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    Yes, will be heading to the doc next month. For now I'm avoiding all lifts that tax the shoulders and sticking with lower body, bi/tri and abs. All this to give the shoulder a big rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vidapreta View Post
    Funny... I'm about to get a cortisone shot today in my shoulder.. Hope it helps.
    I've been training for 40 years and have had more surgeries than Frankenstein......rotator cuff surgery was the most debilitating, and I never regained full range of motion.

    There's a new procedure out called PRP injections....

    I don't have "enough posts to provide a link" but look it up.....

    I'm getting one in my elbow for a tear in the tricep tendon, and can't wait. this procedure sounds like the wave of the future.

    Good luck whatever you decide on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdb2 View Post
    For most injuries cortisone will just mask the issue for a short period which, as stated, leads to more harm than good. Be wary of them. Most of the sports pts I know loath Dr.s who prescribe them often
    Plus the needle digging in to your shoulder hurts like hell.
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    I, too, have been having issues with my left shoulder. Feels more like an impingement, but it might be a tear, as I recall when I first hurt it, it "burned" (I was sledding down a mountain and was getting out of control. I "stopped" myself with my elbow and that seemed to "pull" too hard on the shoulder.)

    It "clicks" when I move it across my chest and I think it's starting to bother my elbow. Not sure what's really going on, but I'm hoping maybe a chiropractor can align it. Also, feels like a balls of nerves right near my shoulder blade and when I bench, it feels like my arm's twisting. When I do dumbbell curls, I can't seem to get a good pump in the biceps and it feels like more of the outer triceps that gets the workout. And, then there's the ulnar nerve. Feels like it wants to pop out or some such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricroc
    but I'm hoping maybe a chiropractor can align it.
    Chiropractors do an awesome job on a lot of musculoskeletal issues, but if it were my shoulder, no f'ing way would I let one torque on it. If there is a tear, that could possibly make it worse. If it is impinged, it's a easy diagnosis: what the doc will do is inject the AC joint with lidocaine. If the pain goes away, it's impinged.

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    ^--cool. Good advice to follow. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by napalm View Post
    Chiropractors do an awesome job on a lot of musculoskeletal issues, but if it were my shoulder, no f'ing way would I let one torque on it. If there is a tear, that could possibly make it worse. If it is impinged, it's a easy diagnosis: what the doc will do is inject the AC joint with lidocaine. If the pain goes away, it's impinged.

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    napalm, I have been diagnosed by an orthopedic surgeon as having labrum tears in both shoulders, although I haven't had any MRI's done yet. I noticed you said that your labrum tears don't give you any additional pain when you work out. My experience has been the opposite -- when I work out (especially chest exercises), my labrum tears hurt, sometimes really badly. Do you think that is an indication that I have a rotator cuff tear and not a labrum tear (or maybe in addition to a labrum tear)? Also, did doing any physical therapy exercises bring any pain relief? I have been doing them on my own at the gym, but I don't think they've really helped much (in fact, it actually hurts when I do the exercises).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpicedCider

    napalm, I have been diagnosed by an orthopedic surgeon as having labrum tears in both shoulders, although I haven't had any MRI's done yet. I noticed you said that your labrum tears don't give you any additional pain when you work out. My experience has been the opposite -- when I work out (especially chest exercises), my labrum tears hurt, sometimes really badly. Do you think that is an indication that I have a rotator cuff tear and not a labrum tear (or maybe in addition to a labrum tear)? Also, did doing any physical therapy exercises bring any pain relief? I have been doing them on my own at the gym, but I don't think they've really helped much (in fact, it actually hurts when I do the exercises).
    Like I mentioned earlier, labral tears can be hard to dx. They don't show up a lot on MRI. The definitive way to dx one is through arthroscopy. I see one of three scenarios: labral tear, cuff tear or both. My last repair was for both.

    As far as therapy bringing pain relief, the short answer is no, the pain relief comes from the repair itself. I haven't been pain free in 25 years. This is what we do bro, as with anything there are consequences if taken to extremes.

    Good luck and keep us posted...

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    Quote Originally Posted by napalm

    Like I mentioned earlier, labral tears can be hard to dx. They don't show up a lot on MRI. The definitive way to dx one is through arthroscopy. I see one of three scenarios: labral tear, cuff tear or both. My last repair was for both.

    As far as therapy bringing pain relief, the short answer is no, the pain relief comes from the repair itself, and in my experience, even after repair there is still a degree of pain. I haven't been pain free in 25 years. This is what we do bro, as with anything there are consequences if taken to extremes.

    Good luck and keep us posted...

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    Quote Originally Posted by napalm View Post
    Like I mentioned earlier, labral tears can be hard to dx. They don't show up a lot on MRI. The definitive way to dx one is through arthroscopy. I see one of three scenarios: labral tear, cuff tear or both. My last repair was for both.

    As far as therapy bringing pain relief, the short answer is no, the pain relief comes from the repair itself. I haven't been pain free in 25 years. This is what we do bro, as with anything there are consequences if taken to extremes.

    Good luck and keep us posted...

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    Taken to extremes... dude, look at my stats! LOL. I don't think I ever really was able to get off the ground with working out -- I had my injury about two or three months after I first started going to the gym. How would you describe the pain you had from your rotator cuff tear? Is it a burning pain that you feel during benchpressing that intensifies with every additional rep during a set? I also will sometimes get a dull pain in the shoulder while running.

    Also, what did the doctor say about working out with your injuries? Did he say to do whatever you want as long as you're willing to put up with the pain? Or did he tell you that working out could make it worse?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpicedCider

    Taken to extremes... dude, look at my stats! LOL. I don't think I ever really was able to get off the ground with working out -- I had my injury about two or three months after I first started going to the gym. How would you describe the pain you had from your rotator cuff tear? Is it a burning pain that you feel during benchpressing that intensifies with every additional rep during a set? I also will sometimes get a dull pain in the shoulder while running.

    Also, what did the doctor say about working out with your injuries? Did he say to do whatever you want as long as you're willing to put up with the pain? Or did he tell you that working out could make it worse?
    I described my cuff tear pain earlier in the thread, it gets worse with exertion. Keep in mind that symptoms differ depending on the extent and exact location of the injury.

    The damage will get worse, obviously, if you keep on training without getting it fixed.

    Best advice: get the MRI, if there's no cuff tear the surgeon may want to do an exploratory arthroscopy to check out the joint itself if the symptoms are still there.

    Take your time and find the best ortho doc you can, it's worth it.

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