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grebnehtor
17-03-2007, 10:24 AM
I am new to this thread and have a quick question on a shoulder problem I've been having. A year ago, I was an avid weight lifter and swimmer, but over time I had developed a slight pain in my shoulder. Over time the pain had grown worse, and a popping sound seemed to emerge from within my shoulder, especially when I place my arm straight down the side of my body and make a rotating motion (like I'm screwing a screwdriver).

An MRI and x-ray study showed that there were no evidence of tears or rotator cuff injuries, but that I only have an inflamed AC joint. The doctor suggested that I take anti inflammatory drugs and stay off my shoulder for two months.

Does anyone else have a problem like this, or know of some other problems I could possibly have?

kjwilkin
17-03-2007, 11:37 AM
I am new to this thread and have a quick question on a shoulder problem I've been having. A year ago, I was an avid weight lifter and swimmer, but over time I had developed a slight pain in my shoulder. Over time the pain had grown worse, and a popping sound seemed to emerge from within my shoulder, especially when I place my arm straight down the side of my body and make a rotating motion (like I'm screwing a screwdriver).

An MRI and x-ray study showed that there were no evidence of tears or rotator cuff injuries, but that I only have an inflamed AC joint. The doctor suggested that I take anti inflammatory drugs and stay off my shoulder for two months.

Does anyone else have a problem like this, or know of some other problems I could possibly have?

Hi there,

The worst thing you can do is not to use your shoulder for 2 months. Even if you did some gentle exercises to keep the shoulder going it's really important. It sounds like you may have some shoulder instability. A MRI probably won't show up shoulder instability. A plain x-ray is better at showing this up. I would be very weary of the advice you've been given so far.

I strongly suggest you go and see a sports physician that specialises in shoulder problems. Both my sports physicians in Melbourne deal with a lot of shoulder injuries as they are both medicos as 2 AFL clubs in Melbourne. I think you should also go to see a physio that specialises in shoulders for a strengthening program. My physio in Melbourne specialises in shoulders and works with one of the AFL clubs in Melbourne. Let me know if you want their details.

Clinical pilates is also a good way to build up the muscles around the shoulder. I have been doing it for a couple of years and has helped me a lot. The good thing about clinical pilates is that you can do it to you own level and needs.

Let us know how you are getting on.

grebnehtor
18-03-2007, 02:12 AM
To be more specific, my x-ray was reviewed by the orthopedist, and was found to have nothing wrong with it (no tears), as well as the MRI. The only seen problem was an inflamed AC joint. I am on some anti inflammatory medication (IB profein and Aleve)

I go to a University at the moment. I will talk to a spots specialist about my problem.

Where could I get some information on shoulder strengthening/ shoulder stability increasing exercises that could be preformed by an elastic band?

RCheesley
18-03-2007, 04:57 AM
Hi,

If you have ACJ problems, a sports therapist may be able to help you while you train by using certain taping techniques to protect the inflammed ACJ while you train. As kjwilkin said, there's nothing worse for your shoulder than to not use it at all for such a length of time - unless there is good reason for such a course of action (for some injuries, you have to not use the shoulder to allow the structures to heal properly).

You will probably find this page (http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/cybertherapist/front/shoulder/acjoint.htm) useful regarding ACJ injuries, but are you sure there isn't something going on at your shoulder - for example some instability, or perhaps a problem with your biceps tendon? This can often make a "pop" noise if it is moving around in the groove it resides in, and can also be quite painful. This would not show up on an MRI/X-Ray but can be ascertained by a detailed examination from a sports therapist/physiotherapist/sports doctor. It might be worth investigating at least!

Hope that helps!

Ruth

needshelp
18-03-2007, 06:13 AM
hey
this is like the problem that i am having
you might want to put it in a sling because that is what i am being suggested to do

grebnehtor
21-03-2007, 02:45 AM
Hey all!

It's been about a week so far, (two weeks of no heavy shoulder training) any my shoulder really has not seen any real headway in improvement. The other night, I went for a swim and my shoulder felt fine, but after four hours post workout, my shoulder began to hurt and click again. If I slightly move my shoulder in some directions, there is a shooting pain that lasts for only one second, and there is still that ever present popping and clicking sensation in my arm. I have been on anti-inflamatory medication since then.

grebnehtor
21-03-2007, 08:37 AM
Hey again,

Another symptom of mine occurs when i place my bicep next to my ear. This produces a sleight pain where the shoulder bends, right in that crevice. What does this mean?

angieliu
21-03-2007, 11:05 AM
Honestly, i think that you should go and get it checked out. I was told that if my shoulder was clicking and it wasn't hurting me then in some instances it's better to just leave it. BUT if it is hurting you whenit pops and you are findig it hard with certain movements, go and see a specialist about it. it's worth it.

grebnehtor
25-03-2007, 01:38 AM
I went to another Doc to find that, after review of my MRI, I have lost substantial ammounts of minteral in my AC joint and I have, what is called, weightlifter's shoulder, or CLAVICLE (COLLARBONE) OSTEOLYSIS/DEGENERATION. The doc says that with conservative treatment, I should see improvement within two months. If this doesn't work, then I will need surgery to remove part of my bone, which wouldn't be fun. Anyone else have a problem like this?

angieliu
28-03-2007, 12:24 PM
I can't relate to the actual injury you have sustained but can go by personal experience that within 8 weeks I noticed quite a significant improvement in strength with my shoulder and muscle development.

A

eamons1
07-04-2007, 04:18 AM
Grebnehtor,
had a similar issue with my right shoulder it would make a popping noise and normally come with a burning sharp pain at the front of the shoulder. This went on for a year plus ... my physio put this down to muscle impingement in the shoulder joint. However a month ago whilst lifting a reverse weight the popping noise was louder and a few days later (no training since the noise) I was diagnosed with a complete rupture of the long head bicep. I am currently not able to train and wish I had listed to my body and slowed down. So take it easy and look after you shoulder...
Good luck mate ....... Eamon.