Shoulder area starts hurting whenever I run.

  • Aus92

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    Feb 09, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
    Whenever I go for a jog/run or whatever (about 4 times a week) my legs and all other areas will be fine but pretty much after 200metres I start to get really sore in my right shoulder. Its not anywhere else. Just the shoulder and the area halfway between my shoulder and base of my neck.

    Whats causing it and how can I prevent it?
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    Feb 09, 2010 12:33 PM GMT
    I have similar pain during some of my runs. The first few times it happened I thought, "Is this what a heart attack feels like?"

    What I usually do is let my arm go limp and shake it a bit. I stop moving that arm for a bit and the pain passes. I think the pain starts because my arm arms and shoulder tense up. Now I try to remember when I start a run to keep my neck, shoulder, and arms loose.
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    Feb 09, 2010 1:02 PM GMT
    Do you have an old injury there? I seem to recall something similar happening a few times when I used to run. It was the result of tension which I was holding in the body and went of its own accord. Try doing a yoga class once a week. If it doesn´t relax out on its own you should consider getting checked out to see what is going on.
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    Feb 09, 2010 1:38 PM GMT
    If it feels like it's in the joint, this could be due to a muscle imbalance. I had the same problem and it recurs whenever I neglect to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints. For a while, I couldn't even open the refrigerator door without wincing.

    Try doing various shoulder exercises and see if that helps.
  • Stephan

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    Feb 09, 2010 2:06 PM GMT
    Try Stretching the shoulder first for at least a good 5-10 minutes to get it warmed up. I have the same problem from time to time, and stretching my arms and shoulders seem to help. In addition, I excerise more my shoulders now, and the helped as well.

    Good luck!
  • Ironman4U

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    Feb 09, 2010 2:20 PM GMT
    It could be your how you are holding your neck, shoulder, back or arms. If your form is off or your running "tense," then you will put extra strain on yourself.

    Focus on relaxing your muscles. Keep your arms bent but loose. Make sure you are letting them swing naturally back and forth with your gait and not crossing in front of your torso.

    A good sports doc or even an experienced runner could probably do a gait analysis to see if the problem is what I described above. Good luck.