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Old 06-05-2013, 11:28 AM   #1
Luke Norian
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Shoulder pain in upper right arm

Hello all,

I don't post often (read the forums quite a bit though) but have a concern that hopefully someone can shed some knowledge on. I have pain in my right shoulder while working out. I unfortunately can't name the exact location properly but it's in my upper arm. It seems like it's occurring in one of the tendons that connects my bicep and/or tricep to the shoulder. The movements that trigger the pain are full extensions of the arm when lifting or pulling significant weight - pull-ups and shoulder press for example. However, for whatever reason, kipping pull-ups don't trigger anything, only strict pull-ups. For strict pull-ups, the pain comes toward the end, right before I reach a full dead hang. It feels like a tendon is passing over something incorrectly when it reaches that point in the lift/pull. Anyone have any idea with what it could be?

EDIT: Looking at images online, it seems like the pain corresponds with the upper bicep tendon. Is it possible that it is inflamed and, therefore, causing pain when incorrectly rubbing against the bone? Another possibility is that it's a problem with the rotator cuff (seeing as how both tendons are found in the same area of the upper arm/lower shoulder).

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Old 06-05-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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Re: Shoulder pain in upper right arm

I guess the first thing I'm gonna do is try to lay off it a bit while icing it and taking some anti-inflammatories. In regards to this, should I stay away from movements that involve the arms altogether? I'll obviously take a break from pull-ups and other movements that require me to lift my arms fully overhead such as shoulder presses. However, should exercises that involve the arms but do not cause any noticeable pain, such as push ups, be avoided as well?

Furthermore, I very rarely take OTC drugs so I'm not the most familiar with them when it comes to recovery. What should my dosage look like?
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:13 PM   #3
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Re: Shoulder pain in upper right arm

go to http://321gomd.com/?p=99, see if any of this helps, would try to give whole shoulder complex a rest for a while, keep flexible with range of motion and stretching, if it is a tendonitis it will get better with rest. if it is SLAP or something else it may persist. As far as NSAIDS like Advil don't have to take them, it does not make things get better faster.
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Re: Shoulder pain in upper right arm

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go to http://321gomd.com/?p=99, see if any of this helps, would try to give whole shoulder complex a rest for a while, keep flexible with range of motion and stretching, if it is a tendonitis it will get better with rest. if it is SLAP or something else it may persist. As far as NSAIDS like Advil don't have to take them, it does not make things get better faster.
Hey Luke! I second what Sean says, he's an orthopedic surgeon and smart dude.

First thing I'd do would be to see a professional, seems like you've got some wonky things going on in your shoulder. I did write an article series describing what might be occuring in your shoulder that might be worth a read:

Part 1:
Part 2:
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Part 4:


Couple things come to mind for shoulder health:
1) See a professional
2) Eliminate exercise that cause shoulder pain
3) Press less often (horizontal and overhead) and row more often
4) Use press variations that are less stressful on the shoulder (Pushups, Shorter range benchpress: floor/board press)
5) Avoid pressing that using a large range of motion ie: very deep dumbbell press, flye variations.
6) Mobilize your thoracic spine: http://fitnesspainfree.com/?p=2642
7) Test your overhead flexibility and fix it: http://fitnesspainfree.com/?p=24
8) Promote scapular stability and learn how to control your shoulder blades: http://fitnesspainfree.com/?p=397
9) Consider more rest between workouts that stress the shoulder.

Here's a podcast I did recently with a fellow athlete and physical therapist about working with shoulder injuries. http://fitnesspainfree.com/?p=686

I know that's a lot of info! I hope it helps somewhat. Let us know how you progress
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