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Old 01-01-2012, 07:15 AM   #1
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AC Joint Inflammation

Hi Guys

Hoping someone here can offer something on this.

I've had pain in my AC Joint for about 2 months now. Went to the physio who said it was inflammation and prescribed brufen and rest. I read some info about it on the Starting Strength Boards and followed Rip's 800mg 4 times a day for 5 days and then some rest. It's still sore.

I notice sleeping on that side really makes it worse so have been trying my best to sleep on the other side.

Doing weights on it isn't that painful but I can feel it. Pullups probably hurt the most and I have a bit of pain the in the lat on the same side as the shoulder pain. Not sure if this is related.

I'd really like to get this sorted so I can make a good start in 2012!

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 01-01-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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Re: AC Joint Inflammation

3 "phases"

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. + non-painful mobility work.

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.


Obviously, doing things that aggravate it currently will prolong your recovery. So try not to do that.
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:25 PM   #3
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Re: AC Joint Inflammation

Mine was sore for about 12 months after a foolish bench pressing experience. I tried R.I.C.E, ibuprofen, nothing would finish off the inflammation until I high-dosed fish oil. Went with the 1g per 10lbs of BW and all inflammation disappeared in a week. Might not be typical results but worth a try.
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Re: AC Joint Inflammation

Guys thanks so much for the advice.

Steven, expert and comprehensive as always. I will follow your guidance.

Damon, I will give the high dose fish oil a go!

Have a great 2012.

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Old 01-07-2012, 03:27 AM   #5
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Re: AC Joint Inflammation

So far so good on the fish oil. 25 high strength caps a day seem to be doing the trick.

Might start back at boxing in a week!

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Boxing would probably not be a good idea.
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