I'm at a bit of loss as to where to go at the moment. In four weeks I'm scheduled to debut in an MMA fight in Australia and am experiencing a worsening of a shoulder injury.
So far I've been to a couple of doctors, had an x-ray and an ultrasound on it. Nothing has been diagnosed. There was slight bursitis in the shoulder area when the ultrasound was taken, but I've had bursitis on and off for years and know that this is not the same thing. The ultrasound also scanned the bicep and infra and supraspinitus (sp?). Again, nothing.
The symptoms I get is an ache in the shoulder joint that radiates down to the bottom of the bicep. I get pretty tight at the back between the shoulder blade and spine, too. It's almost like the arm becomes a dead weight, making it hard to lift my hand up.
While boxing doesn't seem to inflame it (I can do bag work without too much discomfort), sparring is a problem. I think this is from blocking strikes with my arm that is jarring the joint. By the end of a 90 minute sparring session last week I was relegated to using one hand to block. Suffice it to say, I got punched in the head a lot.
The two worst activities I've found are pummeling and holding pads for someone. I think both these movements require a sharp, pushing down force (when someone punches a pad I push out and down with it to try and catch the punch a little) that really sends the shoulder off. When it gets really bad I have to stop training.
Any ideas? If I had a clear idea of what was wrong then I could start looking out for it better. I'm seeing a physio today, but I'm not too optimistic that he's going to be able to help.