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    Cool Shoulder Pain

    I have a shoulder impingement in the rotator cuff area. Now I know I have to rehabilitate the area with rotator cuff stretching and exercise, but do I take some time off to let the inflammation go away or do I start right now and work through the pain until it's gone. After x-rays and arm movement with my doctor and doesn't feel there is a tear.

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    Take some time off. You would probably worsen pain if you do workout. Just do stretching until you can elevate arm without pain.

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    It's probably from behind the head, lat pulldowns and , behind the head millitary press's.

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    Bro, I went to the Dr. right before Thanksgiving, she said take time off, everytime I started I'd get sore for like a week at a time. Just today started lifting light very light! I know as I sit here I'm sore and scared to death. I talked to a sport phys. and he said if it stays the same it could be a tore labrum and then I'd have to have surgery and probably not w/o for upto 8months.
    Watch it bro! Be very very careful you don't want to be in my boat.

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    I'm in a similar boat except I'm mid cycle...so not much chance of taking time off for me. However, I've noted in the past when I would take time off that it wouldn't take much once I started lifting again to cause the pain to return.

    I'm just hoping the cuff exercises/cycle combo will help build those damn muscle back up quicker - I'm tired of not being able to do a flat bar and being tied to the hammersmith machines!

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    I had the same problem. I went to the doctor and even took a moth off. Someone told me it was because I did behind the head pull downs. As soon as I stopped, it was gone. I would look at what you are doing. Good luck

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    behind the neck military and also lateral raises will give rotator cuff problems. I avoid those as well as behind the neck pulldowns.



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    lateral raises are part of my rehab for this shoulder impingement. What you don't want to do is raise your hand above shoulder height. Also being that the shoulder joint has a small muscle you don't need a lot of weight to stimulate the muscle. 15 to 20 pounds is more then enough for lateral raises.

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    I haev recently been told that I have severe shoulder impingenment. My left shoulder is so bad that if I roll over on it when sleeping I get a sharp "wake-up"! So many parts of my w/out are finished - chins, lat raises, mil-press, even flat bench is too painful afterward (with any considerable amt of weight!)..It is Cybex and Smith machines for atleast 6 months!

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    I am 2 months post shoulder surgery, it was some painful ****. I am 46 and have been working out most of my life. This has all put a sudden stop to my workouts.

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    i had suffered a similar shoulder injury while trying to bring up heavy dumbbells for shoulder press about 2 months ago. The pain won't go away and consulted my doctor. He found nothing serious about my shoulder injury, gave me some pain killer and told me to take a month off training. But the pain persisted on. Until last week, i got some medicated plaster from a chinese physician which contain active ingredients like tienchi, after 2-3 application, the pain is gone completely. I will start light training this week and see how the recovery goes.

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    Well, Bros this is the over 30 board and I will bet that almost everyone here has had a shoulder at one time or the other if they started lifting in their teens.

    I have found that the key to keeping this from reoccuring is proper warm up.

    I move my shoulder around in the ball socket for the first 10-15 minutes of my workout between set regarding of what I am working that day. Think of greasing up a ball, moving it slowing around getting the kinks loose around the ball. When you look in the mirror, you should see the blood flowing to the joint. It gets redder and the veins across the front and in your uppper chest get more vacular.

    Knock on wood, but I have not had any problems with my shoulder since I screwed it up arm wrestling in a bar without any warm. I won, but my shoulder hurt for about six months.

    Beside warming up, glucosamine and chonriotin (sp?) really help. Generic works as well as the expensive Bi-flex brand.

    The best without a doubt however is deca . 200 mg a week and your joint feel like you are 20 again. Problem is when you stop, you go back to 40. Oh, well.

    If you use proper form and using a weight that allows you to keep proper form, you should be able to to behind the neck pulls down. Remember your arms do not change shape (form) during the motion, you are pulling down with your lats only. Put on 40-50 pound and do 7 sets of 25 with your eyes closed and feel what is going on. How you get hurt is putting on a sh%$ load of weight that forces you to cheat and twists stuff up in there.

    Warm up
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    Glucosamine
    Deca!

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    i had the same thing bro, and i didnt take time off and now they hurt all the time even though they are healed, it took 2 years for them to heal completly....so rest...

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    Just got back from the specialist who says I've got two herniated disks so no lifting or hockey for a while. It's frustrating but if you think about a month or two in the scheme of our lifetimes, it's nothing. Better to rest and then come back harder. But I miss those endorphins.

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    I seem to have a similar problem with my right shoulder....I work through it by warming up and it seems ok now...Had to drop my military press from 325 for 6 reps down to 225 for 8...My ego is crushed but my shoulder seems much better.

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    i got the same problems, overhead military presses bring tears to my eyes, hurts so bad. left should grinds and pops when i make a circle with my arm. going to the dr soon to have it looked at. maybe a shot of cortisone will help.

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    I'm starting to think that it may be the particular military benches we are using... The ones that make you go further back to grab the bar seem to strain the shoulder much more than some others I have used where you start with the weight not so far behind the head.

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    Besides behind the neck shoulder presses and lat pulldowns another shoulder killer to avoid is front pullups, both in my experience and from what I've been told.

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    Yep, behind the head lat pulldowns..and military definitely stresses the area..poses a real problem with rotator cuff. Avoid the movement, I know I definitely feel the pain when I've done them, I also avoid the free standing dips and bench dips..stress again on the rotator!

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    Deca always has helped me with my creaky joints - just a thought

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    you really have to becareful, cetainly don't want to end up having your shoulder operated on, that will take you out for a long time, relax and let it heal .. as hard as that is to do

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    Howdy,

    I had shoulder surgery 7 weeks ago as well. Mine was a little different, it was my AC joint. Plus they opened up my rotator cuff area alittle because of a slight impimgment. No more popping, snapping and grinding, but I still can't lift much yet. I need to star lifting light weights again, but I just haven't started yet. I've lost so muscle mass in the past 4 months it's scarey!

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