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Old 02-05-2009, 07:51 AM   #1
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I am a 37 year old male. I play baseball in a mens league as well as work out. About 6 months ago I played ball on a sunday and after the game I felt my shoulder and neck hurting. I went home showered grubbed and went to bed. When I woke up the next morning I was laying in bed and I was stretching, I felt a slight tug between my neck and shoulder as I was midway through the stretch whatever grabbed between the neck and shoulder (pinched nerve I think) and completely paralized me for like 2 minutes. The pain was excrushiating. After a couple minutes I felt a small pop and then the pain started to subside and I could move again. I thought maybe I pulled a muscle cuz a large knott appeared between the neck and shoulder just above the top inside part of my shoulderblade. Well like I said its been about 6 months and the knott is still there it hurts me to raise my arm over my head and I cant sleep on that side and if I turn to far right to look I get alot of pain also. I was wondering if anything like this has ever happend to anyone?

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go to the doctor and have him do some tests on you. usually if you can't raise your arm over your head that's a good indicator something is wrong with your RC. and he might send you to get an mri.

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go to the doctor and have him do some tests on you. usually if you can't raise your arm over your head that's a good indicator something is wrong with your RC. and he might send you to get an mri.
I'd also advise to go see a doctor or physiotherapist. When I've torn my RC playing baseball 3years ago, the pain went from my shoulder all along my collarbone. I also think the pain changes all depending on where(refering to the RC) it happened.

Hope you didn't workout too much in the 6month period.
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When I've torn my RC playing baseball 3years ago, the pain went from my shoulder all along my collarbone. I also think the pain changes all depending on where(refering to the RC) it happened.
same here...mine goes down into my bicep/tricep too....just depends on what i'm doing.

my doc didn't think it was a big deal....until 2 months later when the pain got worse and i asked for an mri
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Hey guys thanx for the input. the pain does go down my neck kind of through or almost follows the collarbone. I have been trying to stay on my normal workout regiment but I have not been able to do certain lifts. I have felt pain the whole 6 months even working out and I dont want to sound like Im trying to be a toughguy or anything like that. I do have an abnormally high tollerance for pain, Because I have been in 2 serious accidents and was a semi-professional boxers for 15 years so pain kinda comes with the territory. But like everyone else I do not like it and do not wish to be in it and usually I know if Iam in enough pain to need a doc then dam its got to be serious.. Ah man here I go again. I have had 4 previous operations on my arm and hand. I had to have my nose reconstructed and sewn back on my face. Also broke it 3 times. I have had ankle surgery and even had to have an emergency appendectomy after appendix ruptured. I have broke every finger on both hands at least twice and had mitek anchors inserted in my thumb to get my grip back. After all of this now I get to go deal with yet another problem. I talked with my wife and I am going do the dr. on monday. Thanx for the advice guys I really appreciate it. I will let you know what doc says. Dam I was just getting ready to run a new stack. Rehab and depression next stop lol. I hope not...I'll Holla later gees
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A few years ago I pulled my shoulder,I did not go to the doctors,so not sure if it was my rotator cuff.I found resistence
bands helpful for rehab.
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It never happened to me but you certainly should visit a doctor
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When that 'pop' happened, that was the initial injury.
What's most likely happened since then, because of lack of treatment, is scar tissue has built up and essientally 'locked' your shoulder into one unit. This explains the pain when you raise it above your head.
This is coming from a fellow ball player, 16 years. I've injured my rotator cuff before and neglected treatment as well. It took months of slow recovery exercises and deep tissue massages before I finally felt 95% again.
I'm not sure what ligament or tendon or muscle you may have torn, but after the injury healed itself, poorly, overtime, everything healthy around it (muscles, ligaments, tendons) began compensating for the injured body part, creating imbalances and weak points.
Once that scar tissue locks your shoulder together, strength training is useless. You need to break up the scar tissue and release the surrounding area. You shouldn't be surprised how much your traps, lats, triceps, and biceps can affect your shoulder, because these are the areas that have been recruited to do the work that your injured shoulder cannot.
One way to tell if you have a shoulder injury is to take a light weight, 10 - 15 lbs, and slowly do lateral shoulder raises. If when you reach the top of the movement, you feel your shoulder roll forward or your trap shrug up, you're probably injured. This is a prime example of the surrounding areas compensating for the injured body part.
Shoulder injuries are tough to recover from because they take lots of patience. Hope I could help.

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I pulled my shoulder about 2 years ago
and could not train my shoulders with any weights.What i used for shoulders was resistence bands,starting off very light.The bands really did help heal my shoulders,give them ago and see what happens.
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