Shoulder pain

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  1. drunkhnmunky

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    Sorry, don't got much time before class. . . more information later. I used the ab wheel today and two days ago I was doing bench pressures, and my shoulder is killing me. It is very painful when I raise it to the side. . . I'll be back with more info later.
     
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  2. Marius_Hancu

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  3. butch325

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    You might be dealing with a shoulder impingement syndrome or a rotator cuff injury. Get your family physician for a referral to an orthopedic surgeon for proper diagnosis and treatment. Both illnesses can be rehabilitated for 6 weeks. Steroid injections may add relief.

    For the mean time, NO lifting action of your shoulders above your head. Take analgesics as needed on a full stomach. If the pain is less than 7 days, apply cold compress 15 mins 3x daily. If the pain is more than 7 days, apply hot compresses 20 - 30 mins 3x daily. During tennis, do NOT serve.

    Get well soon,
    Butch Reyes
     
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    Everything above my head is fine. . . it's the action getting my hand to the height of my shoulder sideways. I'm not sure exactly where I feel the pain, but I think it's around the front.
     
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    how many reps were you doing on bench press on that day at the max weight? you might have attempted more than you can chew ...
     
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    I have had shoulder pain too, and had to rehab it on my own.

    It does come back sometimes, but I have found it is MUCH better if:

    1) I do pushups (building up from sets of 10 to sets of 20 to sets of 30...)

    2) I hold 3 or 5 lb weights ( I use ankle weights that I strap on my hands like boxing gloves) and I throw jabs for 5 minutes an arm and switch .. for 30 minutes. Front raises and lateral raise exercises mixed in too...

    3) STRETCH before playing!
    I'm not a doctor, (but I play one on tv) but these have helped me....
    These aren't the "manliest" of exercises, I used to bench 225lbs, so 3lbs seems pretty lame, but if you want to heal and strengthen the small muscles that support your shoulder, put your leg warmers on and jazz out with Richard Simmons!
     
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    Generally good ideas, except perhaps the duration at 2). 30 min, even with those 5 min breaks, could lead to some tendonitis.
     
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    Never used the ab wheel, but I think if you extended yourself a lot, it could generate a considerable pressure on your shoulder, thus careful there ...
     
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  10. drunkhnmunky

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    I only did 110 where I could usually do 130. I don't think the bowflex would be a good machine because of the resistance. . . that's probably what started it.
     
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    Butch is right on. Had a player of mine at the college who did almost the same thing. It is probably rotator cuff. You might not have damaged it to the point of needing surgery, but from what you describe you have done some damage that you should not ignore.

    Follow Butch's advice, but get to a trainer (if you are on the college or high school team) then have them recommend a sports doctor in the area. Go to the doctor. If you notice any swelling in the area now or if you use the shoulder, limit using that arm completely.
     
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    Hm, yes, the fact that the resistance increases with move distance/angle on Bowflex might indeed be a factor. Thus, at the end of the trip you have more force applied to you than at the beginning. Same with surgical tubing.

    Also, bowflex requires a lot of stability effort, as the bars can more in many directions. That's good in terms of exercising more muscles, but you have to be careful, esp if you have some instability in your joints.

    Still, I never used Bowflex. Others might be able to say more.

    Something else. Before getting to even 110, I'd recommend you to warm up at about 70lbs, with at least 6 reps. That's very important, a warmup series at about 60-70%.

    Also, with a warm up series, you feel how you're on that day. If you feel too weak (say too tired, physically or mentally, or you haven't eaten well), don't charge for your PR's or close to them, be moderate.

    Working slowly and deliberately (1-2 on the active part, 2-4-5-6 or recovery) with more moderate weights can do wonders to your body. You need to spend about 5-6 seconds in each rep.
     
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  13. drunkhnmunky

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    Went to the doctor. . . said I have minor rotator cuff injury, but told me just to take ibuprofen. . . that's it. College doctors are horrible.
     
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    Well, doctors are busy or unavailable all over the place. I suggest you study a bit those muscles and the links, you really must take care of yourself these days.

    In Canada, I had to wait 10months for my ankle surgery, which was considered elective. At least it was included in the provincial health insurance, thus didn't have to pay for it. I had to pay for physio though.
     
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