I saw an orthopedist today for my shoulders. They’ve been bugging me a lot lately, and they hurt especially in poses like the Mariciasanas and Supta Kurmasana, when the shoulder points slightly downward and moves forward. I get little clicks or pops from time to time, and by the end of practice, my shoulders are so achey.
So here’s why they’ve been hurting: I’m too flexible. They basically move in and out of the socket. They’re free to roam. I wish I had taken better notes… as soon as the medical terms start getting thrown around, my mind begins to wander away to a happier place. I think he called it Subluxation. (???) He said it wasn’t a bad thing, but that we needed to strengthen some of the other muscles around the shoulder to ward off the pain and discomfort. You can see some of this subluxation or flexibility or whatever here and here, although I can get that shoulder blade REALLY sticking WAY out of my back like a chicken wing or something.
So anyways, he gave me one of those stretchy bands and a number of “shoulder stabilization” exercises to try over the next few months. I’m going back to see him in May, and if the pain continues or increases despite the stablilization exercises, we’ll do some x-rays and MRIs.
I guess I’ll just have to lay off manually crossing the ankles in Supta K, as the rotation to then get my arms back behind my back to bind is what really exacerbates the problem over anything else.
AW is seeing an orthopedist on Tuesday for inner-knee pain/popping/giving out… crossing my fingers for her…