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post #1 of 13 Old 10-08-2012, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Pain in my left shoulder

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Experiencing a sharp pain in my left shoulder (rear shoulder blade area) when riding for an extended period of time. My left elbow also hurts but that may be a hockey issue. Bars have risers. Have been experimenting w/ loosening bars and moving them up/forward & down/back to change the hand position w/ some success. Right side feels great.
I'm 5'10". Arms feel comfortable when mounted; not quite fully extended.
tend to sit in the middle of seat...not too forward or back.

My fear is the pain is taking some of my focus away from the road.

Help if you can....its really killing me.

Thanks to all in advance.
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Experiencing a sharp pain in my left shoulder (rear shoulder blade area) when riding for an extended period of time.
A Crampbuster is cheap and will help you relax your arms, which will probably help a lot. I use them on both sides.
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Lose the stock bars, the angle of bend is horrific for many riders.

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A Crampbuster is cheap and will help you relax your arms, which will probably help a lot. I use them on both sides.
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What is your age and what injuries have you suffered? Like you, I have pain in my shoulder and below my blade but on the right side. What helps to some degree is doing a stretching before a ride. I've been noticing that if I stretch often during the day, the pain is much less. My shoulder blade pain is from a motocross crash that tore the muscles away from the blade so I will always have issues from that injury. The shoulder joint pain showed up suddenly about 2 years out of the blue when I was cutting grass with a ZTR mower. I even had the joint scanned via an MRI 4 weeks ago and was negative for a rotator cuff tear. I'm supposed to start 4 weeks of physical therapy so it will be interesting to see if it helps. I turned 59 on the 7th of this month.

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This may not apply, but I had a lot of pain in my shoulder some time ago. I was worried about rotor cuff surgery. The doctor did an x-ray and sent me to a specialist. The doctor laughed at me and and gave me the diagnosis as "you are older now". (60) He told me to take fish oil supplements. It did help me. Just personal experience.
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I know exactly the stabby pain right in the blades you describe - almost as if it were underneath the shoulder blade/s. I thought that the upright dirtbike style riding position of the strom was supposed to prevent such things, but no.....

Only when I swapped my stock handlebar for an aftermarket riser bar (the inexpensive steel $20 MSR one I chose is 2" taller), did my shoulder blade stabbings go away. Sure, I had to do a bit of creative cable/housing management due to the extra 2", but it was really a transformative modification. It's really the stock bar bend, combined with what is acutally a considerable reach to the bars on a strom (it's a big bike!). Hard to say if it's only the stock bar causing it, but by reducing my reach to the handlebar (I angled the new bar back a bit too), this took all the stress off trying to hold and stretch my arms forward to grip the stock bar (you don't think you're doing this, but you are!). I believe on bikes like the strom, that it's much more forgiving on your back, if you have MORE bend in your arms - more than what you'd see on a typical sportbike, for sure.


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you claim these bars are 2' higher than stock....I currently have risers installed but not likely 2". Do these bars bring the handles closer to the operator? I'd say my arms are 85-90% straight when riding. And yes, you have described the pain perfectly.

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This may not apply, but I had a lot of pain in my shoulder some time ago. I was worried about rotor cuff surgery. The doctor did an x-ray and sent me to a specialist. The doctor laughed at me and and gave me the diagnosis as "you are older now". (60) He told me to take fish oil supplements. It did help me. Just personal experience.
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Lose the stock bars, the angle of bend is horrific for many riders.
+1 Moose ATV highbars work for me. Also has cross-brace which seems to stiffin up stearing. Your experience may vary. :beatnik:

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