Hurt myself tonight...How Bad is it Really???

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    Hurt myself tonight...How Bad is it Really???


    Tonight I think I tore a muscle in my shoulder. I will explain everything and hopefully some of you more experienced folks will be able to give me an idea of what I can expect.

    How it happened......

    I usually workout with my 15yo son and I had really been doing well on my bench but never really pushed the limits as I was being spotted by my son. Previous week I did 225x10 230x8 and 235x7. Tonight I had my son, his friend, and an older kid (17 maybe) to spot me so I wanted to really get in a heavy workout. I did my first set 225x12 and figured go to 245 next with the extra help. I had my son and his friend get on either side of the bar to assist if I could not get it off my chest and the older kid was the main spotter. I went to unrack the weight with the 17yo helping and my son's friend on my right side lifted that side of the bar as well putting all the weight on my left side and twisting me, almost falling off the bench. I yelled at him to rerack it and I wanted to kill him. He knew better but was not thinking I guess. Anyway I laided down and did the lift. I got 5 out and was suprised thinking I could get 8 and on the 6th one I felt a pain in my left shoulder and heard a sound like rice crispies crunching. I knew it was not good.

    Anyway it is achey and I get a stabbing feeling in the shoulder when it moves certain ways. Sometimes I feel no pain and then move just a bit this way or that way and it kills.

    Any experienced responses would be greatly appreciated. If still hurting bad tomorrow I will probably get in to see the doc to get a referal for an orthopedic consult and them I am sure an MRI.

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    After doing a lot of reading online I think I may have a rotator cuff tear.....UGH!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brfish View Post
    After doing a lot of reading online I think I may have a rotator cuff tear.....UGH!!!
    That's what those cute 2 1/2s plates are for! Sorry to hear that man. I used to workout with my dad and he did the same thing. Now my pecs are undeveloped because we didn't hit them. Make sure you still have your son bench while your sitting out!
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    Make sure you heal it up, other wise it will haunt you. If you have a good specialist in area, would suggest seeing them. Even if you don't require surgery, you are going to need specific rehab and then training for it. That training for the rotator is a must for both your shoulders, your son's shoulders, his friends, etc. If it doesn't get treated or at least rehabbed properly, it will tighten up an you will lose flexibility in that shoulder. Strengthening the rotators are a must to help prevent injuries, since DB presses and side raises don't get them.

    PS. I don't let a teenager spot me for anything, let alone 3 of them on same bar. It's hard enough to have 1 inexperienced spotter, let alone get 3 to work at the same time. And there are plenty of inexperienced older people too, so it's not an age thing necessarily. Not knocking you, just something to think about. If I don't think a guy can get the weight off of me if something happens, I don't want him no where near me. If my partner isn't there, I only have a select few people I would trust to spot me CORRECTLY. If they aren't there, then that day isn't going to be that heavy.
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    I saw an Ortho on Tues and then had an MRI on Thur. Going back to see doc on Monday afternoon with the films and he should have the radiologists report by then.

    It is a whole lot better already, but I think that is due to swelling going down. Been taking Naproxen and Darvacet and Icing it a lot. My range of motion is much better but still quite a bit of pain. I have been taking it easy and my PT Assit sister gave me some things I can do to keep the joint mobile w/o causing more probs or pain.
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    Just take the time to heal it and rehab it completely. Plenty of people here that can tell stories of how they didn't and kick themselves for it now.
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    Well....It was a total rotator cuff tear and I will be going in for surgery in 2-3 weeks. Gotta get everything lined up for work, get a full physical, and mentally prepare...UGH
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    Sorry to hear it, but you can get the fix behind you and get the rehab underway. Just keep thinking positive and thinking ahead. Patience is critical, so psyche yourself for it. I wish you the best of luck and will cover you in prayer.
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    Thanks so much for the kind words. It is gonna be rough. My sis is a PT Assist in VA and she has given me a real rundown of what to expect. I just want to get back to 100% and get back in the GYM. She told me it may take up to a full year to get back to 100% so I need to have patience and do my therepy as I am told to do it.

    It seems everytime I injure myself it is at the damn gym, where I love to be. I guess I push myself a little more and a little faster than I should..I aint a kid any longer I guess...lol
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    I sure feel for you. Follow doctor's orders to the letter and keep us updated.
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    Well, I had surgery on jun 23rd and am doing great so far. Pain has not really been a problem at all. Doc says I had a 1 in a thousand tear. I tore the tendon in the middle versus pulling from the bone. I also tore my labrum as well which he fixed.

    I started rehab last week for ROM and I surprised the therepist with my ROM. Prior to the surgery I did a lot of ROM movements my Sis suggested and got my ROM as close to full as possible so coming back should not be too hard. I have a long way to go before I can use the muscles in that arm at all, but I am optimistic about my recovery. I got about 4 more weeks in the sling then the real fun begins.

    Doc says about 9 months til I do any real weight training, and to do lower weight higher rep for quite some time after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brfish View Post
    Well, I had surgery on jun 23rd and am doing great so far. Pain has not really been a problem at all. Doc says I had a 1 in a thousand tear. I tore the tendon in the middle versus pulling from the bone. I also tore my labrum as well which he fixed.

    I started rehab last week for ROM and I surprised the therepist with my ROM. Prior to the surgery I did a lot of ROM movements my Sis suggested and got my ROM as close to full as possible so coming back should not be too hard. I have a long way to go before I can use the muscles in that arm at all, but I am optimistic about my recovery. I got about 4 more weeks in the sling then the real fun begins.

    Doc says about 9 months til I do any real weight training, and to do lower weight higher rep for quite some time after.
    Sorry to hear about the incident, and glad the surgery went well. Hope recovery surprises the doc's even more, and that in years to come you see many new personal records!
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    Good luck on your recovery!
    (and maybe re-think the wisdom of using teenage spotters)
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    Thanks you all. Rehab is going great. PT says I am so far ahead it is rediculus. I guess my Doc is a keeper; too bad he is moving out of state in a couple months. Anyway, I can't wait to be cleared to start using some weights in PT. I can actually feel bone in my shoulder and my whole arm is turning to mush

    I am getting fat too as I can't even jog yet. Gonna hit the stationary bike this week now that I can "carefully" keep my arm outta the sling for a fair amount of time. I really did not want to sweat it up as I have to have it on most of the time.
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    Remember you want a long term good outcome more than you want immediate gratification. Think 3 months down the road. You'll be back, probably near full force. And for now, study muscle memory. That in itself will encourage you. You'll be shocked by how quickly your former mass returns. Patience is not easy, but it's a must. Vent, kick, fuss, and cuss here, but you be a good boy in that gym til the doc releases you!
  

  
 

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