Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Personal Set-Backs Ctd.

Previously I posted as to how a shoulder injury was impacting my yoga practice.  It's been rather frustrating for me since I can't practice any yoga asanas which put pressure on my shoulder including bakasana and chatturanga.  I can't even practice something as basic as down-ward facing dog.

Well, I had an MRI done, and it showed no actual damage.   What it did show, however, is a severe bursitis brought on by my bursa rubbing up against the inside of my shoulder bones.   It seems that because of the structure of my shoulder, the cavity in which the bursa moves is very narrow, and because the bursa is now irritated and enlarged, the space is even narrower.    

My doctor gave me a cortisone shot into the irritated bursa, and is recommending I continue to put absolutely no pressure on the shoulder until at least September, and then only gradually reintroduce asanas.  

If that doesn't work, I may need surgery to widen the area in my shoulder in which the bursa moves.

Needless to say that while I'm pleased to have dodged surgery (for now), I'm not pleased that I have to continue with an abbreviated, abridged yoga practice for the next several months. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry to hear that you have to modify your yoga workouts since you obviously love it. Maybe it's time to take lemons and make lemonade and try something new like swimming to supplement your exercise routine. Hopefully you will heal quickly and not re-injure the area when you do get to start your full routine again. Take care.