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 Post subject: Shoulder injury
PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:07 am 
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Hi all,

about a month ago i took a nasty fall and picked up a shoulder injury. the Doc says i may have sprained it and its agrevating the A-C joint. He told stop all lifting and give it around 6 weeks to heal. i wasnt very happy about it but what are you going to do

that was around 4 weeks ago and i have just been concentrating on cardio in the mean time. but it doenst seem to be getting any better. i still cant lie on my right side and if i happen to lifft anything or stretch above my head without thinking it really hurts.

i dont mind the cardio but was making good progress with the weights and was well in to my GVT sessions.

Have any of you guys had any similar injuries and if so how long before you were training again?


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 Post subject: Re: Shoulder injury
PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:29 am 
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Grifftan wrote:
the Doc says i may have sprained it and its agrevating the A-C joint.
Really? Not any more specific than this? That's about the same as saying "you hurt your shoulder." Sprained what? A sprain is an injury of a ligament. So the doc should be able to tell you "you sprained your ____ ligament." And "aggravating" is hardly a medical term, except when used in a sentence like "my doctor is really aggravating." The A-C joint is a joint with very little movement. The ligaments of the A-C joint are quite commonly sprained. This is often referred to as a "shoulder separation." Since professional athletes get this, you should try for this diagnosis, and the associated status it confers. An A-C sprain is not difficult to diagnose--you just press on the joint, and if that doesn't make the patient scream in pain, you pull down on the arm while pressing on the joint. If the patient still doesn't scream, it's probably not the A-C joint that's causing the problem.

I'd ask my doc for a more specific diagnosis, and if he or she is unable to provide it, I'd ask for a referral to an orthopedist, or a sports medicine specialist (if you can find this rare breed). If it's an A-C sprain, just be patient.

Lifts that you can do without bothering your shoulder:

Body weight squats
Squats while wearing a weight belt or vest
Lunges, step-ups, Bulgarians, body weight or weight belt or vest
Machine (I hate to say it) leg presses and curls.
Careful, strict, concentration or preacher curls

The reality is that you can probably safely do anything that doesn't hurt.

If you really have an AC sprain, they can take a long time to heal. Be patient, do your cardio, any other lifts that you can do without bothering the shoulder. You'll get back into it eventually.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:43 am 
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Hi,

thanks for the advise, thats great :lol:

Sorry i was a bit vague on what the injury actually is. to be honest it has been a few weeks since i went to the Dr and the sprain and AC joint are the only points that stuck in my mind. The Doc did draw me a picture but it kinda went over my head lol

i got to go back to get a sick note for the couple of days i was off work so will try and get a better idea then.

thanks again for the advice


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