Shoulder pain

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    Sep 09, 2007 8:58 PM GMT
    I've been unable to do any good workouts on barbells because my left deltoid experiences this sharp pain whenever I'm pushing the barbell back up. I've noticed that if I don't bring it too far down, it doesn't hurt for a while but a) it eventually starts hurting again after a couple of reps and b) I feel like it's doing nothing for my chest. I try stretching it out/massaging it/rotating it to reach to it, but the pain only comes during the workout. It's frustrating because it feels like it's inside the muscle, and when I try to feel for the pain, I can't locate it exactly. I've tried resting and not doing barbells for a while, but it comes back whenever I do pick it up again. What should I do?
  • DrStorm

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    Sep 10, 2007 5:11 PM GMT
    I've had this injury (and I bet it is)and it became so debilitating that I could barely lift my right arm let alone do any workouts. not working out really didn't help, infact it seemed it got worse. I got myself to a sports medicine center and an excellent physio who over a period of 3 months got to the root of the injury and I was back in gym working out happily.

    I had the same pain in my shoulder (and felt like the anterior (front) deltoid) and thought it was a shoulder issue. However, it turns out that the problem was caused by heavy barbell bench presses and bringing the bar to my chest. As one get's older it is recommended by sports doctors and PTs that you do not bring the bar all the way to your chest as your tendons are no longer as elastic as they used to be and that the root of the pain was tendinitis of the biceps muscle which inserts onto the bone in the shoulder area making it seem like it's a shoulder issue.

    My advice, go to a physiotherapist. My money is on this. It's a very common injury and on that really doesn't go away - it may seem to go away, but as soon as you get back to heavy barbell bench it comes right back at you.

    My PT gave me some great strengthening exercises and I do dumbbell presses instead. Never had a problem since and able to push a good decent weight.

    Hope this helps you.
  • Alan95823

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    Nov 04, 2007 4:13 AM GMT
    I wonder if that's what's been going on with me? I woke up a little over a week ago with my right shoulder hurting enough that lifting it to wash my hair in the morning was pretty painful. It's gotten better over time, but still hurts a bit if I move it a certain way.

    Maybe it's time to stop babying it, and to try some exercises with light weight to see what I can do without hurting.
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    Nov 29, 2007 4:53 PM GMT
    I have been having on-agin/off-again shoulder pain. It does not persist during the day, but I find it especially hard to do chest at higher weights or reps without te pain distracting me.

    I assume its a rotator cuff issue, but I know its from lifting. I just do not know how to get the balance back in my workout or stregthem my shoulder properly to fix it.

    I really can't take off from doing chest for a couple weeks to rest it at the point I am in my plan.

    Any advice?

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    Nov 29, 2007 5:11 PM GMT
    I also have bilateral shoulder pain. I know where its coming from though. I sleep on my side and I feel the dull pain now when trying to sleep. I've been trying to sleep on my back and other positions. I'm hoping that will help. Maybe this is whats going on with you. Just what I've been thinging about with my shoulder problem.
  • Alan95823

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    Nov 29, 2007 5:18 PM GMT
    Found out my shoulder pain was from a pinched nerve in my neck. One adjustment from the chiro, a day or two of ice, and it didn't hurt at all.
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    Nov 29, 2007 5:34 PM GMT
    DrStorm gave you the best advice. As a massage therapist with some physiotherapy training, I'd say get it taken care of, then re-learn how to lift better.

    Since you're young, it shouldn't take 3 months to fix it. Treat your care as seriously as you treat your workouts and you'll be fine in a couple of weeks.

    Alan, I'm glad your Chiro was able to help you. Be sure to stretch your scalenes and get a good neck massage to keep that from coming back.