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Old 12-06-2010, 02:12 AM   #1
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Shoulder issue-AC?

Hi,
The circular lump of bone (is it the AC joint?) that sticks out on top of my shoulders (only hurts on the left side) is very sore to touch-I have strong pain on certain angles of movement-seems like originates from this one spot?
any thoughts on what is? & what can do for it?

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Old 12-06-2010, 11:55 AM   #2
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Re: Shoulder issue-AC?

Have you had any trauma to it recently? Could be an AC sprain if that's the case.

If you did somethig when you were younger and its hurting a lot then you probably wanna get that checked out.

You don't want to aggravate it into arthritis or soemthing liek distal clavicle osteolysis.

In general, AC joint pain you want to follow a protocol like this (general writeup) but I'd still get it checked just in case it's something else.

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Basically, you can follow tendonitis protocol minus the exercise and stretching for now:
http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2009/08/on-tendonitis/

The AC joint connects scapular to the rest of the body through the clavicle. The joint is supposed to be immobile. Once it gets moving via sprain or tearing of the ligaments, it's very easy to get arthritis in the joint since the cartilage wears down pretty quickly.

Basically, what you do with AC joint is rest, massage the muscles around the area to increase blood flow for healing + keep the muscles from tightening up, fish oil for anti-inflammatory, ice if it helps.

Once it start feeling better improve range of motion with non-painful movement, and start strengthening rotator cuff muscles to make the shoulder more stable.

Then work slowly back into compound movements.

Usually each of these steps will take 2-4 weeks each. Can take more or less depending on how your body recovers -- to improve recovery capacity take the fish oil, sleep more, eat quality foods, etc.
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:17 PM   #3
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Re: Shoulder issue-AC?

I think I had slight tendonitis at AC-and (believe in or not) last friday my chiro stuffed it as he attempted to adjust my SI joint-had me twisted on table & violently pushed shoulders one way hip the other-instant sharp pain (but SI much better!!! ha ha).
Can do chins/invert row & parralette pushups ups basically pain free-but other movements like racking a bar/dips etc-really hurt. Have booked in with a ART specialist & been recommended Krill oil (better than fish for anti inflamm?)
Any thoughts about Steven would be much appreciated?

Thankyou in advance, Matt from Oz
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:03 PM   #4
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Re: Shoulder issue-AC?

Yeah, you can priobably do non-painful stuff still.

Fish oil is better than krill.

Definietly get it checked
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:13 AM   #5
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Re: Shoulder issue-AC?

Get a PT to do a structural analysis. Steven suggested that to me and I found out my shoulder was structurally effed up, which I never realized was a result of spinal curvature. Duh. The bad structure set me up for a minor acute strain of my rotator cuff, but I'm glad I caught it before it became a tear.
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:13 PM   #6
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Re: Shoulder issue-AC?

Do you do shoulder strengthening work?
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