How to diagnose a transverse humeral ligament tear?

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    Oct 27, 2010 9:14 PM GMT
    Hey RJ'ers -- so I have reason to believe I might have a torn transverse humeral ligament in the left shoulder.

    After researching the thing a bit, it seems that a constantly 'clicking' bicep tendon is one of the symptoms, because the ligament is supposed to keep it in place. The constant clicking indicates it gets popped out of it's canal, and the constant friction leads to bicep tendonitis.

    It also said that you might notice a 'dip' on the spot where the ligament is supposed to be. I see no such spot, but maybe you won't notice it that quickly if it's covered by a reasonable sized deltoid muscle.

    So does anyone know how to diagnose this?

    Much obliged.
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    Oct 28, 2010 6:13 PM GMT
    Range of motion is limited, as well as inflammation usually. Sometimes tenderness is present. Like you said the clicking sound as well. Anterior shoulder or humeral pain intensifying with lifting or reaching overhead. Also hurts/tenderness in the groove right below the shoulder bone. That spot is probably this groove.
    An ultrasound can confirm it, as it may not be that ligament.
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    Oct 28, 2010 6:17 PM GMT
    Thanks!

    I'm gonna go to a PT, I still have my ROM so it might be something else... I rested it for 3 days now and the soreness seems to be gone.
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    Oct 28, 2010 6:18 PM GMT
    Stand on you tippy toes and stretch your arms as far up as you can. If you can't do it or it hurts then you either tore, ripped, or hyperextended it.
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    Oct 28, 2010 6:24 PM GMT
    mnboy saidStand on you tippy toes and stretch your arms as far up as you can. If you can't do it or it hurts then you either tore, ripped, or hyperextended it.


    I can do it - there's just some only-slightly-painful tension underneath the anterior deltoid.

    It might mean very little, my shoulders are so messed up after the surgery that sometimes I can't even tell if they're OK or not.
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    Oct 28, 2010 6:59 PM GMT
    Tazo995 said
    mnboy saidStand on you tippy toes and stretch your arms as far up as you can. If you can't do it or it hurts then you either tore, ripped, or hyperextended it.


    I can do it - there's just some only-slightly-painful tension underneath the anterior deltoid.

    It might mean very little, my shoulders are so messed up after the surgery that sometimes I can't even tell if they're OK or not.


    Is the flexion and extension okay?
    If you have previous injuries I would definitely suggest going to a PT or the doctor who operated on you.
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    Oct 28, 2010 7:13 PM GMT
    Yea that's what I'm gonna do... I'm hoping it's just a little sprain from overuse and nothing serious.

    Going to the doctor who operated me is a tad hard, he's about 10,000 km away icon_razz.gif