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Jack Germain 07-20-2009 05:38 PM

Minor Shoulder Issue
I've been having a minor issue in my right (dominant) shoulder.

I have a painfree, full range of motion with some minor popping.. However, during the day, or when my arm is in extreme positions, I feel a sharp pain. The pain is around the supraspinatus area, around the upper shoulder blade, but I don't know if it is in fact the supraspinatus. Also, when I wake up or sit for long periods of time, there is a large amount of soreness and stiffness in my shoulder. It's aggravated a little by all pressing exercises, and is more stiff the mornings after press workouts.

It's been over a weak, and hasn't gotten noticeably better or worse. The pain first occurred after a bench press workout. I press over 2/3 of my bench and can do 8 chin-ups, so it's not simply a case of 'too much bench'. I also double checked, and I definitely am tucking my shoulders and using the best bench technique I can.

It's a minor issue right now, and it's not really affecting my ability to do workouts, but it feels unstable and I don't want it to get worse to the point where it requires surgery.

I would appreciate any thoughts and advice. I've already taken a few NSAIDS and done the common sense things like massage, and while they provide a little relief it hasn't really helped.

Steven Low 07-20-2009 06:27 PM

Re: Minor Shoulder Issue
May be impingement or overuse or something of that nature. That would be my guess since overuse tends to clear up a bit with good warmup.

Take a week off, ice, massage, etc. and see if helps

If you want something more accurate see an ortho

Jack Germain 07-20-2009 09:32 PM

Re: Minor Shoulder Issue
What do you mean "clears up with warm up"? The vast majority of the stiffness is gone after some shoulder dislocates, but it is still persistent day to day.

Steven Low 07-21-2009 01:07 AM

Re: Minor Shoulder Issue
Exactly what you described... stiffness and some pain decreases with warmup.

I mean, if you want to compartmentalize it you should really see a doctor and then physical therapist so you can ask all the questions you want.

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