Popping in shoulder blades from pullups and bench.

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    Jul 05, 2007 7:15 PM GMT
    I have been getting some popping in my shoulder blades during rotation. I don't really do something less than hard core, so I'm afraid I've messed up my shoulders by overdoing it.

    I do a lot of pull ups and work on the bench since my back injury, but now my shoulder is acting strange by popping.

    Has anybody encountered this before? What are the different ways to deal with it?

    I think my form is good, so I don't know what could be the cause.
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    Jul 05, 2007 11:56 PM GMT
    When you say "popping", do you mean more of a clicking sound close to the top of the motion? You may want to add some rotator cuff exercises between your reps. I have a slight shoulder impingement and find that RC extensions really help with the "clicking" I sometimes get...
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    Jul 09, 2007 4:43 PM GMT
    No. It is from returning to the starting position on bench, or after an exersize to work my chest.

    Still wondering what's goin' on with my body...

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    Jul 13, 2007 2:58 AM GMT
    What you re describing is too vague...

    How do you do your pull ups and your bench presses...? Pully ups with the forearmes pronated or supinated? Pull ups with the hands wider than shoulder width apart? Pull ups end with the bar in front of your chest or behind your neck? Bench presses with with grip or narrow? How low do you go? Do you turn the elbows side ways or close to your trunk as you lower the bar...? All these factors in how the joint is loaded and which muscles are being wroekd on more in proportion to the other groups. For example, when doing pull ups, supinated forearms and narrow grip actually works more your biceps than your lats, this is because the lats fibers go inthe direction of the scapulae, and supinating the forearms recruit the biceps.

    And "popping" is, again, a too vauge and general description. The shoulder is a very interesting joint as the only bony articulation is your acromiocalvicular joint, of the AC joint, between the shoulder blade and the collar bone. The shoulder blade itself has cavities in it and also forms the shoulder socket, yet it floats on the thoracic cage on the back of your rib cage. Where is the "pop"? Your AC joint? your glenohumral (actual) shoulder joint? Is the poping end range gasesou compression you would hear as when someone "pop"s their knockles? AC joint snapping? Or more serious condition where the labrum (the cartilage lip of the GH joint) is damaged and causing incongruency with the humerous?

    It is mch easier if youare examined by an ortho in person... Verbal descriptions of symtons are often to vague... Also. in person, one can perform specific mechanical tests to aggrevate certain signs. If the mechanical tests results warrents further investigation, then your provider will order MRI or MRA's.
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    Aug 09, 2007 7:22 PM GMT
    I went to check out a new LA Fitness and mentioned my "popping" while I was getting the tour... the trainer I was talking with said that I should never break 90 degrees when doing pushups.

    I've determeined that bad form was causing the popping. So glad I know what the source of that noise was.

    And now that I stop at 90 degree push ups, the popping has gone away!


    Thanks for the advice guys!

    If it comes back, i'm def. going to an ortho, NYC.