Shoulder bursitis

  • charrismd

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    Aug 27, 2012 7:09 AM GMT
    So, in January 2011, I injured my left shoulder by doing lateral raises. It was HORRIBLY painful....not responding to 800mg. ibuprofen every 6 hours, would awaken me from sleep, etc. Eventually went to physical therapy and the pain resolved after 6 weeks. This summer, while doing the same exercise, I AGAIN ended up with bursitis....this time on both sides. I did the ibuprofen/naprosyn thing again, but skipped the physical therapy. I am feeling well now and want to start back lifting. I'm pretty scared about doing it because I don't want to risk another injury. Anybody had this? Suggestions for how to start back? Thanks.
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    Aug 27, 2012 11:52 AM GMT
    Often, when you have inflammation, the pain will subside long before you are totally healed. Depending on your age, condition, other factors, you have have no pain, but there could still be spots of inflammation contained in the muscle belly.

    Also, consider that maybe you are doing the exercise incorrectly, or with too much weight. Side laterals do not require a lot of weight if performed strickly and if you want to go heavy, like I sometimes do, there is a particular form to ensure it is safe and effective.

    Hope this helps!!

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    Aug 27, 2012 11:57 AM GMT
    MuscleBadger saidOften, when you have inflammation, the pain will subside long before you are totally healed. Depending on your age, condition, other factors, you have have no pain, but there could still be spots of inflammation contained in the muscle belly.

    Also, consider that maybe you are doing the exercise incorrectly, or with too much weight. Side laterals do not require a lot of weight if performed strickly and if you want to go heavy, like I sometimes do, there is a particular form to ensure it is safe and effective.

    Hope this helps!!



    well it would be nice if you were to tell him the correct form, you know icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 27, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you said
    MuscleBadger saidOften, when you have inflammation, the pain will subside long before you are totally healed. Depending on your age, condition, other factors, you have have no pain, but there could still be spots of inflammation contained in the muscle belly.

    Also, consider that maybe you are doing the exercise incorrectly, or with too much weight. Side laterals do not require a lot of weight if performed strickly and if you want to go heavy, like I sometimes do, there is a particular form to ensure it is safe and effective.

    Hope this helps!!



    well it would be nice if you were to tell him the correct form, you know icon_razz.gif


    I dont believe you can TELL form.... I think you can only SHOW form. Find a reputable trainer with actual credentials and they can show you the effective, safe way to perform an exercise.
  • TampaENFJ

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    Aug 27, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    Sounds like an issue of a tight joint capsule, or some restriction in the tendon/fascia, and something is impinging on the bursa. Good form is important, but a proper form assumes proper joint mechanics, and obviously something is going wrong with yours. That is assuming you're using a weight/number of reps that is realistic. Check around for a sports PT clinic, or look for an ATC to help you with this area.
  • metta

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    Aug 27, 2012 8:47 PM GMT




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    Doc: Don't do it


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  • josephmovie

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    Aug 27, 2012 9:00 PM GMT
    I had a much less severe case of this and it took about a year to heal completely. I did no weightlifting for about two months, then started again doing lighter weights only twice a week. Now I have no problems. I always warm up properly and do stretching exercises between sets that put a stress on that area.
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    Dec 08, 2012 11:08 AM GMT
    consider getting a corticosteroid injection if it is bothering you with things