had something to do with it.
The doctor did a whole bunch of holding my arm in various positions and asking me how much it hurt, testing how strong the shoulder was, etc. and then gave me a diagnosis. Turns out I have shoulder impingement syndrome. Now in my case, it's less likely that it was caused by poor posture, weak muscles or repetitive overhead arm movements and more likely that it's due to the aforementioned slamming into people and/or the floor (rotator cuff injuries seem to be extremely common in roller derby), but the end result is the same. I'll be spending a few weeks icing the bejeezus out of it, using anti-inflammatory topical gel and resting the arm as much as possible so that it doesn't turn into a rotator cuff tear, which would be significantly more nasty.
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