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Thomas Girouard 03-17-2006 09:00 AM

I do not post much, but do manage to read on on an almost daily basis. Quick background, 47 yo male, following crossfit for over a year. While I have always has some issues with my shoulders, mild soreness, popping, etc... yesterday something happened doing cleans. On the last set of 2, during the catch, I had extended popping, grinding feeling, it didn't feel like tearing, as I brought the bar to the rack position. I immediately new something was wrong and as the day progressed,things got worse. I cannot lift my arm at all, without extreme pain. As I try to rotate, I get strange feeling radiating down my arm. I do not believe this is muscular and have never had anything like this before. I am going to see a doctor today, but am looking for advice, has anyone experienced this, wouldn't mind some consoling given my wife has little sympathy for self inflicted injuries.

Christian Lemburg 03-20-2006 02:08 AM

Thomas, what did the doctor find out? I hope nothing too serious?

Given your description, I thought about what kind of injury this might be, and ended up with either a rotator cuff strain/tear, a labral tear, or a subluxed shoulder, all not really positive options. In any case, I hope you immediately saw your doctor for a thorough diagnosis - this is nothing to be treated at home!

Good luck, and fast recovery,


Thomas Girouard 03-20-2006 10:33 AM

Got in for an MRI last week. Initial read was no damage, a little tendonitis, although it still hurts quite a bit. Doc gave me a heavy duty inflamatory, which has helped a bit. Have gotten a little bit of ROM back, but am going to see an ortho this week for a closer look. Thanks for being positive.

Christian Lemburg 03-21-2006 04:51 AM

Ah, good to hear that the MRI scan was negative for structural damage. That is very good.

In that case, start massaging your rotator cuff muscles - you know - trigger point massage (yeah, I know you knew I would say that). Get a wall hook to massage your upper shoulder muscles (see [url=][/url] and [url=][/url]). A short summary of what and how to massage is at [url=][/url].

You can see the muscles and their associated trigger points and referral areas at [url=][/url]. The rotator cuff muscles are: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor.

Good luck, and fast recovery,


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