Rotator Cuff Injury? *Pics*

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  1. cardiba151

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    **Cliffs below**

    For a while now I've had this dull pain when I did flat bench, didn't pay too much attention to it. Was on my last set going for 3 reps, I told my spotter I only needed 3 reps, got all 3 without any assistance went to rack the weight and he insisted I go for another rep and basically kept the barbell off the rack. So I attempted a fourth rep, at the bottom of my motion (bar on my chest) I felt a sharp pain in my arm/shoulder and had my spotter pick the weight off of me. Was sore the rest of the day. Took 3 weeks off of any shoulder activity cuz I'm deathly afraid of rotator cuff injuries. Fast forward 4 weeks to now. I have this same sharp pain only when I do the following exercises: shoulder press, military press, incline bench. So the motions involved in those exercises plus the first two pics where I start with my arm outside and move it inside also causes this same pain.

    Has anyone experienced this? Is this a rotator cuff issue? Pinched nerve?
    Yes, I am scheduled to see my doctor about this in about two weeks, but I hate not really having any idea what my injury is.

    The third pic is where the pain is located, right between where the "ball" of the shoulder meets the bicep.

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    cliffs: pain when doing shoulder related exercises and don't really know what I injured, third pic I am pointing to where the pain is located

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  2. Gohan4862

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    the rotator cuff is a group of muscles that stabilise the shoulder joint, comprising of supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor. The area in which you are pointing is not your RC. I suggest that you consult a physiotherapist before going any further.
     
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    I am seeing a doctor in 2 weeks. So if you don't believe it to be RC related what do you think it might be? Pinched nerve?
     
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    according to where the pain is,it's not rotator cuff

    probably just a muscle strain
     
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    What muscle would that be?
     
  6. The Boy Bastard

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    Is the pain deep or superficial?
     
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    bicep
     
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    It feels deep
     
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    That seems like an odd spot to be considered part of the bicep, but I don't know enough about the anatomy of the arm to say you're wrong. :dunno:
     
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    there's the long head, and the short head of the bicep

    judging by your third pic, that's right where the long head of the bicep is; and it's where the long head and short head come together

    it's actually on the side of your arm, but if you were to put your arm in an anatomical position, that spot would be too anterior to be tricep

    but just relax it til you see the doctor...and if ice or heat helps, then do that ;)
     
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    What would be the proper anatomical position?
     
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    Yes I am...... 6'1" 212lbs :wiggle:
     
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    Since it's not superfical, it could be an attachemnt for a number of muscles that is "strained."
     
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    it very well could be
    could even be a nerve
     
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    it seems like the area of pain that i had when i played QB too much 2 days in a row. it healed up after a while, describe the pain
     
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    Where you're pointing in the 3rd pic is not R.C., like it has been stated before.

    However, the problem you are described seems awfully similar to my injury of my R.C.

    I'm currently a month and a half out after injuring mine, and it is still a lil sore. I am currently undergoing A.R.T. for it and it seems to be helping. I'm back in doing rehab lifts for it. You gotta expect to start out real low again though and not rush anything.

    I started out doing flat bench of 12x3 of 20lbs dumbbells, when I used to be able to do 275x4 on flat barbell bench :hs:. I'm up to 45 lbs dumbbells now and slowly increasing.
     
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    The pain feels like I have a bruise and someone is putting alot of pressure right on the bruise.

    Grimey, when you attempt to do heavier weight can you physically do the exercise motion (with extreme pain)?

    I can physically do the same weight as before the injury, but its probably a 7/10 on the pain scale (not in a good way). :hs:
     
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    i heart my shoulder in football and had similar to your problems on these excercises i had a grade 1 seperation and a pulled A/C shoulder tendon i believe
     
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    i wouldnt say thats RC

    i had something like that too, doc said that it might have just been muscle seperated from insertion point, just stay away from exercises that target that area and you should be fine in a little bit
     
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    is it like a very acute pain, or is it more dull and spread out
     
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    Its acute. It hurts exactly in the spot I'm pointing to in the third pic.
     
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    Well I stumbled onto this site which actually has videos of how to do different tests for various rotator cuff injuries. I had mild pain in a few of them (Hawkins Test, & Supraspinatus (Empty Can)Test) and i'm pretty sure that I have a Supraspinatus injury. To what extent I'm not sure but I hope I can resume "normal" lifting in the next month or so.
     
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    dude stop self diagnosing yourself, whilst doing research is cool its pretty clear that you are no physiotherapist. The supraspinatus attaches to the top of the head of the humerus, no where near where your pain is located.
     
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