- Minor or Major?
Seems there are a few post with injuries, so I guess this is the place for it. Anyway:
4+ years lifting on and off, with some muscle inbalances, most notably internal rotation of humerous.
I injured my shoulder about four years ago doing dumbbell flat bench. Went a little lower than 90 and tried to ‘muscle’ it out. I never saw a professional for this, and it eventually went away. So about a month ago I get pains and inflammation in my shoulder telling me something isn’t right. So I go to a sports doctor who tells me he thinks its a labral tear (iirc, not sure about the physiology). And if so that they can go in arthroscopically and repair it. Now I’m under the impression that 1) some doctors jump at the chance to operate, and 2) most people are never the same after surgery. The MRI I have scheduled is going to cost me 700 out of pocket. THis is ridiculous and I’m sure that the surgery will be much more, but if it fixed the problem it would be worth it to me.
Here’s the real question: I have been working out somewhat consistently and without incident since it “healed” on its own years ago. In early 2005 I had a wrist injury that kept me from doing upper body exercises esp. the shoulder. Then in late 2005 I stayed out of the gym for almost 6 months for another reason. So that adds up to about a year or nonconsistant work. Then after about a month or so of taking it easy, I decide I’m ready to lift as heavy as I can, and this is where the recent symptoms started. I should mention that there are no real range of motion problems, and I can finish my workouts, its just that it starts hurting more and I have this innate feeling that I should go home. If I take Ibuprofen, it goes away in 2-4 days depending on how heavy I lift, but that’s really way too long to recover for someone who actually is looking to progress.
It seems that there is something to this, and that maybe I can rehab it without surgery. I mean, why could I work out without a problem for 2+ years? I just don’t want to end up at this juncture in the years following as I get older. I plan to lift weights as long as I’m living.
Does any one else have this labral problem? Thanks in advance.