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Shoulder.. Friend Needs Help


a friend of mine recently started lifting with me (w/in 4 wks), and today he jacked his shoulder up pretty bad. is there anything you guys can reccomend that may speed his recovery? he's pretty upset about having to stay out of the gym. i would say just some light joint training when he gets mobility back, but i'm no physical therapist (YET, that is), but any reccomendations would be welcome.


An evaluation of what is wrong, some joint stability program, flexability and a strength training program to rectify any strength/tension imbalances, and maybee some a.r.t. treatments to relieve any adhesions that may have formed.
Easier typed than done though.


Cissus quadrangularis has done wonders for my pain on all my joints and tendons feel strong as iron while using it.

later mate


Be smart and have him see a doctor who specializes in sports medicine.

No one can give you much better advise since it's near impossible to accurately diagnose injuries online.


What was he doing when this happened? He will need to lay off probably bench and shoulder activity for a week and just go lighter untill he recovers.

STRETCH.... bend at the waist...hang the arm down and make a fist and do circles clockwise and counter on each arm.

He probably has not lifted in a while and is stressing it out. I am just finally able to do both chest and shoulders in the same workout without injuring the shoulder. I used to injure it every week and it was never the same side either.....but after time it just went away.


This happened to me back in april. I dislocated my shoulder training brazilian jiu-jitsu and recovery was a bit slow and I was out of it for awhile. Somethings that I think helped rehabilitate the shoulder are: Swimming, I found this to help more than anything, It doesnt put alot of stress on the shoulder and it helps alot... Have him lay off the bench and shoulders for awhile and just do some light joint training like stated above...Also I recommend that he start taking glucosamine, it takes awhile for it to help but it essentially acts as a lubricant for the joints and it works wonders, us jiu-jitsu guys swear by it... Other than that tell him I said good luck..


Probably rotator cuff??

I've got the same problem in my left shoulder and am following Eric Cressey's recommended exercises to address the issue.

Does it pain him when doing shoulder work only? Or does it pain him whenever the shoulder ROM is used (ie. benching, pullups, swimming, etc.)

He really needs to get a specialized doc IMHO. The faster the better and quicker his recovery will be.

Just my 2 cents.


For those who are scratching their heads:

Cissus quadrangularis contains high amount of vitamin C, carotene A, anabolic steroidal substances and calcium. These anabolic steroidal principles from Cissus quadrangularis showed a marked influence in the rate of fracture- healing by influencing early regeneration of all connective tissues of mesenchyma origin, namely the fibroblasts, the chondroblasts and osteoblasts involved in the healing and quicker mineralization of the callus. It has greater impact on osteoblastic proliferation than other cellular responses.

It sounds interesting! How long have you been taking it, USP? Can you elaborate a bit more on dosage, effects, etc.?



If your friend is experiencing similar symptoms to those with rotator cuff injuries, Eric Cressey's article is very valuable.

Cracking the Rotator Cuff Conundrum
by Eric Cressey