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Old 06-06-2009, 04:02 PM   #1
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Chest/Shoulder Pain after deadlifts

I was starting the DL WOD from yesterday. I warmed up thoroughly and went to pull 325lb (ramping up to old PR at 370lb) for my first 1RM and felt a tightness in my right pec. I set the weight down and it started to feel a bit sore so I stopped. Half an hour later, my right trap hurts anterior to the pain in my chest and it hurts to turn my head either way.

Any thoughts? Experience? Suggestions other than R.I.C.E.?
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:05 PM   #2
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Re: Chest/Shoulder Pain after deadlifts

Probably kicked something out of alignment. See a chiro/physical therapist.

It's muscular so you want to use heat. NOOOOOO ice/RICE.

Your form/techinique in DLs is probably a bit off. If you were looking up instead of keeping your head neutral with your spine then that may have caused something to strain and you're locking up now after your alignment is messed up
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:42 PM   #3
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Re: Chest/Shoulder Pain after deadlifts

Thanks Steven. I'll definitely avoid the ice (I hate doing that anyway) and try the heating pad.

I'm sure my DL technique could use some analysis. I've been self coaching for a year now from the site videos. I just started participating in the discussion boards so I'll make sure I take some video for the digital coaching after I'm well. Thanks again.
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:38 PM   #4
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Re: Chest/Shoulder Pain after deadlifts

No probs. keep us updated
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:59 PM   #5
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Re: Chest/Shoulder Pain after deadlifts

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Probably kicked something out of alignment. See a chiro/physical therapist.

It's muscular so you want to use heat. NOOOOOO ice/RICE.

Your form/techinique in DLs is probably a bit off. If you were looking up instead of keeping your head neutral with your spine then that may have caused something to strain and you're locking up now after your alignment is messed up
Why do you not ice a muscular injury? I'm pretty sure ice would be indicated here...heat may aggravate something acute...I can't think of many athletic injuries where ice isn't the bomb.
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Why do you not ice a muscular injury? I'm pretty sure ice would be indicated here...heat may aggravate something acute...I can't think of many athletic injuries where ice isn't the bomb.
Unless there's swelling in which case you want to use ice to keep inflammation down....

Muscles tend to respond best to heat by loosening up (whereas ice makes them contract). What happens with most injuries such as a strains, cramping, or destablization of ligaments, joints, etc. is the muscles themselves clamp down and contract to prevent movement thus protecting the injured area. While this is good to protect acute injuries, AFTERWARDS when we are trying to heal/treat the injury the tight muscles often lead to further dysfunction because the body starts compensating when muscles are tight.

Thus, if no swelling as previously mentioned we want to loosen them up, and that is done with heat.

You're right that ice is used for most stuff. Ligaments, tendons, bones, + swelling. Just muscles are the exception for the most part.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:00 PM   #7
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Re: Chest/Shoulder Pain after deadlifts

I'm going to clarify and give Steve the benefit of the doubt, but the situation in which you'd use heat is when you are preparing to use the muscle in question. This isn't some sort of rehab protocol, but a method to "loosen" the muscle up to prepare it to be used. This is also what we do when we spend extra time warming a muscle up prior to activity with extra sets or movements. Afterwords the ice would follow again to garner the normal effects of icing (e.g. increased blood flow for healing).
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:37 PM   #8
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Re: Chest/Shoulder Pain after deadlifts

Just thought I would follow up - pain lasted 3 days, limited ROM lasted 5 days. Back to 100%. Thanks for the help guys!
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