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Old 04-26-2007, 12:47 PM
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hi guys...i want to talk 2 u about something. i need some advice and explanations for what is going on with my shoulder...recently after doing benchpress and some other excerses i worked hard and pulled heavy weights...and i mean HEAVY...about 150-180 pounds(that was the one where u sit and pull this stick down at u and then release itthing) the bench press weight was about 20-30 KGs. I dont think the bench press caused the problem cause i always lift that much...The problem i have is that when i rotate my right shoulder around like in a circle it starts to crack, like the joint is loose or somthin. Its been happening for more than 2 weeks. When im doing a benchpress and the bar is on my chest, my shoulder cracks and i feel a sharp pain in it. I think iv described it as much as i can. Simply: My right shoulder cracks and it hurts.
I dont think this is muscle growth since it is not happening in my left shoulder and i already have big muscles so i dont think that is the skin rippin apart...its from inside the shoulder....

I will try to see a doctor soon but in the meantime can u guys just give me some information please? thanks alot
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:59 PM
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Since you have a crepitus (cracking, grating, or clicking) AND pain then it is probably the result of an instability cause by an injury. One obvious example that would cause this is a rotator cuff tear. It could be other things. Definitely see a doctor.

The things I would suggest you may need is some type of rotator cuff stregthening program (both shoulders) but you should wait to get it diagnosed.

Also it is very important that your shoulders be worked in a balanced way. This means if you do a bench you need to do the opposite movement. Rows preferably and/or rear lateral raises. You need to be doing some overhead pressing (but not too excessively) and this is even more necessary if you are doing pulldowns or pullups.

Right now you need to stop what you are doing and give the area a rest and then you are going to have to rehabilitate it for a while. Again, pending a doctor's instructions.

At the top of the training thread there is an injuires sticky that has tons of shoulder info in it.

Another thing is you need to warm up the shoulders a little before hitting them hard. If bench press was the first exerciese in your workout you should be doing a general warmup (which may include some shoulder rotations) and then warm up with light bench pressing moving to heavy. If you had already warmed up and performed other excercises you still wouldn't want to go right to you heavy sets of bench as this could cause injury. You'd still need something to get ready.
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Old 04-27-2007, 02:16 AM
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hmm i think i see my problem now....i used to first just start with like 20KGs benchpress and do alot (about 12-15 which was kinda medium-heavy). Then i start to lose some of my energy and do about 8-10...then after taking rests of about 1 min i continue and in the end to showoff and break the limits i put about 40 KGs and do like 3-5 presses. Maybe its because i was so tough on my body it might have gotten injured?

I asked a fellow bodybuilder about it and he told me that it couldnt have been a ripped muscle because if it was, i would be in a lot of pain and wont be able to move it. i can still lift weights and stuff but it just cracks a bit when i do so...my coach told me to see a doctor and that he wasnt sure and it might be a little rip in a muscle? do u think that it could have been a little rip in the muscle thats causin this or that would cause even greater symptoms?

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Old 04-27-2007, 07:07 AM
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I think you need to read the stickies and articles and how to lift and warm up. It would help you out.
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Before when i benched i think i did something to my shoulder. It had a pain at the collar bone where the trap attaches to the shoulder. I tried doing dips in the same session and couldnt bear to do any. Without regard to the injury (im stubborn), i just kept on my regular schedule and it went away within a week or so. Is that where your injury is? And no, i'm not saying your ok to train with your injury...
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The shoulder is the most complicated joint in the body. You can definitely have an injury where there is not too much pain. And there is bound to come a time when, like Scorcher, you "tweak" something in your shoulder and it will resolve on it's on. Lots of times injuries to the shoulder are "static" meaning they are just there and you work around them doing the things that don't hurt. But if there is a certain practice that led to the problem, and you continue with that, you are bound to make something little a lot bigger.

Don't let guys in the gym diagnose you.

Do what Dave said plus see a doctor to be sure. I have a feeling you doing a whole lot of bench and not having a well rounded routine which is a classic way (these days) to screw up you shoulders.
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I agree with Dave and Eric on reading the stickies on lifting and warming up properly as the information will help, but you need to make sure you don't have something serious going on...see a doc. Take care of yourself now so you don't have problems later.
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:39 AM
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thanks guys, i think my prob is solved now
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Old 06-22-2007, 11:13 AM
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When I do shoulders my left shoulder sometimes pops, so... that means I stop doing that exercise immediately. For instance on shoulder days my left shoulder usually always is more sore, so I have to be very careful with it. I still keep my shoulder workouts intense and heavy, but you definitely don't won't that pop, because if your shoulder gets f@#$ed so does most of the rest of your workouts. By now I have learned what exercises I can do. I too should probably start at a lower weight for my first exercise, (usually standing press), but you get so excited and pumped. But, again I like you HAVE TO AVOID the pop in the shoulder, IMO its ok to be a little extra sore, and I expect it because its been like this since I was like 16, now 23. Also my sorness goes away with the rest of my shoulder soreness, from lifting, like chest, bi, tri, and so on. Take heed to it though and don't over stress it. Last thing, like me if it hurts and you know that it isn't just from being pumped stop the workout immediatly. The shoulder is a precious thing bro.
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