Recent shoulder injury. Please help!
- 09-15-2010, 11:24 PM
Recent shoulder injury. Please help!
About 3 weeks ago I was doing military presses and at my gym the barbell rack is pretty far back. When lifting off I felt a sharp pain but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't lift. I went on the rest of the day not thinking much of it and it didn't seem to hurt or effect me much. I tried to stay off it as much as possible and applied a heat pad off and on the past couple weeks but every time it came to bench it continues to hurt. Military press today was out of the question. It's not horrible during bench and non existent on all other lifts but real bad on military press. Mainly anything that involves putting my arm above my head.
Any one have any experience with this, have any idea what it might be, and what I should do? Any help at all is appreciated.
- 09-16-2010, 08:32 AM
Sounds like an impingement. Should probably ice it 20 minutes a couple times a day after workouts, or just in general. Avoid overhead lifts for a month - I know that sucks, but it needs time for inflammation to go down. If it still hurts after this, the next step may be anti-inflammatories, or even a cortisone injection. My impingement never really got better, and I ended up having shoulder surgery after 6 months - but that's usually the exception to the rule.
- 09-16-2010, 12:29 PM
09-20-2010, 02:35 AM
Usually shoulder problems are treated with RICE. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Other treatments include exercise, medicines to reduce pain and swelling, and surgery if other treatments don't work.
09-24-2010, 06:08 PM
Go see a doctor to find out what's wrong. If it's something minor and you can still train as long as you keep stress off of your shoulder, try doing reverse grip bench press. It has all the benefits of a regular flat bench, but takes a lot of the stress off of your shoulder. But, number one thing, go to the doctor!
09-25-2010, 07:50 AM
i've had 3 shoulder surgeries and my pain started out like what you're describing. it turned out to be a torn labrum. if i were you i would get an MRI ASAP!!! stay away from cortizone as it only masks the pain, the injury is still there. so you'll feel good, keep working out, and only cause more damage to it. get the MRI and go from there.
10-13-2010, 11:00 PM
Against the Doc's advise I went to a meet this past weekend and got two first places. The shoulder actually felt pretty good and seems to be getting better every day. I had to push through some military presses today so I will see how it feels tomorrow. If it starts to hurt again I'm going in for the MRI.
So tattedsailor how is your shoulder these days? Everyone except one person I know with a shoulder surgery complains how it's never the same. Is this your experience or did it fix you right up?
10-14-2010, 10:56 PM
Ice, advil, some rest (yes, you!) and schedule a massage. If you must do your workout, get in a good shoulder workout, follow immediately with a massage (A.R.T. preferable, thank me for the pain later) then chase it all with ice/advil.
When I'm pre-contest I bench Mondays and have A.R.T. scheduled on Tuesday. I'm all healed up by the time the next heavy pressing day comes around, and if I'm not, then I'll just take a deload week.
10-14-2010, 11:39 PM
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