Not another case of remote controls flying wiiinjury style. This is about how easily you can inflict an injury upon yourself and end up in pain that calls for a doctor to kill it. Or something better.
I did both. Went through a bit of doctoring and learned of surgery being the last resort. Opted to find out for myself how to heal. And I did. Just wish I had found some of the stuff earlier. To make it easier for you or someone you may wish to help, here is part 1 of my story. I waited until I was sure I could report a happy end.
On 2009 March 02, I could not go to work because I had to see the doctor a second time after a very painful right shoulder kept me awake most of the night. You may not wish to let it come so far that you need such a corticosteroid injection to relieve an inflammation in the shoulder joint. Man - I was in tears from pain for close to an hour until the painkiller started working. How could this happen?
Wii Sports, easy to overdo
I am in good health, enjoy regular bicycling (weather permitting), and when we bought this family game for Christmas, I knew about some of the health risks associated with the Wii console (search "Wii sports injury"). The game I played most was "Mariokart", which is not really physical exercise. Yet, I had given up on it, because it made my shoulder feel sore, in the end even after just on round. And the kids almost always beat me at the races.
We have two other Wii games, "Fit", which the aficionados know is very mild Yoga-type exercise, and "Sports", which includes tennis and baseball. In December I had tried swinging that virtual baseball bat, not even a full game, and that is my memory of the first time I got sore shoulder from the Nintendo Wii. It went away in a day or so, but in the weeks following, I experienced recurring discomfort and a slow onset of shoulder pain which started to affect my work and personal life. Yet, it was bearable and got better every now and then, e.g. from drinking more water, walking for 20 minutes or doing Codman's exercise.
Seeking professional care
The first time I saw the doctor for shoulder pain was mid-February. The pain had slowly developed throughout January and the pain-free positions had gotten fewer. By X-ray he diagnosed calcifying tendonitis, prescribed pain-relief shoulder patches, and when asked whether I could go skiing for three days, he said yes. Indeed the mild exercise relieved symptoms, so did the warm Onsen water, until later at night I found it had made the inflammation worse. Back from the ski trip I went to the sports clinic my wife goes to, for a thorough massage. Felt fine, but but that also made the inflammation worse. So back to the doc and despite the wall-climbing pain that the injection caused I was happy that it worked. Yet, as web sources and the doc told me, not likely to help for more than a week or two, and then we had may be another shot before it was going to be invasive treatment or surgery. I did not want that and will share later what worked for me.
Step zero: prevent injury
Lesson learned: Do warm-up and stretching exercises before engaging in vigorous exercise or in movement your body is not used to. Building muscles takes more time. Stop immediately when there is discomfort! (yet that may be way too late, as my example shows). The Nintendo Wii Sports Games come with such kind of warning in the manual, but not on-screen. And I did stop upon discomfort, but that does not replace a competent trainer and the need for warm-up exercise. So you are on your own.
Upcoming: More on the treatment effects, what the doc had overlooked and what finally worked for me. (No, it was not the product offer behind the helpful information on calcifying tendonitis, above).