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Shoulder Impingement


#1

Well it looks like it's surgery time for my impingement problem,does anyone have any advice or can tell me what to expect?


#2

If you havent't tried it yet, an Active Release Therapist may be able to help. Many professional athletic teams now staff these therapists for their teams...and I believe surgeries are, many times, not needed after treatment. Its worth it to get it checked out.


#3

I second ART, but you have to find someone who is really good at it and not just someone who has been trained in it. An ART master is like a magician.
my 2cents...
Stay ways from bench dips and when doing DB shoulder press keep palms facing (paralell grip)


#4

You can go to the active release website and find a provider near you...Chad Waterbury turned me on to this about 2 years ago and it has done nothing be help!!


#5

There's a lot of information on this website about avoiding or rehabbing shoulder problems:

Shoulder the Load
by Mike Robertson
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=538204

Long Live Your Bench
by Ian King
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=460658

Out of Kilter IV
Stop Shoulder Pain Cold!
by Ian King
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459716

8 Weeks to Monster Shoulders
by Alwyn Cosgrove and Chad Waterbury
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=818555

Question of Strength
By Charles Poliquin
http://www.T-Nation.com/findArticle.do?article=2cp

Cracking the Rotator Cuff Conundrum
by Eric Cressey
http://www.T-Nation.com/findArticle.do?article=280rotator2

Heal that Hunchback!
by Mike Robertson, M.S., C.S.C.S., U.S.A.W.
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459846


#6

I had the surgery done last year. My deal was like this: my shoulder started to hurt in march, I iced it and babied it for a month, some great guys here in San Jose tried ART but it was too messed up.
I wasn't able to reach my wallet (or even close to it).

I had surgery in August. It is pretty routine these days - find a GREAT surgeon. I was in a sling for 5 days and using it - rather gently - for another week or so.
Once the incision site healed it feel fine.

From a lifting standpoint - go easy. It felt very unstable for a couple months. I modified my bench and keep my elbows tucked all the time.
Once you build the strength up again - its all good.

My bench is back up to 300+ and my shoulder doesn't hurt.

that's that
Herb