Give some more info.
What hurts your shoulder? What exercises? What movements?
DId your pain slowly set on or did it all of a sudden become bad one day?
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Cheers mate. Epic tale below:
I have had a history of shoulder trauma, mainly left shoulder, since I was fairly young.
That said, I’ve managed sustained periods (months/years) of heavy lifting as well as high volume conditioning work with no issues.
My shoulders were a bit ‘clicky’ in the run up to injury 2 months ago. I was doing almost daily push-ups (100 - 150 reps), as well as pull-ups.
I woke up with a very slight strain (amost stiffness) across the top of the left bicep and front of the delt one morning. Foolishly I did a heavy push session later that day and felt no ill effects.
The following morning it felt like it had the previous morning. As the day wore on it got worse. By morning 3 it was really becoming painful with poor ROM. By day 4 and 5 (which were hampered by being away on business) it was agony driving, in the shower, dressing, etc, and in bed it kept me awake with pulsating pains going down into my forearm. There was visible swelling around the top of the shoulder joint area. The epicentre felt like about an inch down towards top of my bicep.
Day 6 and my Chinese girlfriend got me to see a Chinese ‘doctor’. Big mistake. After lulling me into a false sense of security with acupuncture, gentle music and lights, I was subjected to a session the most kinky masochist would have complained about! The manipulation leaving me in agony. Later that day I got NSAIDs and the affect was almost immediate.
Two ultrasound sessions later in the week together with another 2-3 days of NSAIDs and the pain, swelling dropped dramatically. I also started some remedial work with bands. as well as foam rolling, and ROM drills.
Fast forward a month and I felt strong enough to vertically press my 20kg KBs. However ROM was still not perfect and horizontal pushing felt so bad I didn’t really do any as my shoulder was clicking and feeling vulnerable). As stated though, I felt pretty normal for vertical pressing with the KBs.
Then last Saturday I did some bodyweight circuits in the park. I did controlled bench push-ups, i.e. hands on bench making it easier, about 4 sets of 12 reps, as well as semi-supinated pull-ups. 12 hours later I started to feel similar pain. By the following evening I couldn’t sleep due to same pain as before. I took 2 NSAIDS through the night (x2 50mg dicoflex sodium) and by morning pain had almost vanished and decent ROM resumed. I haven’t done any training since and have a physio appointment tomorrow (Monday).
I’ll see what is said then and make a decision from there. I hope to fuck it’s not too serious as I’m getting seriously soft and totally pissed off. On the plus side, there is nothing to stop me doing lower body work to get my condtioning levels up - especially using my KBs outdoors. I don’t believe moves like the renegade row irritate the shoulder, so paring that with lunges, etc, should keep me ticking over. I hope!