Hi chaps, first post over here, I’m just hoping someone has been in a similar position and can shed some light on my situation. I reckon there are probably a lot more of you that may be able to help?
Basically, I’ve done a variety of training for years (Swim/Cycle/Run) and have always included weights in my routines. A few weeks back I had done a pretty hard workout involving my shoulders throughout the session, didn’t sustain any pain or injury but two days later before I was about to go to sleep I managed to somehow end up with a pinched nerve in the neck, causing a hell of a lot of pain in my left arm / shoulder.
Now the physio I saw initially put this down to a stiff muscle in my neck and over the past two weeks I had some treatment but nothing giving quick relief. It’s been slow to get rid of the pain (trouble sleeping for sure) and even though it has eased up greatly, I still have seriously limited movement in my arm - it initially felt like it was separated at the delt and that’s where more recent pain has been. The scapula is now ‘winging’ if I try to lift my arm out in front, and hasn’t got much better at all. The delt seems to have disappeared and my lat seems to hide away too when both arms are raised in your typical ‘gun pose!’!.
Hope the pictures attached show this well - I’ve reversed the good (right side) for comparison. I’m pretty convinced I may have caused this by some shrugs at the end of my routine as I ended up rounding the shoulders, but nothing past what I’ve done in the past.
The physio reckons there is no muscle problem, based on the lack of pain when she manipulated it a little. I’m not convinced that the nerve problem can still cause so much loss of movement especially since it has subsided. Its as if the trap or delt has stopped working, the scapula is not in control and is sore towards the outside too.
Anyone had a similar problem and how the hell do you fix it?!
Really hoping someone can help me get back to what I love to do best!
Thanks in advance