He was too nice to say that, but I did find out from Dr. Adam Cooper, chiropractor, (signs his emails 'ACDC') that I've completely mis-diagnosed and consequently done every single thing wrong with my shoulder.
The left shoulder has been troubling me a lot in the last two weeks. But it was kind of nagging at me for about a month. I thought I was sleeping incorrectly. That the muscles were getting knotted up from improper sleeping. And so I was stretching it, working it, rubbing it...trying to work out what I perceived to be tightness.
Finally the soreness had morphed into a severe burning sensation across both shoulder blades and I was worried enough to seek medical attention.
Sure. The muscles are tight, but the underlying problem is a strained muscle.
"Feels like it's the muscle that goes across my shoulder blade."
[twist, turn, rotate] "hmm. Is it this way or that way?" he asked.
"YOW! That's it!"
"Strained supraspinalis," he muttered.
"The muscle that goes across your shoulder blade."
And then I learned that I should be resting it, icing it, not exercising it. No weights.
"So basically, I've been stupidly doing exactly the wrong thing for this."
"Well, I wouldn't put it thaaaatttt way!" he said.
And so I was introduced to this fine product:
It is pure menthol. You only need a tiny bit. Very gelatinous. In fact, if you aren't careful, it will just fall off your finger and plop to the floor. The smell is menthol, but wears off within a couple of minutes. But man! Is it COLD! It's like putting an ice cube directly on your skin. That sensation seems to last about 10 minutes.
I did not tell ACDC about dropping my own camera on my head last Sunday.