After two years of riding one-handed and letting the left arm flop about, we decided about a year ago that I needed to keep it as motionless as possible whilst riding, because having the arm yanking around was causing more and more damage to my shoulder.
That's why I am now more diligent about holding the upper arm into my body with my shoulder support (which looks like this and is easily the most effective orthosis I own for any joint, although I do have to pull the white tape under my other arm to hold it tight enough) and why I also have a sling which holds my lower arm to my body. There's still a bit of room for the arm to jiggle about and because my back is twisted it can't make me completely straight, but it helps an awful lot!
|First slung-up jumping competition last Christmas with Rolo|
|Another one cos he's so pretty!|
|Not what I'm aiming for...|
|Just as a quick heads-up to designers out there, nobody seems to have made a pony version of this yet...|
The MRI was initially scheduled for a Thursday afternoon, but it just so happened that this was also the last RDA session of the year and therefore also the last session before going to Hartpury for Nationals (more on this another time!). Despite my mum's annoyance I refused to miss RDA so the scan is now later this week. I'm not a huge fan of MRIs as I'm pretty claustrophobic, but I've come a long way since my first scan as a kid when I cried all the way through it and my mum had to stick her arm in the end to tap my head so I knew she was there! Towards the end of next week I'll be seeing the surgeon again and I just really hope that he has something useful to suggest. Obviously I don't want him to do anything that would interrupt training/competing over the next few months (I have some big plans ahead) but with the speed of the NHS this probably won't be an issue!