Going to cover all the bases incase someone has a similar issue now or somewhere down the line. With how uncommon this injury is the more info out their the better. I have done countless hours of research been to multiple Physios, Chiros, Doctors, got imaging done everything and nothing has helped more than this Naturopathic doctor I was referred to by a friend who does PROLO/PRP full time and has been for over a decade. At times it will feel hopeless.
Background: 21years old, bodybuilding for 4.5years and soccer/rugby before.
INJURY:Started may 2016 as a nagging pain but easy to work around…as of november 2016 am unable to go to gym or do a single push up without pain. Doctor believes started with a car accident (august 2015) and got worse with weight lifting, especially with bench/shoulders. XRAY showed nothing,CT Scan/Ultra Sound show ACJ 10mm seperation SCJ 13mm seperation. No ligaments are believed to be torn, but very Lax. Instability of the joint has caused traps, neck, chest, erectors to get very tight at times, and that has messed with my ribs causing hyper mobility.
SYMPTOMS: Pain around collarbone and acj/scj with movement. First rib sharp pain. Pain between scapula. muslce tightness all over. General unstable feeling in shoulder. Jaw pain, achey hands/arm. Sternum pain
PROLO: Started Prolo in January 2017 after trying everything else. Got 7 injections from January to May. For the first time I’m seeing some progress very little though. Jaw pain completely gone and muscles feel less tight. ACJ down to 6.7mm SCJ 12.7 after 4-5 injections. Then it stalled in the next 2 injections i noticed no difference. At this point he recommended PRP injections and I agreed.
PRP: May 10th first PRP session after 4weeks I noticed shoulder feeling more stable and my first rib pain was gone. Overall tightness was alot less as well but still not feeling close to 100%. Ultra sound shows with the one injection ACJ down to 6mm but the SCJ is still at 12.7. The acj is alot more stable now but the biceps tendon is believed to be compensating and causing pain in the area. Had my second injection 6days ago will continue to update this post until im better.
SYMPTOMS THAT REMAIN:
Pain around collarbone
Pain between scapula seems to have crept to the left side
Pain in sternum isolated to left, same rib as the one between scapula
Acheyness in elbow/hand althought less frequent
Shoulder feels unstable at times