Shoulder pain can make it tough to get dressed

Back in 2003 or 2004, I developed a fun, somewhat inconvenient way to put on and take off t-shirts. I would bend at the waist and use my left arm and the assistance of gravity to wiggle my head in or out of the shirt while guiding my dangling right arm through the sleeve.

You see, it was impossible to raise my right arm over my head because my shoulder would reward me with an intense pinching pain that would immediately cause the arm to drop again.

If you’ve never had this problem consider yourself blessed. There are, unfortunately, others suffering with this condition! So far in 2011, I’ve had three people come to me with very similar issues getting dressed. Their shoulders hurt too much to get dressed, but they don’t want to leave the house naked.

Judith is one example. She was unable to put on a jacket without ginger maneuvering and had a heck of a time raising and lowering her left arm. Here’s what she had to say after her first visit to Upright Health:

I went to see Matt hoping that he might help with a nagging shoulder injury that was interfering with my workouts and getting painful enough to keep me awake at night. But I was doubtful. WOW – was I ever wrong. He assessed my alignment with photos, (ugh!!!) and had me do about 15 to 20 minutes of exercises, and at the end I was amazed!

I had virtually NO pain, and full range of motion. The pain has not returned. Now I’m looking forward to my exercises, for continued posture alignment, and soon I’ll be completely pain free in my entire body! And he’s very attentive and a really nice guy too!

P.S. I’m 61 and a competitive athlete, so pain free is a miracle…. expect miracles! Thanks Matt!!!!

Judith M. (testimonial quoted from Yelp!)

If all you can wear is button shirts because your shoulder hurts too much to put on anything else, rest assured that there is a way to retrain your muscles and bones so that you can expand your wardrobe again.

Slogan idea for a clothing line: “I have shoulder pain and all I could put on was this lousy Oxford.”


About the Author

Matt Hsu is a trainer and orthopedic massage therapist. He fought a long battle with chronic pain all over his body and won. He blends the principles he learned in his journey, empirical observations with clients, and relevant research to help others get their lives back.