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warren costa
08-23-2003, 10:40 PM
Over ten years ago, I injured my shoulder by lifting weights and punching the heavy bag with bad technique. I am experiencing a sharp pain in the front part of my left shoulder, especially when I attempt wide grip bench presses or push ups with my hands placed too far apart. Also, the pain is present whenever I rotate my shoulder in the "Egyptian" joint mobility manuever, i.e., arms out to my sides and turning the hands. The pain is mostly isolated to the shoulder, but sometimes the pain radiates to the pectorial muscle. I had x-rays and they came back showing no abnormalities. My massage therapist suggested that I may have an injured tendon. My question: Can an injured tendon heal on its own - I have had this pain for years. I am trying acupuncture which I have been told, will heal the tendon.
Any suggestions?
Thanks, Warren

Scott Shafer
08-24-2003, 01:21 AM
1) Bench with a narrower grip.

2) Dont' do freaky 80's dance moves ("Walk like and Egyption").

3) Accupuncture masks the pain. Rest it to recover.

David Heyer
08-24-2003, 05:45 AM
I injured my shoulder (dislocation) wrestling a while back. It wasn't healing. I went to numerous "specialists" only to get more frustrated with the pain. They would try to get me to take meds to mask the pain, and wanted to cut me.
I got smart and went to the Chiropractor. With just the first visit, I felt great! It took about 4-5 visits total until I no longer felt pain whatsoever.
Give it a shot, what have you to lose?

warren costa
08-24-2003, 12:23 PM
Greetings all,
Thank you for all the suggestions. In addition to massage and acupucture, I have been having regular adjustments by a chiropractor. The trouble is that my shoulder feels great immediately following the treatment, but later in the day when I test it by rotating it (carefully) or stretching it, the pain is still present. I have rested my shoulder for up to a month at a time, but the pain still returns with exertion. This problem is very frustrating to me because just about everything I enjoy doing involves ballistic shock to the shoulder, i.e., kettlebells, olympic lifts, surfing, etc. As the x - rays were normal, I plan on requesting an MRI to check out the shoulder further. I will post the results for furthur feedback and advice.
Thanks, Warren

warren costa
09-08-2003, 11:27 PM
I went to a doctor, and after a brief inspection of my shoulder, he determined that I have a bursitis that is causing my pain. Previously, I had an orthopedic surgen diagnose my shoulder pain as being caused by a damaged acromialclavicular joint, which he offered to operate on. Naturally, I declined his invitation. So, since there is no way to determine the true cause of my irritation, I am going with the bursitis as the lesser of two evils. So, my questions are: What can I do to heal bursitis? - permanent rest is not an option. Any ideas on alternative therapies, exercises, and diet?
Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Warren

Robert Wolf
09-08-2003, 11:54 PM

Bursitis is a form of inflamation so supplemt with fish oil if possible (read the Omega RX zone for specifics), ice the area agressively and try to minimize movements which irritate the area ie. find alternatives. Wide grip bench and pushups are, as you mention above, common culprits. Work on flexability as it is common to have compression of both the rotator muscles and bursa. Make sure your pullups are to the sternum to engage the rhomboids.

Let us know how things progress.

warren costa
09-14-2003, 12:36 AM

Thank you, I will.