Shoulder problems

Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by Casino, Feb 14, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Casino

    Casino Guest

    My shoulder began hurting a lot last week, so much it is hard to lift anymore. I'm pissed that after all the progress I've made, I'm going to have to take a break.

    A part of my left shoulder towards the front has been getting really tight during my exercises. It feels like if I push too hard it could tear. It is so tight my bench has dropped almost 30lbs and it still hurts to bench, so I just stopped. During the day it feels fine, it's just when I put a lot of weight on it, it starts to hurt. It hurts during any exercise that uses my left shoulder. Here is a vague diagram to show the area where it hurts. It feels like it is towards the front around the joint.

    [​IMG]

    I'm going to take a week off and see how it feels. Because I don't have much money and my health insurance sucks, I can't go to the doctor unless I know it is required in order to heal. Should I continue to take my whey/creatine shakes everyday?
     
  2. delay pedal

    delay pedal Guest

    what lifts have you been doing that might have caused the irritation?
     
  3. Casino

    Casino Guest

    Umm, now that I think of it, maybe it could have been dumbbell flies. Maybe I used too much weight and my left side couldn't take it?
     
  4. speedy

    speedy New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2005
    Messages:
    5,600
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NJ
    this sounds EXACTLY like what i did to my shoulder a few months ago. pretty sure it happened to me because of benching. if you can, get into physical therapy.
     
  5. Casino

    Casino Guest

    assuming i cant get into physical therapy, will it heal on its own if i just take a week off?
     
  6. Canuckistan

    Canuckistan New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2004
    Messages:
    6,200
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Vancouver
    my left shoulder also felt like it wanted to explode last week with dumbbell flies. a couple days later it really affected my db shoulder press. i wouldn't say take a week off unless its really painful. just go light on shoulders and focus on other things.
     
  7. Casino

    Casino Guest

    its not that painful, but enough where it affects all my excerices like dips for my triceps, bench press, shoulder press, anything that requires me to put pressure on my shoulder hurts it
     
  8. MaineSucks

    MaineSucks OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2005
    Messages:
    39,645
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    954
    ibceazecorrectlyanswersyourquestionandgivesyouthesolutiontofixingitbutnoonecanunderstandwhathesaid
     
  9. xela

    xela So say we all!

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2004
    Messages:
    28,676
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Boston
    I had something similar a couple months ago and it ended up being a pinched rotator cuff. I couldn't even do one push up the pain was that bad... My uncle (and orthopedic surgeon) told me to rest and take some PT to strengthen different parts of my shoulder. I didn't do the PT and I'm fine.

    Maybe you did the same thing?
     
  10. DCyamaha

    DCyamaha O-line found

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2003
    Messages:
    20,977
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    anytown, usa
    i have rotator cuff issues on both sides all of the time. stretching a ton, helps a little bit before workout.
     
  11. speedy

    speedy New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2005
    Messages:
    5,600
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NJ
    i have put off physical therapy so far, but it's not getting any better and i rested it for a week...it's only getting worse, so yeah, don't fuck with your shoulders
     
  12. BobG

    BobG Fuchs.

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2001
    Messages:
    5,953
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Stealing your internetz
    I've had rotator cuff problems on and off for years. Never could pinpoint any one thing that started it. However, my physical therapist that I've been going to for the past three weeks asked me right off the bat if I've had a desk job for a long time. I have (IT industry). She mentioned incorrect posture, especially when seated at a computer for instance, is hell on your shoulders over time as it causes you to round your upper back and move your shoulders forward. We've been working on a bunch of different strengthening exercises, stretching, ultrasound and massage. Getting better...SLOWLY though.

    Dunno if this is the case with you. But it's something to keep in mind.
     
  13. sportsjunkie

    sportsjunkie OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2005
    Messages:
    110,609
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Maryland
    try PT even if you don't have good health insurance

    check and see if your state has Direct Access physical therapy (meaning you don't need a prescription for PT) and you can get physical therapy.

    you only get paid for the services they provide to you and what you request.

    things you can do without would be something like electrical stimulation (IFC or pre-modulated currents) hotpack/coldpack

    things you should do: manual therapy, massage, ultrasound, therex.

    a lot of problems at that site come with bench presses when people exceed 90 degrees at the shoulder. after 90 degrees, it just adds more pressure to the joint and really isn't beneficial
     
  14. apman0000

    apman0000 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2005
    Messages:
    13,583
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Kansas City area
    ceaze (i think it was Ceaze) has posted some good shoulder rehab stuff on here in the past, might have to dig a bit if you don't have search ability, but there are some shoulder threads with tons of usefull info
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page